Col. Edward G. Hamill is Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz. As the IMA, Col Hamill advises and assists the Commander. 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 Force and graduates more than 300 F-16 pilots and 300 air control professionals annually. The wing is also responsible for the squadrons under the 54th Fighter Group located at Holloman AFB, N.M. Previously, Col Hamill served as
the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to the state of Arizona. As the AZ EPLO, he coordinated with Federal, State, Territorial, local, Tribal civil emergency management structures and Air Force leadership in times of crisis and national disasters. He also provided annual DSCA (Defense Support of Civil Authorities) training to Luke and Davis-Monthan AFB Fighter Wing Commanders. Previous to EPLO, Col Hamill served as the Vice Commander, 56 Fighter Wing.

Colonel Hamill was born in Park Ridge, Ill., and grew up in Orange County, Calif. He entered the Air Force in 1990 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at San Diego State University. He has been assigned to numerous operational flying, command, and staff positions. The colonel has instructed in all phases of F-16 flight training at Luke AFB for 16 years, both on active duty and in the Air Force Reserve, and previously served as Deputy Commander of the 944th Operations Group. Prior to his current assignment, he was a Joint Fires Operations Officer, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.

1989 Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, San Diego State University, Calif.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2011 Air War College, by correspondence
2014 Master's degree in science and administration, Central Michigan University

1. April 1990 - May 1991, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2. Ju1y 1991 - January 1993, Banked Pilot, Deputy Chief of the Logistics Plans Flight, and Executive Officer, 56th Logistics Support Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
3. January 1993 - March 1993, Student, Banked Pilot Requalification Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
4. April 1993 - July 1993, Student, Fighter Lead-In Training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
5. October 1993 - March 1994, Student, F-16 Training, 311th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. April 1994 - May 1995, F-16 Fighter Pilot and Deputy Chief of Training, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
7. June 1995 - May 1997, F-I6 Four-Ship Flight Lead, Squadron Programmer, and Weapons Branch Chief, 23rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8. May 1997 - June 1997, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 1997 - September 1997, Student, F-I6 Instructor Pilot Upgrade, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
10. September 1997 - March 2000, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Functional Check Flight Pilot, Academic Platform Instructor, and Daily Programmer, 63rd Fighter Squadron; and Executive Officer, 56th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
11. December 2002 - November 2009, F-16 Instructor Pilot (TR) and Assistant Director of Operations, 69th Fighter Squadron, , Luke AFB, Ariz.
12. June 2010 - May 2011, F-16 Instructor Pilot (TR) and Flight Commander, 69th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
13. May 2011 - May 2012, F-16 Instructor Pilot (TR) and Commander, 944th Operational Support Flight, Luke AFB, Ariz.
14. May 2012 - June 2013, F-16 Instructor Pilot (TR) and Deputy Commander, 944th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
15. July 2013 - May 2015, Joint Fires Operations Officer (IMA), Operations Directorate (J3) USCENTCOM JOC, Operations Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Inherent Resolve (Iraq/Syria), Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
16. June 2015 –September 2015, Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz (IMA).
17. June 2015 – August 2017, Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for Arizona (IMA).
18. August 2017 – present, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz. (IMA).

June 2013 - June 2015, Chief, Joint Fires Element, Joint Operations Center, J3 Operations Directorate, US Central Command Headquarters, MacDill AFB, Florida (IMA)

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,400
Aircraft flown: F-16, T-37, and T-38

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Second Lieutenant Nov. 15, 1989
First Lieutenant Nov. 15, 1991
Captain Nov. 15, 1993
Major Oct. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 22, 2008
Colonel May 1, 2015

(Current as of Aug 2017)
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Thunderbolts - have you heard there were updates to AFI 36-2903? Check out some of the major changes in this short video and then get smart on all of them by reviewing the full list here: https://go.usa.gov/xU9kX
Krav Maga instructors visited Luke Air Force Base last week to teach our Security Forces #defenders combative techniques that they can use in their daily operations to ensure the safety of themselves and our personnel. Upon completion of the seven-day Krav Maga training, the members became instructor certified to teach military and government employees.
Did you know the AFMS - Luke - 56th Medical Group​ operates a pharmacy in Scottsdale 2 days a week to better serve the beneficiaries in the east valley? Here’s what you need to know: 1️⃣ open Mon & Thur 0900-1500 2️⃣ located at 7301 E 4th St, Suite 7 Scottsdale AZ 3️⃣ call 623-856-3450 for assistance 4️⃣ to refill a prescription call 623-856-3969
Each week an Airman is recognized from the 56th Fighter Wing as the Thunderbolt of the Week for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Join us in congratulating the amazing Airmen of Thunderbolt nation!
Have you seen those scenes in movies where the computer geniuses track the bad guys trying to break into a network and stop them?! Well we just got our own version...kind of. 💻⛔️🔍 Luke's network security was recently upgraded with the Mission Defense Team reaching initial operating capability. The MDT monitors base network traffic and communicates any threats, anomalies, or suspicious activity. Learn more about how the Air Force is transforming Communication Squadrons to optimize #cyber security for weapons systems and networks.
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The U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight Team is heading to the UK to take part in the #RAF100 festivities this weekend!
Thunderbolts - don't make dinner plans for Thursday night...come out to Club Five Six and take part in the PF Chang's food truck!
We recently had the honor of hosting Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan. During his visit he gained insight into #F35 training operations and served as the guest speaker for the 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A basic course graduation. ⭐️ Fun Fact! Under Secretary Donovan graduated from the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke in 1983 as an F-15 Eagle pilot and his initial instructor pilot was an exchange officer from the Royal Australian Air Force. The #61FS continues the legacy of #Mateship and strengthening alliances today. 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWUC
“As you progress in your career and you advance in rank, you find that your responsibilities change and your role in the organization changes. You take what you get and you learn from it. Every experience you have, you take something away.” For DeLand, Fla. native Capt Kristi Machado her journey from college graduate to Enlisted Airman to Force Support Officer is one of optimism and pragmatism that led her to becoming the leader she is today. Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUjtp #KnowYourMil
Chief Wright just announced an update to the Enlisted Force Structure. Take a few min to review and if you have any questions let us know and we’ll do our best to get them answered.
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We had a blast at LukeEvents Freedom Fest Friday night! If you couldn't make it or need more fireworks in your life here are a few place around the West Valley you can find them tomorrow night! 🎇Westgate Firework Fest | 5-9pm 🎇⚾️Surprise Fourth of July baseball game and fireworks | game starts at 5:30pm, fireworks 8:30pm 🎇Goodyear's Star-Spangled 4th | 6-10pm 🎇Buckeye's Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration | 7-9pm 🎇Red, White and Boom! at The Wigwam | 6-8:30pm 🎇Tolleson 4th of July Celebration | starts at 4pm 🎇Peoria's All-American Festival | fireworks at 9:15pm *some events are free and some require tickets so give them a quick google search to get all the details!* 📸: A1C Alex Cook
#DYK that servicemembers can register to vote by absentee ballot in whatever state they are a resident of? Watch this video from the Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP to learn more! You can also call the Luke A&FRC for help getting registered and requesting your ballot at 623-856-6550.
Every day we build fighter pilots. Airman Magazine recently spent time with the 54th Fighter Group to learn more about how we are helping the United States Air Force get after the complex issue of the pilot shortage.
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Thunderbolts time for some #SummerSafety reminders! Even though we only hit 110 degrees 5 times so far in June (compared to 11 times from 2015-2017) it’s still hot enough to need to hydrate and wear your SPF every day. 🔥🔥🔥 What else do you do to stay cool?
Today Luke Air Force Base completed our 20,000th #F35 sortie! We continue to build the future of airpower with an amazing total force, partner nation and industry team! Congrats to all who played a part! 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇮🇹🇳🇴🇯🇵 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve Luke AFB F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office F-35 Lightning II
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