Friday, June 3, 2011

Col. DeMaso takes final flight

Released by 23rd Wing Public Affairs

6/3/2011 - Col. William DeMaso, 23rd Wing vice commander, sits in the cockpit of an A-10C Thunderbolt II after returning from his final flight at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. June 2. Colonel DeMaso has flown over 2,000 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Warthog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Mancha) Hi-res


Note: Pictured is A-10C 79-0223, marked Tiger One on the left canopy rail. More pictures will be uploaded soon.

Official USAF online bio of Colonel William C. DeMaso


Colonel Bill DeMaso is the vice commander of the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23rd Wing consists of six groups and one detachment with more than 5,500 military and civilian personnel at four locations throughout the continental U.S. The wing has units at Moody, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Moody is the home of the Air Force's legendary "Flying Tigers."

Colonel DeMaso is a fighter pilot with over 2,000 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Warthog. His assignments have taken him around the globe and include combat missions during Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Provide Comfort and Deny Flight where he employed the A-10 and F-15E in close support of U.S. and Coalition ground forces. He has served as a Flight Commander, an Air Officer Commanding of a Cadet Squadron, and an Army Air Liaison Officer, where he taught close air support techniques to forward air controllers.

1983 Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y.
1987 Bachelors of Science, USAF Academy, Colo.
1992 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University, Mich.
1999 Air Command and Staff College Seminar, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Air Force Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Calif.

1. June 1987 - June 1988, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas; Distinguished graduate, winner of Flying, Academic, and Commander's Trophies
2. June 1988 - November 1988, Fighter Lead-in Training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. November 1988 - March 1989, A-10 RTU, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
4. March 1989 - May 1992, A-10 Pilot, 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Bentwaters, United Kingdom; Chief of Training, Assistant Flight Commander, Squadron Scheduler
5. May 1992 - May 1994, Air Liaison Officer, 509th Joint Training Squadron, Fort Polk, La.
6. May 1994 - November 1994, F-15E FTU, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. November 1994 - November 1997, F-15E Instructor Pilot, 492nd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Flight Commander, Chief of Quality, Chief of Training, Squadron Programmer
8. November 1997 - April 2000, Air Officer Commanding, Cadet Squadron 31, 34th Training Group, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
9. April 2000 - September 2001, Executive Officer to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
10. September 2001 - October 2002, F-15E Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
12. October 2002 - July 2003, Current Operations Flight Commander, 4th Operations Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
13. July 2003 - June 2004, National Defense Fellow (Senior Developmental Education) at the Hoover Institute for War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Calif.
14. June 2004 - December 2005, Air Force Staff, Office of Concepts Development and Strategy, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
15. December 2005 - May 2007, Air Force Staff, A3/5 Commander's Action Group, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
16. May 2007 - July 2008, Air Force Staff, A5R-FA, Division Chief to the Joint Functional Capabilities Board for Force Application, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
17. July 2008 - June 2009, Air Force Staff, A5RC, Division Chief for Combat Force Application Requirements, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
18. June 2009 - present, Vice Commander, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

Second Lieutenant May 1987
First Lieutenant May 1989
Captain May 1991
Major December 1998
Lieutenant Colonel March 2002
Colonel August 2007

(Current as of June 2009)


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