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Colonel Daniel (“Dan”) Skoda is the Commander for the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas.  The Wing operates and maintains a fleet of 12 KC-135R aircraft and is comprised of 980 military personnel.  The 190th ARW provides rapid global mobility airpower and deploys expeditionary forces in support of worldwide combat, contingency and humanitarian operations while maintaining a nuclear deterrence tasking. The Wing also supports the State of Kansas and the Nation in times of disaster and domestic emergency response.

Born and raised in Warren, Michigan, Colonel Skoda moved to Independence, Kansas in April of 1995 after graduating from Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He and his wife founded Independence Aviation Incorporated; a flight school, aircraft charter, and rental business.  Colonel Skoda was selected and enlisted in the 117th Air Refueling Squadron in June 1997 to attend Undergraduate Navigator Training.  He commissioned in November 1997 at the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He earned his USAF Navigator wings in April 1999 after completing a 4-month tour at Pensacola NAS flying the T-34C followed by 10 months at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas flying the T-43A.  He accomplished Combat & Water Survival Training in August of 1999.  Colonel Skoda flew as a drill-status navigator through October 2001.  During that same time he also flew as a First Officer for Mesaba Airlines flying the British Aerospace BAE-146-100; his last commercial flight was on 11 Sep 2001.  He began Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in October of 2001 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi earning his Pilot wings on 25 October 2002 including the AETC Commander’s Trophy, AETC Distinguished Graduate, Flying Excellence Award, and Military Training Award including an honorary induction into the Order of Daedalians.  He completed KC-135 Copilot Initial Qualification Training at Altus AFB, OK in March 2003.

Colonel Skoda accepted a full-time pilot position in the 190ARW Operations Group in October 2004.  He has served as an Aircrew Tactics & Training officer, Aircrew Life Support officer, 117th Air Refueling Squadron Executive officer, Current Operations/Chief of Scheduling, Wing Exercise and Evaluation Team Chief, 190th ARW Inspector General, 117th Air Refueling Squadron Director of Operations, 190th ARW Vice Commander, 190th ARW Commander


Colonel Skoda has flown the T-34C Mentor, T-43A Gator, T-37 Tweet, T-1A Jayhawk, KC-135E/D/R and T aircraft logging over 3,300 flying hours as a military command pilot.  He has served his country by direct participation in Operations Northern Watch, Icelandic Alert Force, Noble Eagle, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Unified Protector, Odyssey Dawn, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom Sentinel.



1995      Bachelor of Science, Engineering/Aeronautical Operations. Minor; Business

2005      Squadron Officers School

2005      Combat Crew Tactics School

2009      USAF Advanced Instrument School

2010      Air Command and Staff College

2016      Air War College



1.  Oct 97 – Nov 97            Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, TN

2.  Feb 98 – Jun 98             NAS Pensacola, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, FL

3.  Jul 98 – Apr 99              Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, TX

4.  May 99 – Aug 99          Combat Crew Initial Qualification, Navigator, Altus AFB, Altus, OK

5.  Oct 99 – Oct 01             KC-135D/E Navigator, 117th Air Refueling Squadron, Forbes Field, KS

6.  Oct 01 – Oct 02             Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Columbus, MS

7.  Nov 02 – Mar 03           Combat Crew Copilot Qualification, Altus AFB, Altus, OK

8.  Mar 03 – Oct 04            KC-135 Co-pilot, 117th Air Refueling Squadron, Forbes Field ANGB, Topeka, KS

9.  Oct 04 – Oct 06             Aircrew Training & Tactics Officer/Aircraft Commander, 190th OSF

10.  Oct 06 – Oct 08           Instructor Aircraft Commander and 117ARS Executive Officer

11.  Oct 08 – Apr 12          Current Operations Chief of Scheduling, 190OSF

12.  Apr 12 – Apr 13          Chief of Scheduling and Wing Exercise & Evaluation Team Chief

13.  Apr 13 – Oct 14          190ARW Inspector General

14.  Oct 14 – Jan 17           117ARS Director of Operations & Instructor/Evaluator Aircraft Commander

15.  Jan 17 – May 19          Vice Commander, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field ANGB, Topeka, KS

16.  May 19 – Present        Commander, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field ANGB, Topeka, KS



Rating:  Senior Pilot, Instructor/Evaluator

Flight Hours:  3,300 + military, 300 + combat, 5,300 total

Aircraft Flown:  T-34C, T-43A, T-37, T-1A, KC135E/D/R/T, BAE-146-100, B-737



Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Meritorious Unit Award, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 1 Oak Leaf Clusters

Combat Readiness Medal, 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Oak Leaf Clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air & Space Campaign Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

AF Longevity Service, 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

Air Force Training Ribbon

NATO Medal

Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon

Kansas National Guard State Emergency Duty Service Ribbon

Kansas National Guard Service Medal


Life Member National Guard Association of the United States

Life Member National Guard Association of Kansas

Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars

Order of Daedalians

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (25+ Years)



Second Lieutenant:  20 November 1997

First Lieutenant:  20 November 1999

Captain:  20 November 2001

Major:  22 November 2005

Lieutenant Colonel:  22 November 2012

Colonel:  26 April 2018