Colonel Shawn Werchan is the vice commander of the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the second most senior officer responsible for the training and readiness of more than 2,000 Airmen in 19 units. The wing has an inventory of nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft with a mission to provide unrivalled airlift and agile combat support across the spectrum of military operations. The 445th provides worldwide movement of high priority personnel and cargo. Missions range from local pilot proficiency training, aeromedical evacuation and worldwide strategic airlift, to night-vision goggle, low-level, short-field assault operations.
Colonel Werchan received his commission from the United States Merchant Marine Academy before joining the New York Air National Guard. He flew the C-5A aircraft with the New York Air National Guard for 10 years before joining the Air Force Reserve in 2003. Colonel Werchan currently serves as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for the East Florida Region. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the 307th Operations Support Squadron commander at Barksdale AFB, La. In his civilian capacity, Colonel Werchan has been a Captain for a major airline since 1996.
1991 Bachelor of Science, (Salutatorian) Marine Transportation, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point N.Y.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2009 Joint Nuclear and Command Control, Offutt AFB, Neb.
2010 Nuclear Aircrew Emergency Action Procedures, Offutt AFB, Neb.
2014 Air War College, by correspondence
2017 Master’s degree in leadership, Trident University (Summa cum Laude)
2018 Reserve Component National Security Course
1. May 1991 - April 1992, Military Sealift Command, New Orleans, La.
2. February 1993 - April 1994, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas
3. February 1995 - July 1995, Student, C-5A Formal Training Unit, Altus AFB, Okla.
4. July 1995 - August 2003, C-5A Pilot, 137th Airlift Wing, Stewart ANGB, Newburgh, N.Y. (July
1995- Operation Support Hope, Rwanda Africa); (September 1995- Operation Uphold
Democracy, Haiti); (December 2000 - December 2001- Activated for Operation Enduring
Freedom); (December 2002 - December 2003- Operation Noble Eagle)
5. August 2003 - July 2013, Air Force Academy Liaison Officer, East Texas Region, CAT E
6. August 2008 - May 2016, Chief of Command Post, Barksdale AFB, La. (October 2010 - May
2011, Chief of Command Post, Ballad Air Base Iraq)
7. August 2015 - May 2016 - B-52H Formal Training Unit, Barksdale AFB, La.
8. May 2016 - September 2018, Commander, 307th Operational Support Squadron, Barksdale
9. October 2018 - Present, Vice Commander, 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 21,000 (4,000 military)
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-5A, C-5B, B-52H, 727, 737-300, 737-500, 767-200, 767-300 and 747-400
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two 'M' Devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Navy Pistol Shot Medal
United Airlines Captain of the Year for Chicago 2007
137th Airlift Wing Pilot of the Year 1996
137th Airlift Wing Pilot of the Year 1997
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Ensign U.S. Navy Reserve May 15, 1991
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1992
First Lieutenant May 29, 1994
Captain August 1, 1996
Major August 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 2010
Colonel September 18, 2018
(Current as of October 2018)