Colonel Brandon K. Beightol

Col. Brandon K. Beightol is the Vice Commander, 118th Wing, Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, TN. The mission of the 118th Wing is to provide the United States Air Force with persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and combat capability. The wing has three distinct operational missions: a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Group, a Cyber ISR Group and a Targeting Group. The wing also provides expeditionary combat support and deployable medical capabilities. These combined mission sets provide robust combat capability to combatant commanders and agile emergency response supporting state and federal missions.

Colonel Beightol received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1994. He then attended Intelligence training at Goodfellow AFB, TX. His initial operational experience included assignments in Air Mobility Command, Pacific Air Forces and Air Education & Training Command. From 2002-2011, Col Beightol served in a variety of positions at Tyndall AFB, FL, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN, and at the National Guard Bureau, Arlington VA. During his initial tour at NGB (2007-2008), Col Beightol served as a speechwriter for the Director, Air National Guard. From 2011-2013, Col. Beightol commanded two squadrons in the California ANG, at Beale AFB, CA, then returned to the Washington DC area as a Pentagon executive officer for the Deputy Director, Air National Guard. He was then promoted to his current rank and served as the Deputy Director for ANG ISR forces at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, and later served as a Targeting Group Commander in Nashville, TN. Most recently, Col. Beightol served as the Chief of Staff for 1 AF (AFNORTH), Tyndall AFB, FL.


1994 Bachelor of Arts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 
1995 Fundamentals of Intelligence, Goodfellow AFB, TX 
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL 
2000 Master of Arts in Education, Chapman University, Orange, California 
2006 Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA
2015 National Security Leadership Senior Manager Course, Elliot School of International Affairs, George
         Washington University, Washington, DC
2017 Air War College Senior Development Education and Joint PME Phase II, Maxwell AFB, AL
2017 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL


1.   Nov 94 – Sep 95, Student, Intelligence Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX
2.   Sep 95 – May 97, Intelligence Officer, Travis AFB, CA
3.   May 97 – Jun 98, Squadron Intelligence Officer, Kunsan AB, South Korea
4.   Jun 98 – Jun 00, OSS Intelligence Flight Commander, Tyndall AFB, FL
5. Jun 00 – Jan 02, Unit Support, 1 AF, Tyndall AFB, FL
6. Jan 02 – Jul 06, Faculty Advisor, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
7. Jul 06 – May 07, Student, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA
8. Jun 07 – Aug 08, Staff Officer, Director’s Action Group, Arlington, VA
9. Aug 08 – Mar 11, Ground ISR Division, Arlington, VA
10. Mar 11 – Jan 12, Commander, 222 Operations Support Squadron, Beale AFB, CA
11. Jan 12 – Apr 13, Commander 234 Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, CA
12. Apr 13 – Jun 14, Executive officer for the Deputy Director Air National Guard, Pentagon
13. Jun 14 – Jun 16, Deputy Director, ISR, A2 Intelligence Directorate, ANGRC, Joint Base Andrews, MD
14. Jul 16 – Jun 17, Student Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
15. Jul 17 – Jun 19, Commander, 118 Intelligence, Reconnaissance & Surveillance Group, Nashville, TN
16. July 19 – July 20, Chief of Staff, CONR-1 AF (AFNORTH)
17. July 20- Present Vice Commander, 118 Wing, Nashville TN