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Retired Feb. 1, 2013.  

Brig General Keith I. Lang is assigned as the Chief of Staff for the Kansas Air National Guard. Prior to this assignment he served as the Wing Commander, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas. As Wing Commander he orchestrated an annual budget in excess of $60 Million and executed a 4,600 hour flying program. He led almost 1,000 Air National Guard military personnel and a full-time workforce of approximately 400 personnel.

The base has an economic impact of $75 Million on the local community. The Federal mission of the 190th ARW is to provide rapid global mobility airpower and deploy expeditionary forces in support of worldwide combat, contingency and humanitarian requirements. The State mission is to support the Governor of Kansas in times of disaster and domestic emergency response. He ensured the Wing maintains day-to-day alert and remains mission ready in support of SIOP's nuclear deterrence tasking and established short and long-range plans to sustain equipment, facilities, and manpower to assure successful mission accomplishment.

Prior to his assignment as Wing Commander, Brig Gen Lang was the Director of Operations for Joint Forces Headquarters, coordinating Air Operations for NAF, State Headquarters and a KC-135R Air Refueling Wing involving 2,800 flying hours and over 500 missions flown worldwide annually

Brig Gen Lang was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and moved to the Kansas City area, where he has lived for more than 46 years. Brig Gen Lang joined the North Dakota Air National Guard at the age of 19 as an F-4 Phantom Crew Chief. Selected for pilot training by the 190th ARW in 1981, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. In 1982 he graduated from UPT and attended Combat Crew Training at Castle AFB, CA.

Since 1982 Brig Gen Lang has flown the KC-135A, KC-135D, KC-135E and KC-135R aircraft and has accumulated over 4,000 flying hours as a military Command Pilot and over 17,000 hours as a commercial captain flying the B-727, DC-9 and DC-10. He has served his country by participating in several operations, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Northern Watch, logging over 130 hours during 31 combat support sorties.

1981 BS in Aviation Technology, Central Missouri State University
1990 Squadron Officer's School
1995 Air Command and Staff College
2004 Air War College

1981-1982 Flight Training
1990-1993 Flight Element Leader
1994-1995 Flight Commander
1995-1998 Operations Officer
1998-2001 Squadron Commander
2001-2003 Chief of Safety
2003-2004 Strategic Aircraft Reconstitution Team Commander
2005-2006 Flight Commander
2006-2008 Director of Operations JFHQ-KS
2008-2011 Present Wing Commander
2011-Present: Chief of Staff, KSANG Joint Forces HQ

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 4000 military; 20,000 total jet hours
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135A/D/E/R, B-727, DC-9-80, DC-10

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with 4 oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' device and gold hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Kansas National Guard Commendation Ribbon
Kansas National Guard State Emergency Duty Service Ribbon with 1 device
Kansas National Guard Service Medal with 2 devices

Air Force Association
National Guard Association of Kansas
National Guard Association of the United States 
Perpetual Sustaining Member to the Museum of the Kansas National Guard
Allied Pilots Association

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