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Colonel Dale E. Hetke

Commander of the 306th Flying Training Group

306th Flying Training Group

Colonel Dale E. Hetke
Contact Information

(719) 333-7731


Col. Dale E. Hetke 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).

Col. Hetke was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in June 1994 and completed Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training in December 1995. He has flown several different aircraft, amassing 2,800 hours, including 264 combat hours in the F-16, and has been an Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner in both the T-38 and T-6A. In addition to his flying career, Col. Hetke has held various jobs at the squadron, group and major command level. His command experience at the squadron level was with the 12th Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Prior to his current duty station, Col. Hetke was a student at Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.


Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB (2014)

Master of Business Administration and Management in Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB (2006)

Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB (2004)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (2001)

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy (1994)

Professional Experience

Commander, 306th Flying Training Group, U.S. Air Force Academy (2016-Present)

Chief, Global Precision Attack Core Function Team, HQ ACC/A5/8/9, JB Langley-Eustis (2015-2016)

Deputy Chief, Global Precision Attack Core Function Team, HQ ACC/A5/8/9, JB Langley-Eustis (2014-2015)

Student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB (2013-2014)

Deputy Commander, 12th Operations Group, JB San Antonio-Randolph (2012-2013)

Commander, 12th OSS, JB San Antonio-Randolph (2011-2012)

T-6A IP, and Director of Operations, 559th FTS, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph (2009-2011)

Special Action Officer; and Deputy Director, ACC Commander’s Action Group, Langley AFB (2009)

Chief, Senior Leader Management, HQ ACC/A1, Langley AFB (2008-2009)

Chief, Air Combat Command Exercises Branch, HQ ACC/A3, Langley AFB (2006-2008)

Student, Intermediate Developmental Education Program, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB (2005-2005)

F-16 Pilot; Flight Commander, 389th FS, Mountain Home AFB (2003-2005)

T-38 IP/SEFE; Chief, T-38 Wing Standardization/Evaluation, 47th OSS, Laughlin AFB (2002-2003)

T-38 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Squadron Programming; and Flight Commander, 87th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB (2000-2002)

F-16 Pilot; Assistant Chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics, 31st Operation Support Squadron, Aviano AB (1999-2000)

Assistant Chief of Squadron Weapons and Tactics, 555th FS, Aviano AB (1998-1999)

F-16 Pilot; Daily Squadron Scheduler, 36th FS, Osan Air Base (1997-1998)

Student, F-16 Basic Operational Course, 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB (1996-1997)

Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base (1994-1996)

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak loaf clusters

Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak loaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters