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COLONEL RON KRUEGER

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Colonel Ronald W. Krueger is the Wing Commander for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas. The Wing is comprised of 970 military members and operates and maintains a fleet of 12 KC-135R aircraft.  The 190th provides rapid global mobility airpower and deploys expeditionary forces in support of worldwide combat, contingency and humanitarian requirements in addition to maintaining a nuclear deterrence tasking. The Wing also supports the State of Kansas and the Nation in times of disaster and domestic emergency response.  The Wing has an annual economic impact of 75 million dollars and employs a full-time workforce of approximately 400 personnel. Col Krueger directs the sustainment of equipment, facilities, and manpower as well as the training programs and operational readiness procedures to maintain mission capability and performance standards. He is also a member of the State's Air Executive Council involved in long-range strategic planning for the Kansas Air National Guard.

Col Krueger began his military career in 1990 with a commission from the United States Air Force Academy and then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, Texas. After pilot training, he earned his graduate degree at Colorado State University. He flew B-1B aircraft with the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB and the 366th Composite Wing at Mountain Home AFB. In March of 2000, Col Krueger joined the 184th Bomb Wing, Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell AFB where he was instrumental in converting the 184th from B-1B to KC-135R aircraft.  In December of 2006, he moved to Forbes Field where he served as the Commander of the 190th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 190th Maintenance Squadron before assuming the Wing Vice Commander position in July 2010. He took command of the 190th Air Refueling Wing in May 2011. Col Krueger is a command pilot with over 4000 hours of flight time logged in the T-38A, B-1B, and KC-135R aircraft. He participated in Operations Sea Signal, Southern Watch, and Joint Forge, and has over 300 hours of combat time supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

EDUCATION:
1990 Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
1993 Master of Science Engineering Management, Colorado State University
1995 ACC Flight Safety Management Course, Dyess AFB
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB
1999 USAF Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB
2002 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2006 Air War College, correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS:
Aug 1990 - Sep 1991 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, TX
Dec 1991 - Dec 1993 AFIT/CI, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Jan 1994 - Dec 1996 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, SD
Jan 1997 - Apr 2000 366th Wing, Mountain Home AFB, ID
Apr 2000 - Dec 2006 184th Bomb/Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, KS
Dec 2006 - Present 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field ANGB, KS

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 4000+
Aircraft Flown: T-38A, B-1B, KC135R

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Devices
Air Medal, 1 Device
Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal, 3 Devices
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 2 Devices
Combat Readiness Medal, 7 Devices
Humanitarian Service Medal, 1 Device
Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon
Kansas National Guard State Emergency Duty Service Ribbon
Kansas National Guard Achievement Ribbon

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:
Member - National Guard Association of the United States and National Guard Association of Kansas
Member - American Legion, Post 400
Board of Directors- Topeka Chamber of Commerce
Advisory Board - Kansas STARBASE

DATE OF RANK:
Second Lieutenant: 30 May 1990
First Lieutenant: 30 May 1992
Captain: 30 May 1994
Major: 07 Dec 2000
Lieutenant Colonel: 05 Feb 2005
Colonel: 1 Sep 2010

Current as of: 1 June 2011





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