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COLONEL CHRISTOPHER E. PLAMP

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Colonel Christopher E. Plamp is the Commander of the 306th Flying Training Group, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colo. The 306th Flying Training Group provides soaring, parachuting and powered flight as character building operations focused on enhancing the airmanship and leadership of USAFA and ROTC cadets. The group also provides flight screening for all Air Force officers scheduled to enter Pilot, Combat Systems Operator, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft training. On an annual basis the 306th Flying Training Group trains more than 4,000 cadets and officers while operating the USAF's busiest day - Visual Flight Rules airfield (operated only during daylight hours).

Colonel Plamp, a recent Air War College graduate, has also acted as Director of the Commander's Action Group, Air Education and Training Command and was the Commander of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron in Air Combat Command. As Commander of the 15th RS he led a squadron employing MQ-1B Predators providing more than 90,000 hours of armed reconnaissance to both conventional and special operations forces in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Plamp entered the Air Force in August 1988 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours primarily in the A/OA-10 and MQ-1B.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1989 Joint Firepower Control Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
1993 Introduction to Electronic Warfare School, Kelly AFB, Texas
1994 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2000 Masters of Military Art and Science, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2010 Masters of Strategic Studies, U. S. Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Aug 1988 - Aug 1989, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. Aug 1989 - Sep 1990, student, AT-38, Holloman AFB, N.M. and A/OA-10, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
3. Sep 1990 - Sep 1991, OA-10 Pilot/Battalion Air Liaison Officer and Chief of Squadron Scheduling, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Suwon then Osan AB, Republic of Korea
4. Sep 1991 - Dec 1992, OA-10 Pilot/BALO, Assistant Weapons Officer, 23rd TASS/354 Fighter Squadron, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
5. Dec 1992 - Jan 1995, A/OA-10 Instructor Pilot/ BALO and Chief of Squadron Scheduling and then Standard Evaluations Liaison Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
6. Jan 1995 - Feb 1998 Chief of Wing Scheduling then OA-10/TACP Group Standardization and Evaluation Officer and Air Combat Command East Coast A-10 Demonstration Pilot, 347th WG, Moody AFB, Ga.
7. Feb 1998 - May 1999, A/OA-10/TACP Examiner, Standardization and Evaluations, 9AF, Shaw AFB, S.C.
8. May 1999 - Jun 2000, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. Jun 2000 - May 2003, Joint Fires Officer and Command Air Liaison Officer, J3 then Aviation Tactics and Evaluation Group: Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
10. May 2003 - Mar 2004, Assistant Director of Operations, 75th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.
11. Apr 2004 - Dec 2005, Director of Operations, 74th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.
12. Dec 2005 - May 2006, Student, MQ-1 Training, 11th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
13. May 2006 - May 2008, Commander, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
14. May 2008 - May 2009, Director Command Action Group, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
15. May 2009 - Jun 2010 Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. Jun 2010 - Present, Commander 306 Flight Training Group, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 2,500
Aircraft flown: A/OA-10, MQ-1B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training
Commandant's Trophy Winner, Squadron Officers School
Distinguished Graduate, MQ-1B Formal Training Course

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 4 Aug, 1988
First Lieutenant 4 Aug, 1990
Captain 4 Aug, 1992
Major 1 Jun, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Mar, 2004
Colonel 1 Jun, 2009

(Current as of July 2010)