COL JOEL E DE GROOT Colonel Joel E. De Groot is the Commander of the Maintenance Group at the 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, SD. Colonel De Groot was employed as a General Aviation avionics technician when he enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1986 as an Electronics Warfare Technician. He was later selected for a technician position in the Com/Nav shop where he archived the rank of Staff Sergeant. He has extensive aircraft maintenance experience in the A-7, F-16 and General Aviation. Colonel De Groot left his technician position and was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, TN, graduating as the class Honor Graduate. Soon after commissioning he was selected to serve as the commander of the 114th Fighter Wing Service Flight and led the Flight to win the Kenneth W. Disney Award for best Air National Guard Dining Facility. As a traditional guardsman he was employed as an Airways Systems Technician for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2002, Colonel De Groot came back to the Maintenance Group as a full-time technician as the MXS Squadron Commander. He moved into the Deputy Maintenance Group Commander position in 2008 and was promoted to Maintenance Group Commander in 2010. EDUCATION 1984 Alexandria Area Vocational Technical Institute with an Associate of Science Avionics 1993 Sioux Falls College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Behavior and Management 1994 Community College of the Air Force with an Associate of Science Avionics Systems 2000 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence 2004 Air Command & Staff, by correspondence 2008 Air War College, by correspondence 2014 Master of Science in Management, University of Management and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia ASSIGNMENTS 1. June 1995 - May 1996, Services Officer, Joe Foss Field, MS 2. May 1996 - November 2002, Service Flight Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD 3. November 2002- April 2008, Maintenance Squadron Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD 4. April 2008 - July 2008, 114th Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD 5. July 2008 - October 2008, 332nd Tiger AMU OIC, Balad, Iraq 6. October 2008 - April 2010, 114th Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD 7. April 2010 - Present, 114th Maintenance Group Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Meritorious Unit Award Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border AF Longevity Service with 5 devices Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one "M" device Basic Military Honor Graduate Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Longevity Service Award four oak leaf clusters State of South Dakota Achievement Ribbon State of South Dakota Distinguished Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster State of South Dakota Distinguished Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster State of South Dakota National Guard Service Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters State of South Dakota Desert Storm Ribbon EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant June 15, 1995 First Lieutenant June 15, 1997 Captain July 9, 1999 Major July 13, 2003 Lieutenant Colonel July 14, 2007 Colonel May 26, 2011 (Current as of March 2014) The date of publication indicated on this biography reflects the most recent update. It does not necessarily reflect the date of printing.