Colonel Christopher K. Lacouture, Commander

Colonel Christopher K. Lacouture is the Commander of the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Colonel Lacouture leads the Air Force's MH-139 Formal Training Unit. He also commands the deployable Aeromedical Evacuation and Agile Combat Support units assigned to the 908th supporting National Command Authority taskings.

Colonel Lacouture earned his commission in 1996 from the Air Force Academy. That year he attended SUPT at Vance Air Force Base and Ft. Rucker. Colonel Lacouture served on Active Duty for 15 years before joining the Air Force Reserve as an Air Reserve Technician in 2011. He has seen worldwide duty in Air Force Reserve Command, Air Force Education and Training Command, Indo-Pacific Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command, and Africa Command. He has served as a group and squadron commander, Numbered Air Force Staff Officer, unit and group standardization and evaluation pilot, flight
commander, and safety officer. Colonel Lacouture is a command pilot with more than 3,600 total hours including 120 combat hours.

1996 Bachelor of Science in Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
2001 Masters of Business Administration, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD.
2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.
2008 Flight Safety Officer Course, Kirtland AFB, NM.
2011 Combined Air Operations Center Initial Qualification Personnel Recovery Course, Hurlburt Field, FL.
2011 Personnel Recovery Planning Course, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, Fredericksburg, VA.
2012 Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, TX.
2016 Air War College, by correspondence.
2017 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.
2018 Joint Combined Warfare School – Hybrid, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA.
2021 AFRC Group and Wing Commanders Orientation Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

1. August 1996–March 1997, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, OK
2. March 1997–October 1997, Student, Rotary-Wing Pilot Training, Ft Rucker, AL
3. October 1997-February 1998, Student, UH-1N Initial Qualification Course, Kirtland AFB, NM
4. February 1998–April 2001, Chief of Plans, 1 HS, Andrews AFB, MD
5. April 2001–November 2001, HH-60G Initial Qualification Course, Kirtland AFB, NM
6. November 2001–December 2004, Mobility Officer, 66 RQS, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV
7. December 2004–December 2007, Flight Commander and Resource Advisor, 66RQS, Kadena AB, Japan
8. December 2007–November 2011, Deputy Chief Group Stan/Eval, 58 OG, Kirtland AFB, NM
9. November 2011–February 2013, Chief Squadron Stan/Eval, 301 RQS, Patrick AFB, FL
10. February 2013–June 2015, Asst. Director of Operations, 301 RQS Patrick AFB, FL
11. June 2015–December 2016, Commander, 920 OSS, Patrick AFB, FL
12. December 2016–June 2017, Commander 920 OG, Patrick AFB, FL
13. June 2017–June 2019, Senior HH-60 Evaluator Pilot 920 OG, Patrick AFB, FL
14. June 2019–September 2019, Commander 301 RQS, Patrick AFB, FL
15. October 2019–March 2020, Commander 303 ERQS, Baledogle Military Airfield, Somalia
16. April 2020–July 2020, Senior HH-60 Evaluator Pilot 920 OG, Patrick AFB, FL
17. July 2020–November 2022, Commander 913 AG, Little Rock AFB, AR
18. November 2022–September 2023, Director of Operations and Plans 22 AF, Dobbins ARB, GA
19. September 2023–Present, Commander 908 AW, Maxwell AFB, AL

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 3,646
Aircraft Flown: T-37, UH-1H, UH-1N, HH-60G, and C-130J

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star

Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Oct 1, 2013
Colonel May 11, 2020

(Current as of September 2023)