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COLONEL MATTHEW A. LEARD

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Colonel Matthew A. Leard is the vice commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California. As vice commander he serves as assistant to the commander for the combined efforts of all operations and support activities associated with the worldwide air mobility mission. The C-5, KC-10, and C-17 assigned aircraft participate in air, land and aerial refueling taskings, responding to Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed combat operations and supporting U.S. State Department-sponsored humanitarian relief efforts worldwide.  In the absence of the commander, Colonel Leard is responsible for ensuring the readiness and well-being of nearly 26,100 active duty, Reserve and civilian personnel and their families.  

Colonel Leard is a 1998 graduate of Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He earned his commission through Officer Training School in 1999.  His assignments include squadron and detachment command and staff officer duties at Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Headquarters Air Mobility Command.  

Colonel Leard is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the C-17A, C-21A, T-1A and T-37B.  His operational experience includes Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander duties and numerous C-17A and C-21A combat missions in support of Operations JOINT FORGE, JOINT GUARDIAN, NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. 

EDUCATION

1998 Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science, Midwestern State University, Texas  

1999 Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama  
2000 Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma  
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama  
2006 Program in Advanced Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany 
2010 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama  
2011 Master of Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 
2012 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 

ASSIGNMENTS 

1.  February 1999 – May 2000, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

2.  August  2000 – June 2003, C-21A Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander and Scheduler, 86th Operations Group, Detachment 1, Stuttgart AAF, Germany

3.  October 2003 – April 2007, C-17A Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer 437th Operations Group,  Chief Operations Plans, Wing Plans, Assistant Chief of Tactics, 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina

4.  April 2007 – June 2009, Programmer, Global Mobility Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. 

5.  June 2009 – June 2010, Execution Team Chief, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

6.  July 2010 – June 2011, Student, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

7.  July 2011 – September 2012, Asst. Director of Operations, 14th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

8.  September 2012 – February 2013, Director of Operations, 15th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

9.  February 2013 – August 2014, Commander, 437th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

10. August 2014 – June 2015, Chief, Force Development, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

11. June 2015 – June 2017, Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

12. June 2017 – Present, Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California 


FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours:  More than 4,300 hours

Aircraft flown:  T-37B, T-1A, C-21A, C-17A 


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Superior Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Kosovo Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

NATO Medal 


EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant            February 26, 1999

First Lieutenant                 February 26, 2001

Captain                               February 26, 2003

Major                                 October 1, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel          November 1, 2012

Colonel                              May 1, 2017


(Current as of June 2017)