Colonel Joel R. DeBoer
306th Flying Training Group Commander
Colonel Joel R. DeBoer is the Commander of the 306th Flying Training Group, 12th Flying Training Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, 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 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).
Commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in May 1997, Colonel DeBoer earned his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, Mississippi in August 1998. He is a Command Pilot with over 2,200 total flying hours in fighter and training aircraft and served as an Instructor Pilot and Flight Evaluator in both the F-16 and T-38 aircraft. Colonel DeBoer has held various jobs at the squadron, group, major command and joint staff levels. His command experience at the squadron level was with the 560th Flying Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Prior to his current position, Colonel DeBoer was the Executive Officer to the Commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command.
1997 Bachelor of Science degree in History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 Squadron Officer School, in residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala. – Distinguished Graduate
2007 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence
2008 Master of Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
2012 Master of Arts in National Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2013 Air War College by correspondence
2017 Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington D.C.
Commander, 306th Flying Training Group, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (2018-Present)
Instructor Training Instructor Pilot, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, JBSA-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (2017-2018)
Counterterrorism Fellow, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington D.C. (2016-2017)
Commander, 560th Flying Training Squadron and T-38 Pilot Instructor Training Instructor Pilot, JBSA-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (2014-2016)
March 2014-Sep. 2014, Student, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, 560th Flying Training Squadron, JBSA-Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (2014-2014)
Executive Officer, Strategy, Plans and Programs (J5)/Deputy Chief, International Military Engagement Branch, Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany (2012-2014)
Chief, Fighter Training Branch and AT-38C Instructor Pilot, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (2009-2010)
Assistant Director of Operations/AT-38C Instructor Pilot, 435th Fighter Training Squadron, and Executive Officer, 12th Operations Group, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas (2007-2009)
F-16 Advisor, No. 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force of Oman, Thumrait Air Base, Oman (2005-2006)
F-16C Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (2002-2005)
F-16C Fight Lead/Assistant Weapons Officer, 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (1999-2002)
Student, F-16 Basic Operational (1998-1999)
Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. (1997-1998)
Honors & Awards
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation with oak leaf cluster and Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal