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Col. Ryan J. Garlow is the Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. As Vice Commander, he assists the commander in directing the combined efforts of all wing operations and support activities associated with the wing’s worldwide air mobility mission. The C-5M Super Galaxy, KC-10 Extender and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to Travis AFB participate in airlift and aerial refueling taskings, responding to Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed combat operations and supporting U.S. State Department-sponsored humanitarian relief efforts worldwide. He is responsible for ensuring the readiness and well-being of more than 26,100 active duty, Reserve, civilian personnel and their families.

Col. Garlow received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2001. He was a Distinguished Graduate of both the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He served on the Joint Staff as Chief of the Logistics Distribution Division and in Air Mobility Command as a Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, Air Refueling Squadron Commander, and Operations Support Squadron Operations Officer.   

Prior to his current position, Col. Garlow served as an Air Force Fellow at Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.



2001  Bachelor of Science in Management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2006  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009  Master of Business Administration, Webster University, Mo.
2010  Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013  Master of Arts Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado, Colo.
2020  Joint and Combined Warfighting School, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA
2021  Air Force Fellow – Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Cambridge, Ma.



1. September 2001 – February 2002, Current Operations Officer, 9th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

2. February 2002 – April 2003, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Moody AFB and Columbus AFB, Miss.

3. September 2003 – September 2006, KC-135 Aircraft Commander, Squadron Executive Officer, Assistant Flight Commander, 351st Air Refueling Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom

4. September 2006 – June 2010, KC-135R/RT Standards and Evaluations Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief of Standards and Evaluations, Chief Group Executive Officer, 22nd Operations Group McConnell AFB, Kan.

5. June 2010 – May 2012, Chief of Tanker Integration, HQ AMC/A3D at 561st Joint Tactics Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.

6. May 2012 – May 2013, Student, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.

7. May 2013 – August 2014, Air Officer Commanding, Cadet Squadron 30, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

8. June 2014 – May 2015, Executive Officer to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

9. September 2015 – June 2016, Director of Operations, 6th Operational Support Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.

10. June 2016 – January 2017, Commander, 91st Air Refueling Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.

11. January 2017 – June 2018, Commander, 6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.

12. September 2018 – July 2019, Operations Officer, Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications, Operations Directorate (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

13. August 2019 – December 2020, Deputy Chief, Distribution Division, Directorate of Logistics (J4) Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

14. January 2020 – July 2020, Chief, Distribution Division, Directorate of Logistics (J4) Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

15. July 2020 – July 2021, Weatherhead Scholar, Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Cambridge, Mass.

16. July 2021 – Present - Vice Commander, 60th AMW, Travis AFB, Calif.



Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,750 (886 Combat Hours)
Aircraft Flown: T-6, T-1A, KC-135R/RT, KC-135R/T, T-53A, C-5M



Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal



2003  Distinguished Graduate (DG) & Flying Excellence Award, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training|
2003  AETC Commander’s Trophy Winner, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
2005  Very Important Patriot Award, Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall
2006  Top Third Graduate, Outstanding Contributor, Squadron Officer School
2007  384th Air Refueling Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year
2008  Distinguished Graduate (DG) & Outstanding Graduate, Air Force Weapons Officer School
2008  Mobility Air Force Tactician of the Year
2008  Air Mobility Command Nomination for the Robbie Risner Trophy
2016  General Carl A. Spaatz Trophy, Top Air Refueling Squadron
2017  Air Force Lance P. Sijan Award, Senior Officer
2018  Dick Schram Award, World’s Top Military Airshow for Community Relations and Excellence
2020  Commandant’s Distinguished Writing Award, Joint Combined Warfighting School



Second Lieutenant May 30, 2001
First Lieutenant May 30, 2003
Captain May 30, 2005
Major Apr. 1, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 2016
Colonel Mar. 1, 2020


(Current as of Jul 2021)