Colonel Jack R. Arthaud is the Commander, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He leads F-35A Lightning II flying training and hosts the F-35 A/B/C maintenance training for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and seven international partners. He is also responsible for U.S. Air Force and international air battle manager training at Tyndall AFB, Fla, and intelligence formal training at Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 33rd FW is home to 29 F-35As assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron and is currently reactivating the 60th Fighter Squadron to better serve the Combat Air Forces, ultimately bringing the total number of wing-assigned F-35A aircraft to 56.
Colonel Arthaud graduated from Whitworth College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1999. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Vance AFB, Okla. and went on to the fly the F-15C Eagle. The colonel is a 2017 National Security Fellow, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and a 2019 Seminar XXI graduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to taking command of the 33rd FW, Colonel Arthaud was the Commandant of the United States Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nev., in charge of training expert officer and enlisted tactical instructors and leaders to integrate air-space-cyberspace power across all warfighting domains through 40 graduate-level-accredited academic, flying, and operations courses across 31 aircraft and weapons systems. Previously, he served as the Senior Air Strategy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategy and Force Development. In this capacity, he co-authored the Department's premier strategic guidance—2018 National Defense Strategy—as an NDS core-team member. The colonel previously commanded the 18th Operations Support Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Colonel Arthaud is a combat pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38A, AT-38B, F-15A/C/D, F-16D, E-3B, AC-130J, C-130J, HC-130J, HH-60G, MQ-9, U-28, CV-22, B-2, B-1, B-52, C-17, KC-135 and F-35A. He has flown combat missions in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, deployed for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as well as led homeland defense missions Operation NOBLE EAGLE.
1999 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air University Online Master’s Program
2012 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2013 Master of Phil Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 National Security Fellow, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
2019 Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2019 Enterprise Leadership, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Oct 1999 – May 2001, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
June 2001 – April 2002, Student, F-15C Pilot Training, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
May 2002 – April 2005, 18 WG ECP, Assistant Chief of Weapons, Kadena AB, Japan
May 2005 – June 2006, Flight Commander and F-15C Evaluator Pilot, Eglin AFB, Fla.
July 2006 – December 2006, Student, USAF F-15C Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
December 2006 – December 2007, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Eglin AFB, Fla.
January 2008 – June 2011, USAF Weapons School Instructor, Nellis AFB, Nev.
April 2009 – November 2009, Chief of Training Analysis USFOR-A J-7, NKC, Kabul, Afghanistan
July 2011 – June 2012, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
July 2012 – June 2013, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
September 2013 – June 2014, Director of Operations, 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
June 2014 – May 2016, Commander, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
July 2016 – June 2017, National Security Fellow Harvard University, JFK School, Cambridge, Mass.
June 2017 – June 2019, Senior Air Strategy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategy and Force Development, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
June 2019 – June 2021, Commandant, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
July 2021 – Present, Commander, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2,000
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38A, AT-38B, F-15A/C/D, F-16D, E-3B, AC-130J, C-130J, HC-130J, HH-60G, MQ-9, U-28, CV-22, B-2, B-1, B-52, C-17, KC-135 and F-35A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant September 1999
First Lieutenant September 2001
Captain September 2003
Major July 2009
Lieutenant Colonel November 2012
Colonel May 2018 (Frocked Dec 2017)
(Current as of August 2021)