114th Fighter Wing


Mission

The mission of the 114th Fighter Wing is to deploy worldwide and execute directed tactical fighter sorties to destroy enemy forces, supplies, equipment, 
communications systems and installations with conventional weapons, or when directed by the Governor to protect life and property, preserve peace, order and public safety.

Vision

- Provide 21st century warfighters to fly, fight and win. 

- Engage Airmen to see their role in mission accomplishment. 

- Engage Airmen to see they make a difference.

 

Biographies

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.

114th Maintenance Group

The mission of the 114th Maintenance Group is to ensure that assigned aircraft and equipment are safe, serviceable, and properly configured to meet mission requirements. Maintenance actions include, but are not limited to, inspection, repair, overhaul, modification, preservation, refurbishment, testing, and analyzing condition and performance.

114th Mission Support Group

The mission of the 114th Mission Support Group is to direct the activities of the 114th Mission Support Flight, 114th Civil Engineer Squadron, 114th Security Forces Squadron, 114th Communications Flight, 114th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and the 114th Services Flight toward the overall missions and objectives of the 114th Fighter Wing.

114th Operations Group

The mission of the 114th Operations Group is to deploy worldwide and execute directed tactical fighter sorties to destroy enemy forces, supplies, equipment, communications systems and installations with conventional weapons.

114th Medical Group

The mission of the 114th Medical Group is, upon mobilization, to provide manpower replacement tasking by the gaining major command, Air Combat Command. The 114th Medical Group provides limited health services for approximately 1,000 personnel assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing.

HQ, South Dakota Air National Guard

The mission of Headquarters, South Dakota Air National Guard is to prepare plans, policies, and programs for Air National Guard units assigned to the State; to advise and assist the Adjutant General in execution of these plans; and assist in the administration, logistics, and training of Air National Guard units.