56th Fighter Wing Leadership

 

                                       

                                 Commander                                    Vice Commander                          Chief Master Sergeant
                       Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard                    Col. David G. Shoemaker                 CMSgt Randy Kwiatkowski 
                                      
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Group Commanders

    

                                                                
           Maintenance Group Commander           Medical Group Commander              Operations Group Commander                Mission Support Group                 54th Fighter Group Commander                     
                        Col. Rick Ainsworth                                Col. Jeffrey Freeland                         Col. Benjamin Bishop                           Col. Robert Sylvester                             Col. James Keen                                        
             
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                                                                                      Community Initiative Director             Range Management Office Director
                                                                                                                     
James Mitchell                                  Charles Buchanan
                                                                                                                       
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LIEUTENANT COLONEL SCOTT B. HALL

Lt. Col. Scott B. Hall is the Commander, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz. Colonel Hall was commissioned in 2000 through AFROTC at Alabama State University. He has served in a variety of acquisition, aircraft maintenance, and staff assignments. His aircraft experience includes the B-1B, JSTARS, F-16, and A-10. Colonel Hall also
7/22
2016
Col Ainsworth Official Photo COLONEL RICK L. AINSWORTH

Col. Rick L. Ainsworth is the Commander, 56th Maintenance Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Colonel Ainsworth graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1992. He is a career maintenance officer with experience across 10 different
7/27
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAVIER I. ANTUÑA

Lt. Col. Javier I. Antuña is the Commander, 21st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  He leads and directs more than 120 active duty, Reserve, Taiwan, and civilian personnel responsible for training Taiwan pilots in advanced F-16 tactics as part of the PEACE FENGHUANG program. Colonel Antuña was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He received
7/21
2016
CAPTAIN MATTHEW P. AVILA

Capt. Matthew P. Avila is the Commander, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  He is responsible for the operation of the largest fighter aircraft field training detachment in the Air Force, supervising 50 instructors in six flights consisting of 11 Air Force specialties.  He oversees the 56th Fighter Wing's
7/21
2016
MAJOR KENNETH B. BEEBE III

Maj. Kenneth B. Beebe III is the Commander, 54th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. He is responsible for 500 Airmen and 56 assigned F-16 aircraft worth $1.4B. He controls and executes a $250K budget to procure aircraft spares, tools, and test equipment in support of a 10,000 sortie/14,000 flying hour
7/21
2016
Bio Pic COLONEL BENJAMIN W. BISHOP

Col. Benjamin W. Bishop is the Commander, 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7/21
2016
COLONEL STEPHEN R. BODEN

Col. Stephen R. Boden is the Commander, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. He optimizes performance and ensures medical readiness of the human weapons system for the largest fighter wing in the Air Force. The colonel also provides comprehensive medical care to 5,500 uniformed personnel and 92,000 beneficiaries by promoting
7/27
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL GREGORY D. BOSCHERT

Lt. Col. Gregory D. Boschert is the Commander, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Colonel Boschert received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000.  He has held multiple base, numbered air force, and air operations center-level positions in Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and the Pacific Air
7/27
2016
Bio Photo LT. COL. MARIE-ANTONETTE C. BRANCATO

Lt. Col. Brancato is the Commander, 56th Dental Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz
7/21
2016
120918-F-JZ009-516 Mr. CHARLES E. BUCHANAN

Charles E. "Chas" Buchanan is the Director, 56th Fighter Wing Range Management Office, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
7/21
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL ANDREW C. CAGGIANO

Lt. Col. Andrew C. Caggiano is the Commander, 314th Fighter Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M..  He leads over 30 active-duty and Reserve Airmen in Holloman's newest fighter squadron.  The mission of the 314th Fighter Squadron is to train the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots.  The squadron graduates over 40 initial
7/27
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JERALD M. CANNY

Lt. Col. Jerald M. Canny is the Commander, 607th Air Control Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. As the commander of the Air Force's only formal training unit for control and reporting centers, he is responsible for developing policy and directing the training of command and control specialists for the Combat Air Force. He oversees training
7/27
2016
Col Charles Official Photo COL. MAUREEN A. CHARLES

Col. Maureen A. Charles is the Commander, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
7/21
2016
Lt. Col. Jason Cooper Bio photo LIEUTENANT COLONEL JASON L. COOPER

Lt. Col. Jason L. Cooper is the Commander, 425th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. He leads and directs more than 170 operations, maintenance, and support and supply personnel. Colonel Cooper is responsible for all phases of combat training for F-16 aircrew in a one-of-a-kind Republic of Singapore Air Force Foreign Military Sales Fighter Squadron. He directs all F-16 operations for 25 permanent party USAF and RSAF F-16 aircrew to ensure combat readiness and is responsible for their overall certifcation.
7/27
2016
COLONEL (DOCTOR) ROBERT W. CRAIG-GRAY

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Robert W. Craig-Gray is the Commander, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Dr. Craig-Gray, a Washington, D.C., native, initially entered the military in 1988 as a U.S. Marine Corps Reservist. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science
7/21
2016
Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Driscoll LT. COL. MICHAEL P. DRISCOLL

Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Driscoll is the Commander, 311th Fighter Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, Holloman Air Force Base, NM. He will lead more than 40 active-duty and Reserve personnel and as many as 25 student pilots. The mission of the 311th Fighter Squadron is to produce the world's greatest F-16 wingman and instructor pilots ready to meet the requirements of the combat air forces and to deploy mission-ready warfighters.
7/21
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL GREGORY G. FRANA

Lt. Col. Gregory G. Frana is the Commander, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Colonel Frana was commissioned in May 2000 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.  He was a distinguished graduate of both Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and the F-15E Basic Qualification
7/21
2016
Bio photo COLONEL JEFFREY J. FREELAND

Colonel Jeffrey J. Freeland is the Commander, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7/22
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL MICHAEL L. GETTE

Lt. Col. Michael L. Gette is the Commander, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  The squadron's mission is to train the world's greatest F-35 fighter pilots.Colonel Gette received his commission in 1999 through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  From there, he became a distinguished graduate of
7/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo MAJOR SCOTT A. HASELDEN

Maj. Scott A. Haselden is the Commander, 56th Security Forces Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Major Haselden enlisted in the Air Force in August 1994 and later received a commission upon graduation from Officer Training School in August 2004. His assignments include serving as the Operations and Training Flight Commander, 27th Special
7/27
2016
Bio Photo LT. COL. MATTHEW A. HAYDEN

Lt. Col. Matthew A. Hayden is the Commander, 56th Training Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7/21
2016
Bio Photo LT. COL. AARON JELINEK


7/27
2016
Maj. Jeffrey R. Kaepp is the Commander, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. MAJOR JEFFREY R. KAEPP

Maj. Jeffrey R. Kaepp is the Commander, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
7/21
2016
Bio Pic Colonel James R. Keen

Colonel James R. Keen is the Commander, 54th Fighter Group, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Activated in March 2014, the 54th Fighter Group is an F-16 Formal Training Unit under the command of the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona, and consists of more than 800 people including two Block 42 F-16 Squadrons, an operations support squadron and two maintenance squadrons.
8/09
2016
Col Kossler Official Photo COL. JAMES K. KOSSLER

Col. James K. Kossler is the Commander, 56th Mission Support Group, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
7/21
2016
Bio Photo CHIEF MSGT. RANDY KWIATKOWSKI

Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski is the Command Chief, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7/27
2016
Brig. Gen. Brook J. Leonard is the Commander, 56th Fighter Wing Luke Air Force Base, Arizona BRIG. GEN. BROOK J. LEONARD

Brig. Gen. Brook J. Leonard is the Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The wing's mission is to train the world's greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots. As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 23 squadrons with both F-16 and F-35A Lightning II aircraft, the 56th is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air
7/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo LIEUTENANT COLONEL TONYA Y. MACK

Lt. Col. Tonya Y. Mack is the Commander, 56th Force Support Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  She commands one of the most diverse squadrons on the installation, providing "cradle to grave" support for 93,000 military, civilian, retirees, and family members to include manpower and personnel, force development, community and sustainment
7/27
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL GREGORY C. MAYER

Lt. Col. Gregory C. Mayer is the Commander, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7/27
2016
Bio Photo MAJ. STUART R. MENN

Maj. Stuart R. Menn is the Commander of the 54th Maintenance Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, 56 Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base N.M
7/21
2016
140605-F-JZ552-946 JAMES "RUSTY" MITCHELL

James "Rusty" Mitchell is the Director, Community Initiatives Team, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. As the liaison between the base and surrounding communities, he coordinates dialogue and interaction to facilitate compatible growth in areas that impact Luke AFB. He engages with nine municipalities, Maricopa County, and the State of Arizona to advance
7/27
2016
MAJOR JOSEPH E. NICHOLAS

Maj. Joseph E. Nicholas is the Commander, 56th Comptroller Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Major Nicholas received his commission in 2001 after completing Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Ala. He has served in a variety of comptroller assignments across all wing and staff levels, including three deployments in support of Operation
7/27
2016
Bio photo LT. COL. BRAD E. ORGERON

Lt. Col. Brad E. Orgeron is the Commander, Detachment 2, 56th Operations Group, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore.  He leads 89 operations, maintenance, support and administrative personnel in the operation of 33 F-15C/D aircraft valued at $1.2 billion while producing active-duty, Guard and Reserve component air-to-air combat pilots.  He is
7/21
2016
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JEROD G. RICK

Lt. Col. Jerod G. Rick is the Commander, 54th Operations Support Squadron, 54th Fighter Group, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The squadron provides academic instruction to F-16 student pilots as well as direct operational support to the 54th Fighter Group. This includes course development, simulator instruction, weapons and tactics development,
7/21
2016
Col Shoemaker Official Photo COLONEL DAVID G. SHOEMAKER

Col. David G. Shoemaker is the Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
7/29
2016
Bio Pic LT. COL. ROCHELLE D. SMITH

Lt. Col. Rochelle D. Smith is the Commander, 56th Contracting Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  She directs a team of 44 military and civilian acquisition professionals in awarding $50 million annually for services, supplies, construction, and specialized contracts supporting the 56th Fighter Wing, 944th Fighter Wing, and associate units. The
7/27
2016
MAJOR LEWIS SORVILLO

Maj. Lewis Sorvillo is the Commander, 56th Communications Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Major Sorvillo enlisted in the Air Force in January 1994 and earned his commission in 2002 following graduation from Officer Training School. The major held a variety of assignments within the Communications Directorate at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in
7/21
2016
MAJOR ANTHONY W. SUTTON

Maj. Anthony W. Sutton is the Commander, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.Major Sutton enlisted in 1993 and was commissioned in 2003 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. He has held aircraft maintenance and logistics positions in Air Combat Command, Air Force
7/27
2016
Bio photo COLONEL ROBERT A. SYLVESTER

Colonel Robert A. Sylvester is the Commander, 56th Mission Support Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
8/11
2016
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