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136AW Senior Leaders

Col. Thomas M. Suelzer
136AW Commander
Col. Jerald K. Williams
136AW Vice Commander
Chief Master Sgt. Edward L. Walden Sr.
136AW Command Chief Master Sergeant
Lt. Col. David W. Compton
136th Operations Group Commander

 

Col. Denise Taylor
136th Mission Support Group CC

Col. Jeffrey Young
254th Combat Communications Group CC

Col. Ralph C. Walsh Jr.
136 MDG Interim CC

Col. Kurt M. Mallory
136th Maintenance Group CC

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COLONEL THOMAS M. SUELZER

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Col Thomas M. Suelzer is the Commander of the 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (JRB), Texas. As Commander, he leads a fully operational combat unit that provides worldwide deployable C-130H aircraft, aircrews, and support personnel for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force employment. The wing is also home to the 254th Combat Communications Group and the 531st Air Force Band.

 

Col Suelzer graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990 and completed undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona. His flying assignments include C-5 and C-130 aircraft commander and T-37 instructor pilot and evaluator. During his ten years of Active Duty service and seven years in the Air Force Reserve, Col Suelzer served in various operational and staff assignments to include Presidential Airlift Mission Planner, Flight Commander, Operations Group Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and Deputy Liaison Director for the United States Air Force Academy. In 2007, Col Suelzer joined the Texas Air National Guard where he served as the first Homeland Defense Officer. He went on to plan and execute several major disaster response operations in Texas, served on the border support mission, and was a leader in the stand-up of the Region 6 Homeland Response Force. He served as the Chief of Staff for two joint-missioned Army National Guard brigades; the 71st Troop Command (JTF-71) and the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (JTF-136), and as the Director of Operations, Headquarters Texas Air National Guard. Prior to his current position, Colonel Suelzer was the Vice Commander, 136th Airlift Wing.

 

EDUCATION                                                                     

1990 Bachelor of Science, Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

1997 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.                   

2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2012 Air War College, by correspondence

2012 Joint Task Force Commander Course, United States Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.

2014 Dual Status Commander Course, United States Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  September 1990-November 1991, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

2.  November 1991-May 1992, Student, C-5 Initial Qualification Training, Altus AFB, Okla.

3.  May 1992-January 1994, C-5 Pilot, 31st Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.

4.  January 1994-August 1995, C-5 Aircraft Commander, 3rd Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.

5.  August 1995-January 1996, Student, T-37 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas

6.  January 1996-May 1998, T-37 Instructor Pilot, 8th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.

7.  May 1998-February 1999, Flight Commander, 8th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.

8.  February 1999-November 1999, Chief of T-37 Standardization/Evaluation, 71st Operations Group, Vance AFB, Okla.

9.  November 1999-July 2002, T-37 Instructor Pilot, 5th Flying Training Squadron (AFRC), Vance AFB, Okla.


10.  July 2002-September 2005, Admissions Liaison Officer-Area 431, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

11.  August 2005-February 2007, Deputy Liaison Director-Area 431, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

12.  February 2007-March 2012, Homeland Defense Officer, Headquarters Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas (May 2007 - July 2008, Director of Logistics-J4, Task Force Razorback (Aviation), Operation Jump Start, Austin Army Aviation Facility, Austin, Texas) (July 2011-October 2012, Chief of Staff, 71st Troop Command (JTF-71), Austin, Texas)

13.  March 2012-December 2013, Deputy Director of Operations for Domestic Operations-A3D, Headquarters Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas (October 2012-September 2013, Chief of Staff, 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (JTF-136), Round Rock, Texas)

14.  December 2013-March 2017, Director of Operations-A3, Headquarters Texas Air National Guard, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

15.  March 2017-December 2017, Vice Commander, 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas

16.  December 2017-Present, Commander, 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  Senior Pilot

Flight Hours:  more than 2,500

Aircraft Flown:  T-37, T-38, C-5, C-130H

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

 

Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and bronze oak leaf cluster

Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze star

Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass

Air Force Training Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal

Texas Outstanding Service Medal

Texas Medal of Merit

Adjutant General’s Individual Award with two stars

Texas Federal Service Medal

Texas Humanitarian Service Medal

Texas Homeland Defense Service Medal

Texas Faithful Service Medal with cactus leaf cluster

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

National Guard Association of Texas

National Guard Association of the United States

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 30, 1990

First Lieutenant May 30, 1992

Captain May 30, 1994

Major Oct. 1, 2001

Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 31, 2007

Colonel Dec. 6, 2013

 

(Current as of April 2018)