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Wing Commander

Colonel Ian E. Caldron

Lt Col Calderon is an Active Duty RC-135 Aircraft Commander and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Commander, Nebraska Wing. He is responsible for being a Combat Mission Ready pilot in the execution worldwide missions and leading 400 CAP volunteers in all matters related to Operations, Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and Cadet programs with a focus on addressing National, USAF and CAP pilot shortages.

Lt Col Calderon is a current CAP Air Operations Branch Director, Mission Staff Assistant, Mission Pilot and Emergency Services Aircrew qualification skills evaluator trainer.

He previously served as the Deputy Secretary to the Joint Staff U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Headquarters (HQ) and liaised with the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff and the USCENTCOM Command Group. He led 4000+ Joint and Combined staff members in the receipt, assignment, tracking and completion of DoD taskers.

EDUCATION

  • 2001 Associates degree in Aerospace Tactical Maintenance, Community College of the Air Force
  • 2002 Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, Excelsior College, Albany New York
  • 2003 Master’s Degree in Computer Resources and Info Management, Webster University
  • 2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2011 Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • 2012 Dynamics of International Terrorism, Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field FL
  • 2014 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 2017 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, National Defense University, Norfolk VA

 FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-1, E-3B/C, RC-135V/W, EP3, C152, C172, C182, BE76

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 1. March 2021 – Present, Civil Air Patrol Nebraska Wing Commander
  • 2. October 2019 – March 2021, Civil Air Patrol Nebraska Wing Director of Operations
  • 3. June 2019 – Present, RC-135V/W Aircraft Commander, 38th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
  • 4. May 2018 – June 2019 – Civil Air Patrol Pinellas Senior Squadron Emergency Services Training Officer
  • 5. Jan 2017 – June 2019 – Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing Group 3 Cadet Orientation Flight Coordinator
  • 6. June 2016 – June 2019, Deputy Secretary to the Joint Staff, HQ USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, FL
  • 7. October 2015 – June 2016, Flying Training Unit Instructor Pilot, 966th AACS Tinker AFB, OK 8. June 2014 – October 2015, Assistant Director of Operations, 964th AACS, Tinker AFB, OK
  • 9. Feb 2012 – June 2014, International Military Education Training Officer, U.S. Embassy, Muscat Oman
  • 10. Nov 2009 – Feb 2012, RC-135 Aircraft Commander, 38th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
  • 11. July 2010 – August 2010, Student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 12. June 2009 – Nov 2009, Student, RC-135V/W initial qualification training, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  • 13. March 2008 – June 2009, E-3 Aircraft Commander, 963d AACS Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
  • 14. June 2006 – Sept 2006, Executive Officer 376th Operations Group Manas AB, Kyrgyz Republic
  • 15. October 2004 – May 2005, Student, E-3 initial qualification training, Tinker AFB, OK
  • 16. September 2003 – October 2004, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, MS
  • 17. May 2003 – September 2003 – Administration officer, Arizona State University, AZ

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant May 28, 2003
  • First Lieutenant May 28, 2005
  • Captain May 28, 2007
  • Major October 1, 2013
  • Lt Col May 1, 2018
  • CAP Lt Col September 14, 2018
  • CAP Colonel March 6, 2021

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2007 Air Combat Command Aircrew Safety Award of Distinction
  • 2008 552nd ACW Aircrew Safety Award of Distinction
  • 2008 8th Air Force Flight line driving safety award
  • 2009 552nd ACW ABM Combat Crew of the year
  • 2010 763 ERS Combat Pilot of the deployment
  • 2018 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker leadership writing award
  • 2019 CAP Nebraska Gen Richard L. Anderson Wing Staff Member of the Year
  • 2019 CAP Nebraska Colonel David Kantor Operations Staff Officer of the Year
  • 2020 General Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award, Installation Level

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • AF Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • NATO Medal

 

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