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Colonel D. Shawn Mattingly is Vice Commander of the 403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The 403rd Wing is the first U.S. Air Force organization to acquire the C-130J Super Hercules and has executed over 90,000 flying hours in this weapon system. It is the largest tenant unit on Keesler AFB, with more than 1,600 reservists and 20 C-130J aircraft. The wing’s mission is to train, equip and employ airlift forces in global support of the nation's interests. This includes tactical air-land and air-drop of personnel, supplies and equipment, aeromedical evacuation and agile combat support. In addition, the wing performs the only aerial weather reconnaissance mission in the Department of Defense.

The Colonel entered the Air Force in November 1996, after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1994, and was commissioned through Officer Training School in May of 1997. Prior to his current position, the he was the Joint Operations Officer in Charge, Joint Transportation Reserve Unit, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He’s served in a variety of positions throughout his career to include Deputy Director Global Operations on the Tanker Airlift Control Center Execution Floor, Tanker Flight Commander 183rd Air Operations Center, an Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, flying both the KC-10 and C-17 aircraft with the 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., holding the positions of Chief of Training, Chief of Scheduling and Group Tactics Chief.

2019 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2018 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Command and Control, Air Operations Center Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2006 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1998 Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
1997 Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.  

1. February 1997 – May 1997, Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2. September 1997 – September 1998, Student Pilot, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. October 1998 – July 2005, KC-10 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Training/Scheduling and Tactics, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (Deployed Al Dhafra Air Base, 2001, 2002)
4. July 2005 – February 2008, C-17 Pilot, 732nd Airlift Squadron, 514th Group Tactics Chief, JB McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, N.J.
5. February 2008 – January 2011, Admissions Liaison Officer, U.S. Air Force Academy, Louisville, Ky.
6. January 2011 – May 2015, Air Operations Center Officer, Flight Commander, Illinois Air National Guard, Springfield, Ill.
7. May 2015 – September 2019, Deputy Director of Operations, 618th Air Operations Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. Oct 2019 – May 2021, Joint Mobility Operations Officer, 954th RSS/J-3, USTRANSCOM, Scott AFB, Ill.
9. May 2021 – February 2022, J3 OIC, JTRU, USTRANSCOM, Scott AFB, Ill.
12.  February 2022 – Present, Vice Commander, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss.

Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,500
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-1, KC-10, and C-17

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
U.S. Air Force Reserve Air Mobility Command High Flight Selectee

Second Lieutenant May 30, 1997
First Lieutenant May 30, 1999
Captain September 12, 2002
Major September 12, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel January 4, 2014
Colonel May 1, 2021

(Current as of February 2022)