Lieutenant Colonel Diane Patton, OG Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Diane E. Patton is the Commander, 908th Operations Group, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As Commander, she is responsible for all matters pertaining to the operational readiness and effectiveness of the Operations Group to support worldwide aeromedical evacuation, tactical airlift and airdrop missions.

Lieutenant Colonel Patton first enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in November 1997 and received her degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in 2002. She earned her commission from Officer Training School and completed Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at NAS Corpus Christi, TX.

Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Director of Operations, 357th Airlift Squadron, Maxwell AFB, AL, and was formerly Chief of Tactical Airlift Requirements, Reserve Programs and Requirements, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Lieutenant Colonel Patton is a senior pilot, having flown more than 2,700 hours, including over 400 combat hours in the C-130H.

2002 Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 Reserve Component Joint Officer Professional Development Seminar, Washington, D.C.
2008 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2009 Master of Arts in Management, American Military University, Charles Town, WV
2012 Aviation Safety Program Management Course, Kirtland AFB, NM
2012 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, NM
2016 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2016 Naval Strategy and War, Naval War College, Newport, RI
2019 Information Environment Advanced Analysis, USSOUTHCOM, Doral, FL
2020 Joint & Combined Warfighting School-Hybrid, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2020 Air War College, by correspondence

1. November 1997 – February 2004, Aerospace Medical Technician, 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Pittsburgh IAP ARS, PA
2. February 2004 – May 2004, Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL
3. June 2004 – December 2004, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS
4. January 2005 – July 2005, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, NAS Corpus Christi, TX
5. October 2005 – May 2006, C-130 Initial Qualification Training, Little Rock AFB, AR
6. June 2006 – June 2012, C-130 Instructor Pilot, scheduling officer, squadron tactics, 758th Airlift Squadron, Pittsburgh IAP ARS, PA
7. June 2012 – July 2015, Chief of Safety, 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh IAP ARS, PA
8. July 2015 – June 2016, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. July 2016 – August 2018, Chief, Global Mobility Programming and Chief, Tactical Airlift Requirements, Reserve Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. August 2018 – April 2020, Director of Operations, 357 Airlift Squadron, Maxwell AFB, AL
11. April 2020 – present, Commander, 908 Operations Group, Maxwell AFB, AL

Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,700
Aircraft flown: T-37, TC-12, C-130E/H

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

1998 Distinguished Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Technical Training
1999 911th Airlift Wing First-Term Airman of the Year
2000 HQ AFRC Olson-Wegner Award
2001 Innovative Development through Employee Awareness (IDEA) Award
2004 Distinguished Graduate, Officer Training School
2005 Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training
2006 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Initial Qualification
2008 911th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year

Second Lieutenant May 14, 2004
First Lieutenant May 14, 2006
Captain May 14, 2008
Major May 14, 2013
Lieutenant Colonel Aug 31, 2018
(Current as of April 2020)