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Colonel Michael R. Stolley

306th Flying Training Group Commander

306th Flying Training Group

Colonel Michael R. Stolley
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Colonel Michael R. Stolley is the Commander of the 306th Flying Training Group, 12th Flying Training Wing, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. 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 Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. The group also provides flight training 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). Col. Stolley is a 1999 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy receiving his Bachelor of Science in Operations Research. Prior to his current assignment Col. Stolley served as the commander of Cadet Group Four, USAFA, responsible for motivating, training, and developing 1,100 cadets into officers culminating in an undergraduate degree and commission in the U.S. Air Force.

Col. Stolley is a Command Pilot with over 3,200 hours in the F-16, MQ-1, and MQ-9.


Bachelor of Science in Operations Research, USAFA, Colo. (1999)

USAF Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (2007)

Masters of Business Administration, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz. 2009 USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev. (2008)

Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (2012)

Air Command and Staff College, Non-Residence (2014)

Professional Experience

Assistant Baseball Coach, USAFA, Colo. (June 1999 – January 2000)

Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss. (January 2000 – June 2001)

Student, F-16 Initial Qualification Training, Luke AFB, Ariz. (June 2001 – February 2002)

Assistant Chief of Scheduling, Electronic Combat Pilot, 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C. (February 2002 – December 2004)

Chief Squadron Weapons and Tactics, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Flight Commander, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev. (December 2004 – April 2008)

Weapons School Instructor, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 26th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev. (April 2008 – August 2011)

Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (August 2011 – June 2012)

Chief of Foreign Disclosure, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. (June 2012 – July 2014)

Director of Operations, 26th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev. (July 2014 – June 2016)

Commander, 26th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev. (June 2016 – June 2018)

Student, Grand Strategy Seminar, Air War College, Maxwell, AFB, Ala. (June 2018 – June 2019)

Commander, Cadet Group Four, USAFA, Colo. (June 2019 – July 2021)

Commander, 306th Flying Training Group, USAFA, Colo. July 2021 – Present)

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Aerial Achievement Medal with eight oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster