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Colonel THEODORE W. GEASLEY

Colonel Theodore (Ted) W. Geasley, is the Commander of the 118th Wing, Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. The mission of the 118th Wing is to provide America with lethal armed overwatch, actionable reachback intelligence, and expeditionary combat support that projects American power across the globe. He is responsible for $250 million in base property and an annual budget exceeding $116 million to include the training management and employment of over 1060 military personnel. As the installation commander, he is responsible for strategic guidance, capital allocation, and risk management decisions across all disciplines. The 118th Wing is the only ANG base that combines Group operations across remotely piloted aircraft, targeting, and cyber disciplines under one Wing. The 118th Wing provides combat capability to combatant commanders and emergency response resources to the Governor during times of emergency. As a current and qualified, combat mission ready MQ-9 instructor pilot, he flies CAS, SCAR, and ISR missions in support of combat operations.

 

Col Geasley entered the Air Force in April 1996 as a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC Detachment 790. He has been assigned to numerous active-duty and Air National Guard flying squadrons, a tour as the Aide-de-Camp for the 11th Air Force Commander, and as the Airborne ISR Branch Chief for the National Guard Bureau at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. Prior to his current position, he has commanded at the flight, squadron, and group levels, most recently as the Commander of the 118th Operations Group.

 

Col Geasley is a Command Pilot with more 2,600 flying hours in the MQ-9 Reaper, C-130 Hercules, F-16 Fighting Falcon, AT-38 Talon, T-38 Talon, T-37 Tweet, T-3 Firefly.

 

EDUCATION

1993 Bachelor of Science, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN.

2003 USAF Squadron Officer School (Distinguished Graduate)

2011 USAF Air Command and Staff College

2018 USAF Air War College

2021 Performance Coaching Certificate, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2021 Strategic Leadership Certificate, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2022 Current MBA Candidate (December 2022 Graduation), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

 

ASSIGNMENTS OR CAREER CHRONOLOGY

1. May 1996 - March 1998, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, AT-38 Student Pilot, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX

2. March 1998 - February 1999, F-16 Student Pilot, 309th Fighter Squadron, F-16C FTU, Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ

3. February 1999 - December 2000, F-16 Pilot, Electronic Combat Officer, Squadron Training Officer,68th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, GA

4. December 2000 - January 2003, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Squadron Training, Chief of Squadron Scheduling, B Flight Commander, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan

5. January 2003 - November 2003, PACAF F-16 Demonstration Pilot, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan

6. November 2003 - February 2005, Aide-de-Camp, Headquarters, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB, AK

7. February 2005 - January 2008, C-130 Aircraft Commander, Electronic Combat Officer, 105th Airlift Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

8. January 2008 - February 2012, Chief, Wing Plans, C-130 Instructor Pilot, 118th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

9. Feb 2012 - October 2012, MQ-9 Pilot, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 105th Attack Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

10. October 2012 - January 2017, Director of Operations, MQ-9 Instructor Pilot, 105th Attack Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

11. January 2017 - September 2018, Commander, MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot, 118th Operations Support Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

12. September 2018 - October 2019, Branch Chief, Airborne ISR, National Guard Bureau-Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, MD

13. November 2019 - November 2022, Commander, 118th Operations Group, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Field ANGB, TN

14. November 2022—Present, Commander 118the Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, Berry Filed ANGB, TN

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION [FLIGHT RATED ONLY]

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: more than 2,600 hours total time

Aircraft flown: MQ-9, C-130, F-16, AT-38, T-38, T-37, T-3

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 devices

Air Medal with 1 device

Aerial Achievement Medal with 1 device

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 devices

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 device

Air Force Achievement Medal

Combat Readiness Medal with 9 devices

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Gold Border with 7 devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Humanitarian Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal with 2 devices

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long

Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 4 devices

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 device

Air Force Longevity Service with 5 devices

NATO Medal

Air Force Training Ribbon

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant: 27 April 1996

First Lieutenant: 27 April 1998

Captain: 27 April 2000

Major: 31 May 2006

Lieutenant Colonel: 1 October 2012

Colonel: 20 November 2019

 

CURRENT AS OF NOVEMBER 2022