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COLONEL CARL H. SPEAR, JR

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Colonel Carl H. Spear is the Commander of the 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He commands the only Reserve medical unit in Mississippi, serving a wing of more than 1,700 reservists. As Commander, he is responsible for the training programs that ensure wartime readiness and combat capability of the ASTS as well as providing medical programs that support the 403rd Wing.

Colonel Spear enlisted in the United States Army in October of 1983.  After serving his enlistment as a Combat Tanker in the 100th Division, he attended Western Kentucky University and was commissioned in the U. S. Army Armor Corps. Upon commissioning, Spear’s first assignment was as Armor Platoon Leader, Delta Company, 100th Division, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He deployed on two separate occasion from January 2004 to November 2005 with the 350th Civil Affairs Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

After a break in service, Colonel Spear joined the Air Force Reserve in 2008, serving in the 919th Medical Squadron, 919th Special Operations Wing Duke Field, Florida, in various roles during his time there. He became commander of the 919th Medical Squadron in January 2015 and served in that capacity until he accepted his current assignment.


EDUCATION

1983 U.S. Army Armor Basic Training Course, Fort Knox, Kentucky

1985 U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia

1987 Bachelor of Science in Biology and Military Science, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

1991 U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Basic Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

1991 Doctorate of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Birmingham, Alabama

1993 U.S. Army Air Assault School, Fort Rucker, Alabama

1994 U.S. Army Expert Medical Badge Course, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

1995 Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease, Northeastern State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

2002 U.S. Army Civil Affairs Basic and Advanced Officer Course, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

2004 JFK Special Operations Basic Language Acquisition Course, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

2005 JFK Special Operations Center Regional Studies (South America) Course, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

2011 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)

2014 Masters in Business Administration, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

2016 Air War College (Correspondence)

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  October 1982 –May 1985, Combat Tanker (19E) in the 100th Division, Burkesville, Kentucky

2.  May 1985 – August 1987, Armor Platoon Leader, Delta Company, 100th Division, Bowling Green, Kentucky 

3.  August 1991 – June 1994, Chief of Optometry, Kelly Hill, 3rd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia

4.  February 2002 – December 2003, Team Leader, 350th Civil Affairs Command, Pensacola, Florida

5.  December 2003 - September 2004, Commander, 350th Civil Affairs Command, Civil Affairs Civil Military Operations-Mobile Training Team, attached to 101st (Airborne) Division and U.S. Special Operations Command, Operation Iraqi Freedom

6.  January 2004 - November 2005, Team Leader, 350th Civil Affairs Command, Civil Affairs Civil Military Operations-Mobile Training Team, attached to U.S. Special Operations Command on two separate occassions

7.  November 2008 – August 2014, Chief of Optometry and Medical Readiness Officer 919th Medical Squadron, 919th Special Operations Wing, Eglin AFB Field 3 (Duke Field), Florida

8.  August  2014 – January 2015, Acting Commander, 919th Medical Squadron, 919th Special Operations Wing, Eglin AFB Field 3 (Duke Field), Florida

9.  January 2015 – February 2018, Commander, 919th Medical Squadron, 919th Special Operations Wing, Eglin AFB Field 3 (Duke Field), Florida

10. February 2018 – present, Commander, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Action Badge

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Army Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf cluster

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two “M” Devices

Army Service Ribbon

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 10, 1986

First Lieutenant Apr. 5, 1989

Captain June 20, 1991

Major Aug. 20, 2003

Lieutenant Colonel June 12, 2013

Colonel Nov. 28, 2017

 

(Current as of February 4, 2018)