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COLONEL STEPHEN J. "FRITZ" LINSENMEYER

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COLONEL STEPHEN J. (FRITZ) LINSENMEYER

Colonel Fritz Linsenmeyer is the commander of the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. As the commander, he is responsible for the training and readiness of more than 1,600 Air Force Reservists and has operational control of 12 C-130H aircraft assigned to the Wing which includes three groups comprised of two flying squadrons, to include the only large area fixed wing aerial spray mission in the Department of Defense, and 12 support units. He is also the civilian leader for more than 400 Air Reserve Technician and civil service employees. He assumed command of the 910th Airlift Wing April 11, 2010.

Colonel Linsenmeyer was commissioned in 1981 through Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Following undergraduate pilot training, his first operational flying assignment was as a B-52 pilot. Colonel Linsenmeyer has also flown KC-10s, KC-135s and C-130s. After graduating from Air Command and Staff College, Colonel Linsenmeyer was assigned to the Air Staff at the Pentagon. After 16 years on Active Duty, Colonel Linsenmeyer separated and joined the Air Force Reserve Command. Colonel Linsenmeyer has served in a variety of positions during his career, including flight commander, squadron operations officer, squadron commander, group commander and wing commander. Prior to his current assignment, he was the commander of the 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
Colonel Linsenmeyer is a command pilot with more than 4,200 military flying hours and is an Air Reserve Technician, a full-time federal civil service employee serving in a selected position within a military unit.

EDUCATION:
1981 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, John Carroll University, OH
1988 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
1990 Master's Degree in Personnel Administration, Golden Gate University, CA
1994 Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2006 Safety/Accident Investigation Board President Course, Kirtland AFB, NM
2008 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Hurlburt Field, FL
2011 National Security Studies Program, George Washington University, Washington DC
2011 Joint Air and Space Operations Course, Hurlburt Field, FL

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Aug 1981 - Dec 1981; Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, TX
2. Feb 1982 - Jan 1983; Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 82d Flying Training Wing, Williams Air Force Base, AZ
3. Jan 1983 - Jun 1983; B-52G Combat Crew Training School, 93d Bombardment Wing, Castle AFB, CA
4. Jun 1983 - Jul 1987; B-52G Copilot/Aircraft Commander, 379th Bombardment Wing, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, MI
5. Jul 1987 - Nov 1990; B-52 G/H Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, CA
6. Nov 1990 - Jul 1993; KC-10 Pilot/Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief, KC-10 Mission Development, 68th Air Refueling Wing and 4th Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC
7. Jul 1993 - Jun 1994; Student, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
8. Jun 1994 - Jul 1998; Action Officer, Office of the Air Force Reserve and Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington DC
9. Aug 1998 - Jul 2003; KC-135E Pilot/Instructor Pilot; Wing Chief of Plans; Operations Support Squadron Commander, 927th Air Refueling Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI
10. Jul 2003 - Jun 2004; Student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
11. Jun 2004 - Aug 2007; KC-135R Instructor/Evaluator Pilot; Squadron Operations Officer, Operations Group Commander, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN
12. Aug 2007 - Apr 2010; Commander, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC
13. Apr 2010 - present; Commander, 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, OH

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,200 military hours
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, B-52G/H, KC-10, KC-135E/R, C-130H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two devices
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device
Kosovo Campaign Medal with two devices
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with six oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 'M' devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant December 22, 1981
First Lieutenant December 22, 1983
Captain December 22, 1985
Major March 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel May 21, 2000
Colonel September 10, 2005

Current as of Oct 2011




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