|COLONEL CHRISTOPHER M. SHORT|
Colonel Christopher M. Short is Commander of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. He leads a diverse operational fighter wing equipped with F-15E and F-15SG fighter aircraft. The wing is comprised of 4,200 military and civilian members that support 20 squadrons, including a Republic of Singapore squadron.
Colonel Short received his commission in 1989 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Following pilot training at Williams AFB, Ariz., he served as a T-38 Instructor Pilot before transitioning to the A/OA-10A, and later the F-15E. He has served in a variety of flying duties to include Assistant Director of Operations, Operations Officer, Wing Chief of Safety and Commander 492d Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, Lakenheath, England. He has also held staff positions on the Headquarters Air Force staff, and as the Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Pacific Command. Prior to serving in this position, he was the vice commander of the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
Colonel Short is a command pilot with more than 3,300 hours of total flying time in the T-38, A/OA-10A/C and F-15E, with 243 combat hours in the A/OA-10A and F-15E.
1989 Bachelor of Science in History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1995 Squadron Officer School, Outstanding Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Master of Science in Aeronautical Science Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Air War College, correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Senior Course 118, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
2011 USAF Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2012 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
1. Aug 1989 - Sep 1990, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. Oct 1990 - Mar 1991, student, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. Mar 1991 - Oct 1992, T-38 Instructor Pilot, 97th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
4. Oct 1992 - Mar 1996, T-38 Instructor Pilot, Flight scheduler, Wing Executive Officer, Asst Flight Commander, 25th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
5. Mar 1996 - Apr 1996, Distinguished Graduate, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.
6. Apr 1996 - Nov 1996, Student, A/OA-10A/C FTU, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
7. Nov 1996 - Sep 1999, A/OA-10A/C Flight Lead, Flight Commander, 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8. Sep 1999 - Mar 2000, Top Graduate, F-15E FTU, Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.
9. Mar 2000 - Jul 2002, F-15E Flight Lead, Chief of Readiness, Asst Operations Officer, 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.
10. Aug 2002 - Jun 2003, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. Jul 2003 - Jun 2004, Deputy Chief, Concepts Branch, HAF/XOXS, Pentagon, Va.
12. Jul 2004 - Jan 2006, Chief of Operations, SECAF - CSAF Executive Action Group, Pentagon, Va.
13. Jan 2006 - Jun 2006, F-15E Flight Lead, Assistant Director of Operations, 492d Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
14. Jun 2006 - Oct 2006, Chief, Wing Safety, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK
15. Oct 2006 - Nov 2007, Director of Operations, 48th Operations Support Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
16. Nov 2007 - Nov 2008, Commander, 492d Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK
17. Dec 2008 - Jan 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Command
18. Jan 2011 - Jul 2011, student, Senior Course 118, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
19. Aug 2011 - Apr 2012, Vice Commander, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.
20. Apr 2012 - Present, Commander, 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. Dec 2008 - Jan 2011, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as a Colonel
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,330
Combat Hours: 243
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, A/OA-10A/C, F-15E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross with V device
Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, 31 May 1989
First Lieutenant, 31 May 1991
Captain, 31 May 1993
Major, 1 September 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, 1 April 2005
Colonel, 1 September 2009
(Current as of Dec 2013)