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Col. Joseph D. McFall is the Commander, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (EUCOM) and the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (AFRICOM), Ramstein Air Base, Germany. These specialized wings provide battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. The two wings are comprised of 6 groups, 29 squadrons and more than 2,700 personnel across 16 installations in Germany, Italy and Africa. Specific areas of expertise include tactical air control-party, battlefield weather, air base opening and operations, command and control, aerial port, aircraft maintenance, security, theater-wide communications, personnel recovery, tactical airlift, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

Colonel McFall received his commission through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993. He has more than 2500 flying hours in the F-16, including 795 hours of combat time during OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WWATCH, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has commanded the 35th Operations Support Squadron at Misawa AB, Japan and most recently served as the Vice Commander, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany.

1993 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2002 Danish Language Course, Defense Language Institute East, Arlington, VA.
2004 Master of Business Administration in International Business, Touro University International, Cypress, CA.
2005 Master of Arts in National Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
2010 Air War College by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2012 Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C.

1. September 1993 - October 1994, student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX.
2. February 1994 - September 1995, F-16 Reserve Training Unit, Luke AFB, AZ.
3. October 1995 - February 1998, standardization evaluation liaison officer, later, assistant training officer, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, ID.
4. February 1998 - February 1999, Chief, wing scheduling and instructor pilot, 8th Operations Support
Squadron, 80th FS, Kunsan AB, South Korea.
5. April 1999 - February 2002, Chief, standardization and evaluation, later, assistant chief wing standardization and evaluation and flight commander, 510th FS, Aviano AB, Italy.
6. March 2002 - August 2002, Danish Language Student, DLI East, Arlington, VA.
7. September 2002 - June 2004, Royal Danish Air Force exchange officer, 726 Eskadrille, Aalborg AB, Denmark.
8. July 2004 - September 2005, student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
9. October 2005 - April 2008, Chief, Combat Targets, Joint Functional Component Command-Network
Warfare (U.S. Strategic Command), Fort Meade, Baltimore, MD.
10. May 2008 - June 2009, Director of Operations, 14th FS, Misawa AB, Japan.
11. July 2009 - January 2011, Commander, 35th OSS, Misawa AB, Japan.
12. February 2011 - July 2011, Deputy Commander, 35th OG, Misawa AB, Japan.
13. August 2011 - June 2012, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
14. July 2012 - June 2013, Vice Commander, 52nd FW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
15, July 2013 - Present, Commander, 435th AGOW and 435th AEW, Ramstein AB, Germany.

1. October 2005 - April 2008, Chief, Combat Targets, Joint Functional Component Command-Network
Warfare (U.S. Strategic Command), Fort Meade, Baltimore, MD.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flying hours: More than 2700
Combat hours: 795
Aircraft flown: F-16, AT/T-38, T-37

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with 9 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal with two devices
Korean Defense Service Medal
NATO Medal

Second lieutenant June 2, 1993
First lieutenant June 1, 1995
Captain June 1, 1997
Major Aug. 1, 2003
Lieutenant colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel June 1, 2012

(Current as of 1 March, 2014)

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