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COL Brad Bishop, Commander, 194th Engineer Brigade

Commander 194th Engineer Brigade

Colonel Brad Bishop is a native and resident of Brownsville, Tennessee; he graduated from Haywood High School in 1983 and received his BS Degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He has been married to wife Kim Howse Bishop for 21 years. He enlisted into the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Private First Class in 1984 and received his commission through the Tennessee Military Academy in 1988.

 

Colonel Bishop’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Advance Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Military Police Officers Pre-Command course and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.

 

Colonel Bishop’s assignments include: Armor Platoon Leader, Aid-de-camp to the Adjutant General of Tennessee, Commander, Headquarters Company 4-109 Armor Battalion, Commander Headquarters Company 230th Engineer Battalion, Commander West Tennessee Recruiting and Retention Command and currently serves  as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineers.

Colonel Bishop has been deployed 2 times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as the Branch Chief Multi-National Logistics, 377th Theater Support Command and as the Commander of the 168th Military Police Battalion.

 

His awards and decorations include: 2 Bronze Star’s, 2 Meritorious Service Medal’s,  the Army Commendation Medal 2nd award , National Defense Service Metal 2nd Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Metal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star.

COL Milton Thompson, Commander, 30th Troop Command

Commander 30th Troop Command

Colonel Milton Thompson is the Commander of the 30th Troop Command, headquartered in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Thompson, a Nashville native, is the Deputy Director of Human Resources Office at Joint Forces Headquarters, Tennessee National Guard. He enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Draftsman and Surveyor in the 194th Engineer Brigade in 1985 and received his commission from Vanderbilt University in 1987.

 

Thompson deployed and served as the 194th Engineer Brigade’s Adjutant (G-1) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also served in numerous overseas tours to include Operation “Bright Star” in Egypt and Operation “Key Resolve” in Korea.

 

Before assuming command of the 30th Troop Command, Thompson was the battalion commander the 301st Troop Command and commanded the 913th CSE Engineer Company as well serving in as various staff positions throughout his career. His awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous other awards.

 

Thompson is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Adjutant General’s Transition course, Engineer Officer Advance course and the Chemical Officer Basic Course. His civilian education includes a Master’s degree from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee.

 

(Current as of 4/10/2016)

COL Warner Holt, Commander, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Commander, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Tennessee Army National Guard

COL H. Warner Holt, II is the 12th Colonel of the Regiment.  COL Holt enlisted in the National Guard in 1983 and received his commission in 1987 from the Tennessee Military Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990 and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

 

COL Holt has served in all levels of leadership including Service Battery Commander, Firing Battery Commander, Squadron S4, Field Artillery Brigade O&I, Squadron S3, Squadron Executive Officer, Squadron Commander, Regimental Fire Support Coordination Officer and J5, Joint Staff.

 

His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Fort Sill, OK; Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Fort Sill, OK; Combined Arms & Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

 

In February, 2010, COL Holt deployed with the 278th ACR as the Commander of the Field Artillery Squadron in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment he was assigned as the Garrison Commander for Contingency Operating Site Marez and Logistics Support Area Diamondback.  COL Holt also commanded his three organic Convoy Security Companies that executed numerous combat convoy escort missions throughout Northern Iraq. In 2006, COL Holt served as the Team Chief for an Embedded Training Team (ETT) supporting the 3-207th Infantry Kandak, Afghanistan National Army, where he served in the Provinces of Helmand and Herat in Central and Western Afghanistan. In 2005, COL Holt deployed with the 196th Field Artillery Brigade as the S3 for an Embedded Training Team (ETT) supporting the 3-207th Infantry Kandak, Afghanistan National Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

COL Holt’s awards include the Bronze Star w/ oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

 

On the civilian side, Warner has worked with various contractors at Arnold Air Force Base, TN for over 25 years.  He is currently a manager in the Mission Support Department with Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA).  He is a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) and has worked in various maintenance roles to include the Deputy Branch Manager for Civil Engineering and Facilities Operations and Maintenance for ATA.

 

COL Holt is married to Nancy and they have two children, Jacob and Alexis.

 

 

COL Steven Barney, Commander, 230th Sustainment Brigade

Commander, 230th Sustainment Brigade

COL Steven Barney is the Commander of the 230th Sustainment Brigade, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Col Keith A. Allbritten, Commander, 118th Wing

COLONEL KEITH A. ALLBRITTEN

Colonel Keith A. Allbritten is the Commander, 118th Wing, Berry Field ANGB, Nashville, TN.  Col Allbritten entered the Air Force in 1989, receiving his commission from Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Medina Annex.  Upon completion of undergraduate navigator training at Mather AFB, CA, Col Allbritten was assigned to the KC-135R at McConnell AFB, KS.  In 1994, he transferred to C-130Es at Little Rock AFB, AR, serving in an operational squadron and a schoolhouse unit.  After completing his Air Force commitment in 2000, he joined the Air National Guard in Nashville. After a tour as Chief of Wing Plans, he served as Operations Officer and later Commander of the 105th Airlift Squadron.  In 2010, he became the Operations Group Deputy Commander, where he served until his appointment as Vice Commander in 2012.  He became the 118th Wing Commander in October 2015.

 

Col Allbritten is a master navigator with over 6200 flying hours in a variety of aircraft, to include T-37, T-43, KC-135A, KC-135R, C-130E, WC-130H, and C-130H2.   He has over 340 combat hours and has flown in support of numerous Operations while deployed, to include Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Deny Flight, Restore Hope, Joint Guard, Joint Forge, Joint Endeavor, Coronet Oak, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with Valor

Army Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device

Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

AF Overseas Ribbon Short

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

AF Longevity Service

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 ‘M’ Devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

AF Training Ribbon

NATO Medal

Kuwait Liberation Medal, Government of Kuwait

 

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES of PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant - Nov 7, 1989

First Lieutenant - Nov 7, 1991

Captain - Nov 7, 1993

Major - Aug 24, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel - Aug 24, 2007

Colonel - May 17, 2012

 

(Current as of October 2015)

EDUCATION

1988 - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics/English, Murray State University, Murray, KY

1996 - Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

1997 - Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

1998 - Master’s Degree, Business, Webster University

1998 - C-130 Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, St. Joseph, MO

2002 - Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2005 - Intermediate Development Course, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, TN

2005 - Responsible Officer’s Course/Force Protection Level II, Hurlburt Field, FL

2007 - Air War College, by correspondence

2011 - Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Kirtland AFB, NM

2012 - Commander’s Development Course, Andrews AFB, VA

2012 - Government Flight Representative Course, Defense Contract Management Agency

2013 - AFSO21 Senior Leader Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2013 - Joint Firepower Course, Nellis AFB, NV

2014 - Joint Domestic Operations Course

2014 - Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Training, Falls Church, VA

2015 - Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA

2015 - Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, USNORTHCOM, Peterson Air Force Base, CO

2015 - Dual Status Commander Orientation Course, USNORTHCOM, Peterson Air Force Base, CO

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. November 1989 – May 1991: Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather AFB/Castle AFB, CA

2. June 1991 – August 1994: Instructor/Evaluator Navigator, KC-135R, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB

3. 3. August 1994 – December 1998: C-130 Instructor/Evaluator Navigator, 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB

4. January 1999 – March 2000: Flight Commander/Formal Training Unit instructor, 53rd Flying Training Squadron, Little Rock AFB

5. March 2000 – December 2008: Instructor/Evaluator Navigator, Wing Plans Chief, 118th Airlift Wing, Berry Field ANGB

6. January 2008 – September 2009: Operations Officer, 105th Airlift Squadron, Berry Field ANGB

7. September 2009 – August 2010: Squadron Commander, 105th Airlift Squadron, Berry Field ANGB

8. August 2010 – April 2012: Deputy Commander, 118th Operations Group

9. April 2012 – Oct 2015: Vice Commander, 118th Wing

Oct 2015: Commander, 118th Wing

 

 

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Master Navigator

Flying Hours: More than 6,200

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-43, KC-135A, KC-135R, C-130E, C-130H2, WC-130H

 

 

Col Thomas Cauthen, Commander, 134th Air Refueling Wing
Colonel Thomas S. Cauthen Photo

COLONEL THOMAS S. CAUTHEN

Colonel Thomas S. Cauthen is the Wing Commander, 134th Air Refueling Wing Tennessee Air National Guard. A native of East Tennessee, Colonel Cauthen joined the Tennessee Air National Guard in July 1984. He accepted a commission in December 1984 through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science and earned his wings from Reese Air Force Base, Texas in February 1986. After completing KC-135 Combat Crew Training at Castle Air Force Base, California, Colonel Cauthen returned to McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in September 1986. In 1990 he upgraded to Aircraft Commander and became an Instructor Pilot in 1993. Colonel Cauthen's next assignment came in November 1998 as the Operations Support Flight Commander and he became the 151st Air Refueling Squadron Commander in June 2001. In October 2003, Colonel Cauthen moved to Maintenance as the Maintenance Squadron Commander. He became the Maintenance Group Commander in January 2004 and served in that capacity until August 2006 when he

assumed the position of Vice Commander. In June 2011, Col Cauthen was selected as Wing Commander.

 

Colonel Cauthen has flown combat support aerial refueling missions for Desert Shield, Southern

Watch, Joint Forge, Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation

Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, Colonel Cauthen has deployed to Incirlik, Turkey as the 385th AEF

Operations Officer supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, to Istres, France as the Operations

Officer for Joint Forge, and to Mildenhall, England as the 171st AEW Operations Group Commander

supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. From August - Nov 2000, Colonel Cauthen was an initial cadre

Instructor Pilot for the 134th ARW conversion to Pacer Crag (Block 30).

 

EDUCATION:

1984 Bachelor degree in Pre-Engineering from Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn.

1988 Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

1995 Squadron Officer School (by correspondence)

1999 Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)

2003 Air War College (by correspondence)

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 1. March 1985 - February 1986, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Tex.

 2. February 1986 - June 1986, student, KC-135A Copilot Combat Crew Training, Castle AFB, Calif.

 3. September 1986 - June 1990, KC-135E Copilot, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 4. June 1990 - March 1993, KC-135E Aircraft Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 5. March 1993 - Present, KC-135 Instructor Pilot, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 6. November 1998 - June 2001, Operations Support Flight Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 7. June 2001 - October 2003, 151st Air Refueling Squadron Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 8. October 2003 - January 2004, Maintenance Squadron Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 9. January 2004 - August 2006, Maintenance Group Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 10. August 2006 - June 2011, Vice Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

 11. June 2011 - Present, Wing Commander

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: Over 5400

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135A, KC-135E and KC-135R

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 bronze oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon

Air Force Longevity Service Award with bronze oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hour glass

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Tennessee National Guard War Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters

Tennessee National Guard Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters

Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon

Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Recruiting and Retention Unit Citation

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant December 6, 1984

First Lieutenant December 15, 1986

Captain January 7, 1989

Major June 21, 1995

Lieutenant Colonel June 24,1999

Colonel July 22, 2004

 

(Current as of January 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

Col Raymond S. Robinson IV, Commander, 164th Airlift Wing

Commander, 164th Airlift Wing

Col Raymond S. Robinson IV is Commander of the 164 Airlift Wing, Memphis, Tennessee.  One of the Air National Guard's five strategic airlift wings, the  164th is trained and equipped to provide rapid global mobility in C-17 aircraft supporting National Security Objectives. In peacetime, the 164th reports to the Governor of Tennessee providing emergency relief and support to civil defense authorities preserving peace, order and public safety. The Wing comprises approximately 1000 personnel with over 300 military civil service and civilian employees.

 

Col Robinson graduated from the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in May 1987. Next, he received his commission as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in May 1991. His previous assignment was the Commander, 164 Operations Group, Memphis Tennessee, where he oversaw flying operations for eight C-5A aircraft before leading the conversion to eight C-17A aircraft. Moreover, he led over 170 Air Guard Technicians, Active Guard/Reservists, and Traditional Guardsmen supporting and executing strategic airlift missions. As a Command Pilot, he has commanded combat support missions during Operations NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. In addition, he is MD-11 Pilot at United Parcel Service.

 

EDUCATION:

1991 - Bachelor's Degree, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

1995 - Master's Degree, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1995 - Squadron Officer's School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2006 - Air Command and Staff College  (Non-resident program)

2008 - Air War College (Non-resident program)

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Aug 1991 - Sep 1992 - Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK

2. Sep 1992 -  Jul 1995 - C-17 Test Project Manager, Edwards AFB, CA

3. Jul 1995 - Dec 1998 - Asst Flight Commander/C-141 Aircraft Commander, McChord AFB, WA

4. Dec 1998 - Dec 2000 - C-141 Instructor Pilot/Training Flight Commander, McGuire AFB, NJ

5. Dec 2000 - Nov 2005 - C-141C Instructor Pilot, 155 Airlift Squadron, Memphis ANGB, TN

6. Nov 2005 - Apr 2008 - C-5A Pilot/Flight Commander, 155 Airlift Squadron, Memphis ANGB, TN

7. Apr  2008 - Jul 2010 - Operations Officer, 155 Airlift Squadron, Memphis ANGB, TN

8. Jul 2010 - Jun 2011 - Commander, 155 Airlift Squadron, Memphis ANGB, TN

9. Jun 2011 - Jan 2015 - Commander, 164 Operations Group, Memphis ANGB, TN

10. Jan 2015 - Present - Vice Commander, 164 Airlift Wing, Memphis ANGB, TN

11. May 2016 - Present - Commander, 164th Airlift Wing, Memphis ANGB, TN

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 6000 hours

Aircraft Flown: C-141, C-5, C-17, T-1, F-16, F-15, C-23, A-37, MD-11, B757, B767 and B747

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATION

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal, 1 Device

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 4 Devices

Combat Readiness Medal, 5 Devices

National Defense Service Medal, 1 Device

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 2 Devices

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

AF Overseas Ribbon Short

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Longevity Service Award, 2 Devices

Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 1 Device

Air Force Training Ribbon

Tennessee National Guard War Service Ribbon

 

EFFECTIVE DATES of PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant 29 May 1991

First Lieutenant 29 May 1993

Captain  29 May 1995

Major   26 Jun 2001

Lieutenant Colonel   8 Aug 2006

Colonel             17 Dec 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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