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COLONEL TRAVIS J. CRAWMER

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Colonel Travis J. Crawmer is the Vice Wing Commander for the 132d Wing, Des Moines Air National Guard Base, Iowa.  The 132d Wing includes the 132d Operations Group flying the MQ-9 Reaper, RC-26, 168th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, and the 132d Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance Group (Targeting).  

Colonel Crawmer began his career in 1989 enlisting in the Iowa Air National Guard. After completing his enlistment he gained his commission in 1995 as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  Col Crawmer graduated from Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training in 1998 and F-16 FTU, Tucson AZ, ANG in 2000.  Col Crawmer has held the following positions flying the F-16; B Flight Commander, Operations Support Flight Commander, DTOC Director of Operations.  Following the mission conversion to the MQ-9 Reaper Col Crawmer was the first 124th Attack Squadron Commander and then served as the 132d Operations Group Commander prior to his current assignment.

Colonel Crawmer is a Command Pilot with over 2,500 hours in the F-16 A/B, F16 C/D, F-16 C+, RC-26 and MQ-9 and has flown over 400 combat hours in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

Colonel Crawmer is married to Cheryl Crawmer and has two children Justin and Madison.

EDUCATION

1993 Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Northern Iowa 
2002 USAF Squadron Officer School, by correspondence  
2007 USAF Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence  
2013 USAF Air War College, by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS 

1.    May 89 - May 95, Airman 132nd Services Flight, Des Moines ANGB, IA 
2.    Aug 95 - Aug 97, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 132nd Maintenance Group, Des Moines ANGB, IA 3.    Aug 97 - Sep 98, Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX 
4.    Sep 98 - Feb 99, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Randolph AFB, TX 
5.    Feb 99 - Mar 00, F-16 Fighter Training Unit, Tucson ANGB, AZ 
6.    Mar 00 – Nov 06, F-16 Fighter Pilot, Des Moines ANGB, IA 
7.    Dec 06 - Jul 08, Commander, F-16 B-Flight, Des Moines ANGB, IA 
8.    Jul 08 - Dec 10, Commander, 132nd Operations Support Flight, Des Moines ANGB, IA 
9.    Dec 10 - Oct 12, Director of Operations, Distributed Training Operations Center, Des Moines ANGB, IA 
10.  Oct 12 - Oct-15, Commander, 124th Attack Squadron Des Moines ANGB, IA 
11.   Oct 15 - Jan. 2, Commander, 132nd Operations Group, Des Moines ANGB, IA
12.   Jan. 2 - Present, Vice Commander, 132nd Wing, Des Moines ANGB, IA
 

 FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  Command Pilot 
Flight Hours: 2500+ 
Aircraft Flown: T-37B, T-38A, AT-38B, F-16A/B, F-16C/D, RC-26, MQ-9

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Air Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Aerial Achievement Medal, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters 
Air Force Achievement Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Air Force Combat Action Medal 
Meritorious Unit Award 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 6 Oak Leaf Clusters 
Air Force Combat Readiness Award, 5 Oak Leaf Clusters 
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
National Defense Service Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 
Iraqi Campaign Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal 
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short 
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters 
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, 7 Oak Leaf Clusters 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 3 ‘M’ Devices 
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon 
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol) 
Air Force Training Ribbon, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster 
Iowa Leadership Ribbon with Torch 
Iowa National Guard State Service Ribbon with 4 devices  

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant                  Sep 14, 1995 
First Lieutenant                       Sep 14, 1997 
Captain                                   Sep 15, 1999 
Major                                       Oct 9, 2003 
Lt Colonel                                Dec 21, 2007 
Colonel                                    Dec 15, 2015  

(Current as of 2 January 2018)