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Lt Col LIEUTENANT COLONEL CLINTON L. GUENTHER

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Lieutenant Colonel Clinton Guenther is the commander of the 425th Air Base Squadron at Izmir Air Station, Turkey. In this capacity, Lt. Col. Guenther serves as the administrative agent responsible for support to all military units operating in Izmir, Turkey including NATO Allied Land Command Headquarters. He directs support operations in airlift, chapel, civil engineering, communications, finance, force protection, housing, law enforcement, legal, logistics plans and readiness, morale and welfare, personnel services, supply, and vehicle operations and maintenance.

Lt. Col. Guenther is also responsible for administration of the annual
one-million-dollar Çi─čli Air Base Loan agreement between the United States and Turkey.

Originally from Beatrice, NE, Lt. Col. Guenther received his commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Nebraska in 1999.  He completed pilot training at Sheppard AFB, TX in 2001.  After completing initial qualification training in the F-15C he was assigned to the 67 FS, Kadena AB, Japan.  Lt. Col. Guenther has served 5 overseas tours and has served as Flight Commander, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, and Numbered Air Force staff. Most recently, Lt. Col. Guenther was the Detachment Commander during 4 months of Baltic Air Policing and was the Director of Operations for the 493 Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, U.K.

Lt. Col. Guenther is a command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours in the F-15C, AT-38, T-38, and
T-37.  He has numerous deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

EDUCATION

1999 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Nebraska Wesleyan University

2005 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2008 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

2012 Masters of Military Operational Art, Air Command and Staff College (residence), Air University

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Jul 99 – May 00, Unit Deployment Manager, 349 ARS, McConnell AFB, KS

  2. May 00 – Oct 01, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX

  3. Oct 01 – Jul 02, Student, F-15C Fighter Training Unit, 2 FS, Tyndall AFB, FL

  4. Jul 02 – Jul 04, Unit Deployment Manager, F-15C Flight Lead, 67 FS, Kadena AB, Japan

  5. Jul 04 – Apr 05, Chief of Scheduling, F-15C Mission Commander, 67 FS, Kadena AB, Japan

  6. Apr 05 – Sep 05, Student, Pilot Instructor Training, 88 FTS, Sheppard AFB, TX

  7. Sep 05 – Apr 07, Flight Commander, T-38 Instructor Pilot, 90 FTS, Sheppard AFB, TX

  8. Apr 07 – Sep 08, Assistant Chief of Stan/Eval, T-38 Evaluator Pilot, 80 OG, Sheppard AFB, TX

  9. Sep 08 – Feb 09, Chief of Stan/Eval, F-15C Mission Commander, 67 FS, Kadena AB, Japan

  10. Feb 09 – Aug 10, Chief of F-15C Stan/Eval, F-15C Mission Commander, 18 OG, Kadena AB, Japan

  11. Aug 10 – Aug 11, Assistant Director of Operations, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 67 FS, Kadena AB, Japan

  12. Aug 11 – Jun 12, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

  13. Jun 12 – Dec 13, Chief of Plans and Requirements, 7 AF, Osan AB, South Korea

  14. Dec 13 – Jun 15, Assistant Director of Operations, F-15C Evaluator Pilot, 44 FS, Kadena AB, Japan

  15. Jun 15 – Nov 16, Chief of Wing Weapons, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 18 OSS, Kadena AB, Japan

  16. Nov 16 – Jul 17, Director of Staff, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 48 FW, RAF Lakenheath, UK

  17. Jul 17 – Sep 18, Director of Operations, F-15C Evaluator Pilot, 493 FS, RAF Lakenheath, UK

  18. Sep 18 – Present, Commander, 425th Air Base Squadron, Izmir Air Station, Turkey

     

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 3,000

Aircraft Flown:  T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15C

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Global War on Terrorism Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 15, 1999

First Lieutenant May 15, 2001

Captain May 15, 2003

Major August 1, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2014

 

(Current as of September 2018)