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Colonel Jay Selanders is the Vice Commander, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas. The 190th Air Refueling Wing is comprised of 970 military members providing global air refueling and airlift in support of our nation's defense. The Wing has an annual economic impact of 70 million dollars and employs a full-time workforce of approximately 375 personnel. Col Selanders is responsible for unit readiness to fulfill its federal, state and community missions. In his position as Vice Commander, he is very involved in the long-range strategic plan for both the Wing and the State. He serves as a voting member of the State's Air Executive Council. In the absence of the Commander, Col Selanders serves as the Wing Commander.

Col Selanders joined the Kansas Air National Guard in June 1984, and received his commission through the Academy of Military Science later that year as a Distinguished Graduate. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin AFB and Combat Crew Training at Castle AFB, CA. Col Selanders flew in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in recovering a badly damaged aircraft. He has flown in support of numerous other operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 1993, Col Selanders has acted as a Liaison Officer for the United States Air Force Academy, working with high school students and counselors that are interested in the Academy and ROTC officer accession programs. He lives and works in Kansas City, where he is a partner in a national law firm.

1980 Bachelor of Science Degree, Kansas State University
1987 Juris Doctor Degree, University of Kansas
1995 Master of Business Administration, Keller Graduate School of Management
1997 Squadron Officer School
2007 Air War College

1984-1985: Undergraduate Pilot Training-Laughlin AFB, TX
1985-1993: 117th Air Refueling Squadron, 190th Air Refueling Group, Forbes Field, KS
1993-Current: 9001st Air Reserve Squadron, Liaison Officer, United States Air Force Academy, CO, Commander-State of Kansas 1999-2004
2004-2011: 117th Air Refueling Squadron, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, KS
2005-2011: Commander TSART
2008-2011: Commander A Flight
2011-Present: Vice Wing Commander
Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight Hours: 3000+ military
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135A/E/R

Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/ Valor device-three devices
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal-one device
National Defense Service Medal-one device
Southwest Asia Service medal-two devices
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award-two devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal-three devices
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Kansas National Guard Service Ribbon-one device

National Guard Association of Kansas
National Guard Association of the United States
Veterans of Foreign Wars Life Member
Adult leader-Boy Scouts of America
American, Kansas, Missouri, and Michigan Bar Associations
Operation Breakthrough Advisory Board
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Experimental Aircraft Association
Ararat Shrine

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