Lt Col Roger J. Howard serves as the Mission Support Group Deputy Commander assigned to the 132d Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, Des Moines, Iowa. He serves as the full assistant to the Mission Support Group Commander and shares responsibility in directing and managing all agile combat support operations within the group including civil engineering, crash/fire/rescue, disaster preparedness, environmental management, personnel, command, control, communications and computer systems (C4), logistics plans, programs and readiness, base supply, transportation, vehicle maintenance, contracting, security forces, and base services. Lt Col Howard assists in the commanding of more than 250 personnel within the group and aids in providing trained, organized and equipped personnel and employing agile combat support ready forces around the world. He recently served as the Chief of Staff for the Task Force Reserve in support of COVID-19 operations for the Iowa National Guard, a first-ever tasking for the 132d Wing.
Lt Col Howard began his military career in the United States Navy as a torpedoman’s mate serving onboard the USS Helena fast attack submarine. He transitioned to the Iowa Air National Guard, 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa in August 1998 as a traditional guardsman in the Security Forces Squadron. His extensive military experience includes joint planning, application of air power in support of special operations and command and control of tactical operations. Lt Col Howard has been deployed seven times in support of named operations to Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In 2006 he was selected for a commission and attended the Academy of Military Science and served in a variety of positions throughout the 185th Air Refueling Wing including the Mission Support Executive Officer, Security Forces Operations Officer, Security Forces Commander, Antiterrorism Officer, and Installation Deployment Officer. In March 2014, he was selected as the executive officer for the Director of Staff at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. During this time, he also served as a member of the Joint Staff in the J7 Education and Training Section charged with organizing and reporting on critical training operations ensuring up-to-date Domestic Operations readiness capabilities. In March 2015, Lt Col Howard was selected as the 132d Security Forces Commander and Antiterrorism Officer and remained in that position until December 2019, when he was assigned as the 132d Mission Support Group Deputy Commander.
EDUCATION 1999 Security Forces Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2000 Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
2002 Security Forces Craftsman Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2003 Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Des Moines Police Department Regional Academy, IA
2006 Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson AFB, TN
2006 Security Forces Officers Course, Camp Bullis, TX
2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2015 Master of Art Degree in Management & Leadership, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA
2017 Air Command and Staff College Distance Learning Program
2020 Air War College Distance Learning Program (Enrolled)
ASSIGNMENTS 1. February 1991 – February 1995, Torpedoman’s Mate, USS Helena, Pearl Harbor, HI
2. August 1998 – February 2006, Security Forces Member, 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, IA