COLONEL JOHN C. BLACKWELL

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Col. John C. Blackwell commands the 366th Mission Support Group, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As group commander, he provides all personnel/administrative, security, communications, services, logistics readiness, and infrastructure support and development for the 366th Fighter Wing. He commands a group of more than 2,000 military, civilian and contract personnel with management of over $540M in programs.

While an Army Reservist, Col Blackwell attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington, and entered the Air Force in September 1994 upon earning his commission from Officer Training School. He has 22 years of active service at 15 assignment locations. Col Blackwell has squadron, group and joint command experience. Prior to his current position, Col. Blackwell was the Chief, Air Force Portfolio Management Division. In this position, he executed both an $8.3 billion dollar housing privatization program composed of 53,240 homes at 63 bases, and a $6.2 billion utilities privatization program with 68 systems.

Col Blackwell’s accomplishments while deployed include the following: In 2007, he led the US Central Command Joint Reconstruction Operations Center that integrated a $2.2 billion infrastructure reconstruction program encompassing the entire city of Baghdad; in 2009, the Col led a $64 million Baghdad International Airport pavement restoration project to aid Iraq’s stabilization; while serving with Joint Task Force-Haiti in 2010, he directed a civil-military operations center for earthquake recovery efforts; and in 2011, he commanded a $7.5 million US Southern Command NEW HORIZONS exercise in Suriname to train a 603-member joint force. In 2014, Col Blackwell completed a short tour as the 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Al Dhafra Air Base, Southwest Asia. During this assignment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, Col Blackwell directed a beddown of the Royal Australian Air Force which added over 1,000 sorties to the Air Tasking Order, pioneered the first Multiple Award Construction Contract in the US Central Command Area of Responsibility, and secured Host Nation buy-in for a $960 million Ramp expansion.

ASSIGNMENTS
1.October 1994 – April 1995, Engineer Architect, 95th Civil Engineer Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2. May 1995 – August 1997, Chief, Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements Flight, 95th Civil Engineer Group, Edwards AFB, Calif. (October 1995 – January 1996, Architect, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy)
3. September 1997 – August 1999, Chief, Maintenance Engineering Flight, 76th Civil Engineer Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
4. September 1999 – September 2000, Chief, Operations Flight, 76th Civil Engineer Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
5. October 2000 – June 2003, Chief of Programs, Directorate of Civil Engineering, Fifth Air Force, Yokota AB, Japan
6. July 2003 – June 2005, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 810/Baylor University, Texas
7. July 2005 – June 2006, Commandant of Cadets, AFROTC Detachment 810/Baylor University, Texas
8. July 2006 – July 2007, Deputy Director, Joint Reconstruction Operations Center/Multi-National Force-Iraq, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
9. July 2007 – June 2008, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2008 – June 2010, Commander, Operations Flight, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. (November 2008 – May 2009, Chief, Iraq Area Construction Management Office, Sather AB, Iraq) (January 2010 – April 2010, Director, Project Management Coordination Cell/Joint Task Force-Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
11. June 2010 – June 2012, Deputy Commander, 820th RED HORSE Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev. (May 2011 – August 2011, Commander, 820th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron, Exercise NEW HORIZONS, Suriname)
12. July 2012 – June 2014, Commander, 22nd Training Support Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 2014 – June 2015, Deputy Commander, 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Southwest Asia
14. July 2015 - July 2016, Chief, Air Force Portfolio Management Division, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
15. July 2016 - present, Commander, 366th Mission Support Group, Mountain Home AFB, ID

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1.July 2006 – July 2007, Deputy Director, Joint Reconstruction Operations Center/Multi-National Force Iraq,International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq as a Major

EDUCATION
1990 Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University
1992 Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington
1994 Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with three bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal NATO Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 30, 1994
First Lieutenant Sept. 30, 1996
Captain Sept. 30, 1998
Major March 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 2010
Colonel March 1, 2016

(Current as of July 2016)