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Colonel Michele L. Kilgore is the Commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York. She is responsible for two C-130Hs and 10 ski-equipped LC-130Hs supporting operations on unprepared ice and snow surfaces in the Polar Regions for the National Science Foundation. The 109th Airlift Wing trains, equips, and deploys premier combat-ready Airmen to support state and national objectives.

Colonel Kilgore graduated the United States Air Force Academy in 1992. Colonel Kilgore is a 2002 graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, Calif., where she earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies. She served on active duty for 12 years before joining the New York Air National Guard in 2004. Colonel Kilgore has deployed seven times and flown missions in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. She is a Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the MQ-9, F-16C+, F-16CJ, EA-6B, KC-10A, and C-12F/J. Prior to her current assignment, the Colonel was the Commander, 174th Operations Group, 174th Attack Wing.

1992      Bachelor of Science Degree, Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000     USAF Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
2000     Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002     Master of Arts Degree, National Security Studies, California State University, San Bernardino, Calif.
2007     Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2014     Air War College, by correspondence
2015     Joint Staff Training Course, Joint Task Force - 4, Joint Force Headquarters, Latham, N.Y.
2017     Joint Task Force Commanders Training Course, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2017     Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

1.     1992 – 1993, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2.     1993 – 1995, KC-10A Pilot, C-12F Pilot, 9th/709th ARS, 722nd ARW, March AFB, Calif.
3.     1995 – 1997, KC-10A Aircraft Commander, Mission Controller, 6th ARS, 60th AMW, Travis AFB, Calif.
4.     1997 – 1998, C-12J Evaluator/Inst Pilot, Chief of Scheduling & Safety, 55th ALF, 51st FW, Osan AB, South Korea
5.     1998 – 1999, F-16 Student Pilot, 308th Fighter Squadron, 56th FW, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6.     2000 – 2002, F-16 Chief of Safety, AEF Operations Officer, 14th FS, 35th FW, Misawa AB, Japan
7.     2002 – 2004, EA-6B Logistics/Mobility Department Head, VAQ-133, NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
8.     2004 – 2004, Department Head, Electronic Attack Weapons School (EAWS), NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.
9.     2004 – 2006, Assistant Flight Commander, 138th FS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
10.   2006 – 2007, Range Control Officer, 138th FS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
11.   2007 – 2010, Flight Commander, F-16 Supervisor of Flying, Ops Supervisor, 138th FS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
12.   2010 – 2012, Officer in Charge - Student Flight, 107th AW, Niagara Falls IAP, N.Y.
13.   2012 – 2013, Assistant Director of Operations/MQ-9 Support, 138th ATKS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
14.   2013 – 2014, Deputy Branch Chief, RPA ISR (NGB/A3YR), Joint Base Andrews, Md.
15.   2014 – 2015, Director of Operations, 174th Operations Support Squadron, Hancock Field, N.Y.
16.   2015 – 2017, Commander, 174th Operations Group, Hancock Field, N.Y.
17.   2017 – Present, Commander, 109th AW, Stratton ANGB, Scotia, N.Y.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: Over 3,500
Aircraft flown: MQ-9, F-16C+, F-16CJ, EA-6B, KC-10A, C-12F/J

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Navy Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant, May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant, May 27, 1994
Captain, May 27, 1996
Major, Nov. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel, Nov. 15, 2007
Colonel, March 10, 2016

(Current as of October 2017)