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CAPTAIN RUSSELL C. GARDNER:: OPERATION FLIGHT COMMANDER

Capt Russell C. Gardner is the Operations Flight Commander, and an Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor assigned to AFROTC Detachment 610 at the University of North Dakota.Capt Gardner received his commission from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in April 2005. Capt Gardner’s first duty assignment was the 5th Bomb Wing, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Minot AFB ND, where he served as the Vehicle Maintenance Officer, Installation Deployment Officer, and Fuels Management Flight Commander. As the Vehicle Maintenance Officer his flight garnered the 2005 ACC Vehicle Management Flightof the year.  After his indeterminate temporary duty assignment as the Brigade Mentor for the First Brigade, 201 Corps, Afghanistan National Army, Kabul Afghanistan he was selected for staff duty at Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB LA., where he served as the Deputy Chief, Plans and Integration Branch. Capt Gardner was the Deputy Chief, of the Supply Chain Management Branch, Logistics Readiness Division, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale  Air Force Base, LA.  Capt Gardner oversaw material management policy and procedures for six supply accounts valued at over 2.5 billion dollars and developing Nuclear Weapons Related Material policy to re-invigorate the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise.  Additionally, he was the command’s inspection team leader for the Logistics Readiness Squadron, Logistics Compliance Assessment Program. His operational experience includes Operations RESTORE HOPE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, BRILLANT QUEST, PURPLE STAR, NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM where he accrued over 120 combat support sorties and 175 mounted combat patrols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION
2003 Bachelor of Science In Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX
2005 Squadron Officer College, Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005 Air Education and Training Command, Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Lackland AFB, TX.
2006 Air Force Institute of Technology Combat Logistics Course, Minot AFB, ND
2006 Air Education and Training Command Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent Course, Port Hueneme, CA
2008 Defense Logistics Agency, Business System Management-Energy Course, Atlanta, GA
2008 Defense Acquisition University Joint Logistics Course (correspondence)
2009 Department of the Army, Military Transition Team Course, Ft Riley Kansas
2012 Squadron Officer College, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University World Wide Campus

ASSIGNMENTS
1. April 91-May 91      Student Basic Military Training School, Lackland AFB, TX
2. Jul 91-Oct 91          Student B-52G Defensive Aerial Gunner, 329th Combat Crew Training Squadron Castle AFB, CA
3. Nov 91-Jan 92        Student KC-135 Boom Operator 329th Combat Crew Training Squadron Castle AFB, CA
4. Feb 92-May 93       Mission Boom Operator 46th Air Refueling Squadron, KI Sawyer AFB, MI
5. May 93-June 97      Mission/Instructor Boom Operator, 905th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks AFB ND
6. Jul 97-Dec 01         Instructor/Evaluator Boom Operator 55th Air Refueling Squadron, Altus AFB, OK.
7. Dec 01-Dec 04       KC 135 Courseware Manager, 97th Operational Support Squadron/97th Training Squadron, Altus AFB, OK
8. Jan 05- Apr 05        Student, Officer Training School Maxwell AFB, AL
9.  Apr 05-Nov 06       Vehicle Maintenance Officer, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Minot AFB ND
10. Nov 06-Apr 07      Assistant Installation Deployment Officer, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB ND
11. Apr 06-Feb 08       Installation Deployment Officer, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB ND
12. Feb 08-Apr 09       Fuels Mgmt Flight Commander, 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Minot AFB ND
13. (July 09-Apr 10)    Brigade XO Mentor 1st Brigade, 201st Corps Afghan National Army, Kabul, Afghanistan
14. May 10-Jul 11       AFGSC/A4RX Deputy Chief Plans and Integration Branch
15. Jul 11-Jul 12         AFGSC/A4RM Deputy Chief Supply Chain Management Branch

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Ratings: Defensive Aerial Gunner, Boom Operator
Flight Hours:  More than 3000
Aircraft Flown:  B-52G, KC-135A/Q/R/T and C-17A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters
NATO Medal with two oak leaf clusters

ACHIEVEMENTS / DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant, April 2005
First Lieutenant, April 2007
Captain, April 2009

 
(Current as of August 2012)