by Staff Sgt. Danielle Wolf
442nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
12/20/2011 - WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Col. Eric S. Overturf, commander of the 442nd Fighter Wing here, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, as announced Friday.
Overturf is responsible for approximately 2,000 reservists here and at three other geographically separated units: the 917th Fighter Group, Barksdale AFB, La.; the 476th Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga.; and the 924th Fighter Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Overturf was born in Greeley, Colo. He is a 1984 honors graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served 14 years in the regular Air Force in a wide variety of F-16 assignments in U.S. Air Forces Europe, Pacific Air Forces, and Air Combat Command and as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1998 as a traditional reservist and is currently serving in full-time status. Colonel Overturf is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours of fighter time in the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-22A Raptor and the F-16 Fighting Falcon including missions in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He took command of the 442nd Fighter Wing in December 2010.
The promotion ceremony is pending Senate confirmation.
Official USAF biography of Col. Eric S. Overturf