Colonel RUSS A. WALZ

Colonel Russ A. Walz is the Commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Colonel Walz received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University Of South Dakota,
Vermillion, S.D. in 1988.

Colonel Walz enlisted into the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1980 achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was later commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tenn., earning distinguished graduate honors. He then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. graduating in 1987.

Colonel Walz assumed command of the 114th Fighter Wing in  March of 2006. Prior to Wing Commander, he held positions of 114th Operations Group Commander, 175th Operations Officer, 114th Operations Support Flight Commander, Weapons and Tactics Officer, Chief of Current Operations, and Assistant Deputy Commander of Maintenance. Colonel Walz is a command pilot with over 3,000 total fighter hours in the A-7D and F-16C aircraft, qualified as an Instructor pilot and Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner. He has over 70 combat hours in support of Operations NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH.

EDUCATION
1988 University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management
1994 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1999 Air Command & Staff, by correspondence
2002 Air War College, by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 1980 - November 1985, Fire Protection Specialist, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
2. November 1985 - November 1987, Pilot Trainee, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
3. November 1987 - November 1990, Pilot, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
4. November 1990 - February 1993, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
5. February 1993 - August 1995, Officer In Charge Weapons and Tactics, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
6. August 1995 - August 1997, Operations Support Flight Commander, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
7. August 1997 - July 2000, 175th Fighter Squadron Operations Officer, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
8. July 2000 - July 2001, 175th Fighter Squadron Commander, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
9. July 2001 - March 2006, 114th Operations Group Commander, Joe Foss Field, S.D.
10. March 2006 - Present, 114th Fighter Wing Commander, Joe Foss Field, S.D.