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Colonel James F. DiFrancesco is Commander, 914th Operations Group, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, NY.

Colonel DiFrancesco was commissioned through Officer Training School and entered pilot training in 1984. He first served in 1985 here at Niagara Falls as a C-130 pilot with the 328th Airlift Squadron. After serving in numerous capacities with the 914th Airlift Wing, he left in 2008 to serve as the Commander of the 514th Operations Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. In November 2012, Col. DiFrancesco returned to the 914th Airlift Wing to assume his current position.

1981 Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
1997 Squadron Officer School
2000 Air Command and Staff College
2007 Air War College

1. Feb1984 - May 1984, Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. May 1984 - May 1985, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB,Texas
3. June1985 - October 1985, pilot C-130 initial and tactical qualification course, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. October 1985 - October 1988, C-130 pilot/aircraft commander, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
5. October 1988 - May 1991, HC-130 Search and Rescue Instructor Pilot/Scheduler/Current Ops Officer, Selfridge ANGB,MI
6. May1991 - July 1993, Air Operations Officer , Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
7. July 1993 - April 1997 OIC Command Post, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
8. April 1997 - April 1998, C-130 pilot, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
9. April 1998 - February 2003, Chief Current Operations, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
10. February2003 - May 2004, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, 914th Operations Group, Niagara Falls ARS, NY
11. May2004 - May 2005, Chief of Squadron Training, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
12. June 2005 - July 2008, Director of Operations, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y
13. July 2008 - November 2012, Commander, 514th Operations Group, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J
November 2012 - Present Commander 914th Operations Group, Niagara Falls, NY

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 6,500 military hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, HC-130P/N, C-130A/E/H/H2/H3, C-17/KC-10


Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity service ribbon with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two M devices and hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

Second Lieutenant May 25, 1984
First Lieutenant May 25, 1987
Captain May 25, 1991
Major September 18, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 4, 2003
Colonel June 1, 2008

(Current as of November 2012)

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