Col. Patrick Erdman is the Commander, 914th Mission Support Group, Niagara Falls ARS, NY. As the Commander, Col. Erdman leads the efforts of over 600 Airmen, six squadrons and one contracting flight, and the management of 900 acres supporting world-wide KC-135 Strategic Airlift and Air Refueling operations.
Prior to his current position, Col. Erdman served as the Deputy Commander, 439th Mission Support Group, Westover ARB, MA. He has served in numerous roles in the National Capital Region, to include acting as the first Chief of Reserve Sensitive Activities Support on the Secretary of the Air Force staff. In this role, he advised senior Air Force leadership on the full-range of Air Force Reserve operations that impacted and enabled Department of Defense sensitive activities. Col. Erdman served on OUSD(I)’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force. On the ISR Task Force, he led military, civilian, and government contractors in analyzing new technologies, tactics, techniques, and procedures being employed in Afghanistan and Africa. In addition, Col. Erdman served as the Air Force Reserve Program Element Monitor (PEM) for Special Operations, Personnel Rescue, Aerial Port and Tactical Airlift programs.
Col. Erdman is a 1995 Cum Laude graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration. Col. Erdman was commissioned in 1996 through Officer Training School. He is the first Reserve Airman to graduate from the 14th Weapons School (SOF) at Hurlburt Field, FL. He has flown combat missions in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for a mission in the opening days of conflict in Afghanistan.
1995 Bachelor of Science, Aviation Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
1996 Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2000 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2004 14th Weapons School, MC-130E Class 04A, Hurlburt Field, FL.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2008 Master of Arts in Diplomacy, with a specialization in Terrorism, Norwich University, VT.
2010 Building Partner Aviation Capacity Course, Hurlburt Field, FL.
2012 Air War College, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2013 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Ft McNair, D.C.
2016 Senior Leadership Mission Generation Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.
1. Sep 1988-Sep 1992, C/MC-130E/H Crew Chief, 8th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL.
2. Sep 1992-Sep 1995, AC-130A/MC-130E Crew Chief, 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, FL.
3. May 1996-Jun 1997, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS.
4. Jun 1997-Dec1998, MC-130 Pilot, Current Operations, 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field (Eglin AFB, Fld 3), FL.
5. Jan 1999-Dec 1999, C-130 Pilot, 95th Airlift Squadron, Gen. Billy Mitchell ARS, WI.
6. Jan 2000- July 2008, MC-130 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Current Operation, Chief of Tactics, 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field (Eglin AFB Fld 3), FL
7. Jul 2008-June 2011, Chief, SOF, PR, Tactical Airlift, and Irregular Warfare Requirements, Office of the Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, Washington DC.
8. June 2011-June 2012, Mission Analysis IPT Lead, ISR Task Force, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence), Arlington, VA.
9. July 2012-August 2015, Chief of Reserve Sensitive Activities Support, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Special Activities Office, National Capital Region.
10. August 2015-June 2016, Deputy Commander, 439th Mission Support Group, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA.
11. June 2016 – Present, Commander, 914th Mission Support Group, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, NY.
Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2500
Aircraft Flown: T-3, T-37, T-1A, C-130E/H, MC-130E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguish Flying Cross with “V” device
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and “V” device
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Gallant Unit Citation
Combat Action Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant: March 15, 1996
First Lieutenant: March 15, 1998
Captain: September 29, 2000
Major: March 31, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel: August 20, 2010
Colonel: May 1, 2016