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COLONEL LUKE B. CASPER

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Colonel Luke B. Casper is the Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The wing's mission is to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 26 squadrons with F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II aircraft, the 56th is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force and graduates more than 90 F-35 pilots, 300 F-16 pilots, and 300 air control professionals annually. Additionally, the 56th Fighter Wing oversees the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and is steward of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, a military training range spanning more than 1 million acres of Sonoran desert.

 

Col. Casper earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He has served as a Standardizations and Evaluations Liaison Officer, Chief of Standardizations and Evaluations, Assistant Chief of Weapons, Wing Electronic Combat Pilot, Flight Commander, Wing Executive Officer, Aide de Camp to the Commander of Pacific Air Forces, Chief of Wing Safety, Director of Operations, Squadron Commander, and Combatant Command Division Chief. He has flown the F-16 world-wide to include sorties in defense of the Republic of Korea and combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

 

Colonel Casper is a command pilot with over 1,800 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, and F-16. He has more than 211 combat flying hours.

 

EDUCATION

2001 Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2012 Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL

2012 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

2013 Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI

2013 Advanced Studies Graduate, Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, Naval War College, Newport, RI

2018 Master of Science Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA

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ASSIGNMENTS

  1. August 2001 – Aug 2002, APT Student, Aviano AB, IT
  2. September 2002 – Jan 2004, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK
  3. March 2004 – Dec 2004, Student, F-16 Initial Qualification Training, Luke AFB, AZ
  4. January 2005 – Apr 2007, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation and Assistant Chief of Weapons, Cannon AFB, NM
  5. May 2007 – Mar 2010, Flight Commander and Wing Executive Officer, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
  6. March 2010 – Jun 2012, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI
  7. July 2012 – May 2013, Student, Naval War College, RI
  8. July 2012 – Sep 2013, Student, Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, Naval War College, RI
  9. January 2014 – May 2014, Chief of Wing Safety, Misawa AB, JP
  10. May 2014 – Jan 2015, Director of Operations, 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, JP
  11. March 2015 – April 2017, Commander, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, JP
  12. July 2017 – Jun 2018, Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, VA
  13. July 2018 – Jun 2019, Joint Planner, J5 Plans Division, USEUCOM, GE
  14. June 2019 – Jun 2020, Division Chief, Missile Defense and Space Division, J5, USEUCOM, GE
  15. June 2020 – Present, Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 1800, including 211 combat hours

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Iraq Campaign Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 30, 2001

First Lieutenant May 30, 2003

Captain May 30, 2005

Major March 01, 2011

Lieutenant Colonel February 01, 2015

Colonel February 01, 2020

 

(Current as of June 2020)

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