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Colonel Benjamin R. Jonsson

Vice Superintendent

Benjamin Jonsson
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Bio

Col Benjamin R. Jonsson is the Vice Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He serves as chief operations officer to the Superintendent. He is the principal coordinating agent for all command matters and supports the Superintendent in directing a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletic and character development programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant.

Col Jonsson commissioned from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999. Upon graduation from pilot training in 2000, he served as an instructor pilot in the C-17A Globemaster. From 2006-2008, Col Jonsson and his family lived in Amman, Jordan, where he graduated from the University of Jordan as an Olmsted Scholar. He later served as the Desk Officer for Egypt and Jordan on the Joint Staff during the “Arab Spring” and as the Director for Jordan at the National Security Council, Executive Office of the President.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Jonsson served as Commander, 6th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Col Jonsson is a command pilot, having logged over 3,700 flight hours and over 900 combat hours.

Education

Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2022)

Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2016)

Air War College, Correspondence (2012)

Nuclear Management Fundamentals Course, AF Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, Bernalillo County, New Mexico (2009)

Intermediate Development Education, Olmsted Scholarship (2009)

Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence (2009)

Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, University of Jordan (2008)

Master of Arts in Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle University, Prescott, Florida (2006)

Arabic Intensive Course, Defense Language Institute East, Washington, D.C. (2005)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama (2005)

Bachelor of Science in Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1999)

Professional Experience

Vice Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Aug. 2022–Present)

Commander, 6th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida (Aug. 2020–July 2022)

Vice Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (July 2018–July 2020)

Director for Jordan, National Security Council, The White House, Washington D.C. (Sept. 2017–July 2018)

Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C. (June 2016–Sept. 2017)

Carlisle Scholar Program, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (July 2015–June 2016)

Deputy Commander, KC-135 Evaluator Pilot, 22d Operations Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (Mar. 2015–June 2015)

Commander, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas (May 2013–March 2015)

Political-Military Planner, Middle East Division, Joint Staff J-5, Pentagon, Washington D.C. (Apr. 2011–May 2013)

C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander, 62 AW Chief Executive Officer, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Pierce County, Washington (Sept. 2010–Apr. 2011)

C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander, 62 AW Air Expo Director, McChord Air Force Base, Pierce County, Washington (Dec. 2009–Aug. 2010)

C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander, Prime Nuclear Airlift Force Chief of Operations, 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Pierce County, Washington (Aug. 2008–Dec. 2009)

Olmsted Scholar, University of Jordan, Amman (Jan. 2006–Aug. 2008)

Arabic Student, Defense Language Institute, Washington, D.C. (July 2005–Jan. 2006)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama (June 2005–July 2005)

C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander and Chief of Tactics, 16th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, North Charleston, South Carolina (Oct. 2004-June 2005)

C-17A Aircraft Commander, Current Operations and Assistant Chief Executive Officer, 16th Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, North Charleston, South Carolina (June 2002–Oct. 2004)

C-17A Pilot, Squadron Scheduler, and Mission Director, 15th Airlift Squadron, C-17A, Charleston Air Force Base, North Charleston, South Carolina (Feb. 2001–June 2002)

Introductory Flight Training, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Undergraduate Pilot Training Student, Columbus Air Force Base, Columbus, Mississippi; and C-17A Globemaster III qualification, Altus Air Force Base, Altus, Oklahoma (June 1999–Feb. 2001)

Flight Information

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: more than 3,700

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-1, C-17A, KC-135R/T, B-1B, RC-135, E-8C, C-130J, C-130H

Language Proficiency

Modern Standard Arabic DLPT: 3/3 Levantine DLPT: 3/3

Egyptian DLPT: 3/3

Honors & Awards

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Publications

“A New Plan for the United States in Syria,” War on the Rocks, Oct. 19, 2015

“Why is America #Losing the Twitter War with ISIS,” The National Interest, Mar. 8, 2016

“Talking to the Islamic State: Co-opting Jihadists into a Political Process,” War on the Rocks, May 3, 2016

“The Elihu Root Study on the Total Army,” War on the Rocks, May 3, 2016 (contributing author)

“Why ISIS Remains a Threat,” The Strategy Bridge, May 31, 2016

“Tomorrow Never Comes: Neglecting the Nuclear Force,” War on the Rocks, June 3, 2016

“Terminating Conflict with the Islamic State,” Army War College Review, Vol. 2, No. 3, Aug. 2016, 54-57

Language Proficiency

Modern Standard Arabic DLPT: 3/3

Levantine DLPT: 3/3

Egyptian DLPT: 3/3