|COLONEL ALLAN L. SWARTZMILLER|
Colonel Allan Swartzmiller is the Commander of the 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. He leads a wing composed of three groups, 11 squadrons and four flights strategically located on Western New York's Canadian border between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The wing's mission is to recruit, train and equip Rapid Global Mobility forces for the Theater or Joint Force Commander. Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is one of the first Air Force Reserve Command-Air National Guard Associations sharing 12 C-130 H2 aircraft and their support. The 914 AW is host to approximately 3,000 assigned military, civil service and contract personnel.
A native of Chesaning, Michigan, Colonel Swartzmiller earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his officer commission through AFROTC. Colonel Swartzmiller has worked a variety of assignments in both the Regular Air Force and in the Air Force Reserve . An experienced C-130 evaluator pilot, he deployed in support of Operation JUST CAUSE and attended advanced flight schools at both the Combat Airlift Training School and the Advanced Airlift Tactical Training Center. In 1996 he was selected as Initial Cadre for the C-17 weapon system and worked its Initial Operational Capability through the Fully Operational Capable declarations and the standup of the first Formal Training Squadron. In 1998 he joined the 315th Airlift Wing and held several key positions within the wing including the Chief of Tactics, Chief of Current Operations, Squadron Operations Officer and Deputy Group Commander. In August 2005 he was selected as the 934th Operations Group Commander. There he led the unit through multiple successful inspections and deployments to include the first Exercise RED FLAG-Alaska as the Air Expeditionary Group Commander. In March 2009 he was selected as Commander of the 914th Airlift Wing where he led the new ARC association to fully operational status and also deployed to Southwest Asia as the AFCENT Deputy DIRMOBFOR.
1983 Bachelor of Arts degree. Political Science, Michigan State University
1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
1992 Masters of Science degree, Operations Management, University of Arkansas
1996 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Reserve Component National Security Course, Washington D.C.
2008 Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 Advanced Joint PME, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2010 DIRMOBFOR Course, Det. 1, USAF Expeditionary Center, Hurlbert Field, FL
2010 COMAFFOR Course, USAF Expeditionary Center, Ft Dix, NJ
2010 DSCA Course, ARNORTH, Colorado Springs, CO
2012 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, VA
1. Dec1983 - May 85, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. May 1985 - Aug 1990, C-130 Instructor Pilot, 317th Tactical Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, N.C.
3. Aug 1990 - Jun 1993, C-130 Formal School Instructor, 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. Aug 1993 - Jun 1996, C-17 Initial Cadre. 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
5. Jun 1996 - Jun 1998, Asst. Operations Officer, Evaluator Pilot. 97th Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
6. Jun 1998 - Aug 2005, Deputy OG Commander. 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
7. Aug 2005 - 8 Mar 2009, Operations Group Commander, 934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis - St Paul ARS, MN
8. Mar 2009 - present, Commander, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: Over 8,400
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-17 and C-130E/H2/H3
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 11, 1983
First Lieutenant September 13, 1985
Captain September 13, 1987
Major September 1, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel September 24, 2001
Colonel February 16, 2006
(Current as of April 2012)