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 responsible for deploying combat-ready Airmen in support of worldwide contingency taskings and employs personnel to generate 3,597 sorties per year.
Colonel Orgeron was commissioned in 1999 as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of flying assignments including T-38A/C and F-15C instructor pilot, flight commander, standardization evaluation flight examiner, and Director of Operations. His staff assignments include Deputy Master Air Attack Plan Chief with the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Combat Plans Division, and Chief A3 Ballistic Missile Defense and Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He is a command pilot with over 2,600 flying hours.
1999 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Air War College, by correspondence
November 1999 – November 2000, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
December 2000 – May 2001, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
May 2001 – April 2004, T-38 Instructor Pilot and Executive Officer, Columbus AFB, Miss.
May 2004 – May 2005, F-15C Student Upgrade Pilot, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
May 2005 – May 2008, F-15C Mission Commander, 67th Fighter Squadron Unit Deployment Manager and Assistant Chief of Weapons and Tactics, and 18th Operational Support Squadron Chief of Current Fighter Operations, Kadena AB, Japan
June 2008 – July 2010, F-15C Instructor Pilot, Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight Commander, and Training Flight Commander, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
July 2010 – June 2011, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Jul 2011 – June 2012, Senior Offensive Duty Officer, 617th Air and Space Operations Center Combat Operations Division; and Deputy Master Air Attack Plan Chief, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Combat Plans Division, Ramstein AB, Germany
June 2012 – April 2013, Chief A3 Ballistic Missile Defense and Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany
April 2013- July 2013, Student Upgrade Pilot, Kingsley AB, Ore.
Aug 2013-April 2014, F-15C Instructor Pilot and 44th Fighter Squadron Director of Staff, Kadena AB, Japan
May 2014 – May 2016, F-15C Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner and 67th Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, Kadena AB, Japan
May 2016 – present, F-15C Instructor Pilot and Commander, Detachment 2, 56th Operations Group, Kingsley Field, Ore.
Rating: Command pilot
Flying hours: More than 2,600, including more than 1,200 in the F-15C
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38A/C, and F-15C/D,
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
NATO Non-Article 5 Medal (Operation Unified Protector)
2003 Company Grade Officer of the Year, 50th Flying Training Squadron
2004 Top Gun, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Class 04-MB
2005 Distinguished graduate, Top Gun, and Top Academic Award F-15C Basic Course
2005 Francis Gabreski Award, USAF Top Air-to-Air Fighter Pilot, American Fighter Aces Association
2006 Unit Deployment Manager of the Year, 18th Operations Group
2007 Flight Lead of the Year, 18th Operations Support Squadron
2007 Top Third Graduate, Squadron Officer School
2009 Flight Commander of the Year, 325th Operations Support Squadron and 325th Operations Group
2011 Top 15% Graduate, Air Command and Staff College
2011 Honor graduate, Air and Space Operations Center
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1999
First Lieutenant June 2, 2001
Captain June 2, 2003
Major Nov. 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 2013