Col. Josh Lewis is the 136th Airlift Wing Vice Wing Commander, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base
Fort Worth, Texas. The 136th Airlift Wing is a fully operational combat unit that also supports the
Texas Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and the 254th Combat Communications Group. The wing
is responsible for organizing, equipping, and training personnel for worldwide deployment by
providing combatant commanders with combat-ready forces, while supporting Air Mobility Command’s
airlift requirements with eight assigned C-130J aircraft. The 136th Airlift Wing also provides
these same ready forces to the Governor and the Texas Military Department to aid in domestic
disaster response and defense of the homeland.
Col. Lewis was commissioned in 1999 into the Air Force through Officer Training School at Maxwell
Air Force Base, Ala. He has held operational, support, and staff positions in both deployed and
Prior to his current assignment, the colonel served as a commander of the 254th Combat
1998 Bachelor of Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
2000 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 2002 Master of Business Administration,
Webster University 2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2013 Air War College, by
correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
1. October 1999 – January 2000, student, Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler Air Force
2. January 2000 – November 2000, Deputy Chief of Plans, 21st Communications Squadron, Peterson AFB,
3. November 2000 – September 2001, Chief of Network Control Center, 21st Communications Squadron,
Peterson AFB, Colo.
4. September 2001 – September 2002, Chief of Protocol, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores,
5. September 2002 – September 2003, Support Flight Commander, 65th Communications Squadron, Lajes
Field, Azores, Portugal
6. October 2003 – June 2004, AFNOSC Crew Commander, 608th Air Communications Squadron, Barksdale
7. July 2004 – August 2005, Support Flight Commander, 608th Air Communications Squadron, Barksdale
8. August 2005 – July 2006, Executive Officer to the Vice Commander, Eighth Air Force, Barksdale
9. August 2006 – August 2007, ANG Advisor, 608th Air Communications Squadron, Garland Air National
Guard Station, Texas
10. August 2007 – September 2010, Chief of Operations Plans, Garland ANGS, Texas.
11. October 2010 – August 2011, Senior Duty Officer, 624th Operations Center, Lackland AFB, Texas.
12. September 2011 – December 2014, Commander, 221st Combat Communications Squadron, Hensley Field
13. December 2014 – June 2015, Director of Operations, 254th Combat Communications Group, Hensley
Field ANGS, Texas
14. June 2015 – November 2022, Deputy Commander, 254th Combat Communications Group, Hensley Field
15. November 2022 – present, Vice Wing Commander, 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Joint
Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
National Guard Association of Texas
National Guard Association of the United States
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant September 30, 1999
First Lieutenant September 30, 2001
Captain September 30, 2003
Major June 6, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2012
Colonel December 10, 2015
(Current as of January 2023)