Colonel DOUGLAS A. PERRY, JR.

Col. Douglas A. Perry is the Commander of the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the training and readiness of more than 1,700 Airmen in 16 units with an inventory of nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft with a mission to provide worldwide movement of high priority personnel and cargo.

Col. Perry first entered the Air Force enlisting in the Indiana Air National Guard, 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Ind., in February 1990 as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist. Following technical training he served as a traditional guardsman until 1997. Col Perry was then selected to attend Officer Training School followed by Undergraduate Pilot Training, making the transfer to the Air Force Reserves, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. After graduating from Officer Training School, earning his commission, he then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin AFB, Tex. Prior to his current position, Col Perry was the Commander, 434th Operations Group at Grissom ARB, Indiana.

Col Perry has served in a variety of capacities at the squadron, group, and wing level throughout his career while upgrading to aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and evaluator pilot. He was hired on full-time as an Air Reserve Technician in June 2000. He has deployed as aircrew and staff numerous times in support of Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Pacific Tanker Task Force, Iceland Defense Force, Unified Protector, Freedom Sentinel, and most recently Operation Inherent Resolve. Col Perry is a command pilot with over 4,800 total hours in the T-37, T-1A and KC-135R/T.

EDUCATION
1996 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
2004 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, USAF Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2012 Aircraft Accident Investigation, NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, Va.
2019 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2023 Master of Science, Transformational Leadership, University of Maryland Global Campus, Md.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 1990 – June 1997, Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard, Fort Wayne, Ind.
2. January 1998 – January 1999, Student Pilot, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. January 1999 – May 1999, KC-135R copilot initial qualification, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
4. July 1997 – June 2000, Pilot, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
5. July 2000 – July 2003, Stan/Eval, 434th Operations Group, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
6. August 2003 – March 2007, Assistant Chief of Training, 434th Operations Support Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
7. April 2007 – May 2010, Assistant Chief Pilot, 72nd Air Refueling Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
8. June 2010 – March 2011, Chief, Current Operations, 434th Operations Support Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
9. April 2011 – July 2015, Chief of Safety, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
10. August 2015 – May 2018, Chief of Mission Development, 434th Operations Support Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
11. June 2018 – March 2022, Commander, 434th Operations Support Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
12. March 2022 – May 2024, Commander, 434th Operations Group, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
13. May 2024 – Present, Commander, 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: more than 4,800
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-1A, and KC-135R/T

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air & Space Campaign Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon w/ Gold Border and four oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Longevity Service with six oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with six 'M' Devices and Gold Service Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air and Space Training Ribbon with one leaf cluster
NATO Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1990 Honor Graduate, Aircraft Armament Systems Technical School
1999 Distinguished Graduate, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
1999 Flying Training Award, Air Education and Training Command
1999 AETC Commanders Trophy, Air Education and Training Command
1999 Distinguished Graduate, KC-135 Copilot Initial Qualification

(Current as of May 2024)