Colonel NATHAN B. ALHOLINNA

Colonel Nathan B. Alholinna is the Commander of the 114th Operations Group, Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, SD.

Colonel Alholinna graduated from Duluth East High School, Duluth, MN in 1984 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1989. Receiving his commission through AFROTC, he attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas and served five years as a T-38 Instructor Pilot at Laughlin. He flew the F-15E at Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina from 1996-1999. In 1999, he left active duty and entered the South Dakota Air National Guard as a traditional guardsman, obtaining a full time position in 2007.

Colonel Alholinna is a command and instructor pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. He has over 370 combat hours flying 116 missions in support of Operations Southern & Northern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

EDUCATION
May 1989 - Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth
January 1995 - Squadron Officer School in residence
October 2004 - Air Command & Staff College, by correspondence
November 2011 Air War College, by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS
1. November 1989 - November 1990, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, TX
2. November 1990 - June 1991, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, TX
3. June 1991 - February 1996, T-38 Instructor Pilot, T-38 Flight Commander, Laughlin AFB, TX
4. February 1996 - September 1999, F-15E Pilot, Chief of Plans, Flight Commander, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC
5. September 1999 - November 2008, F-16C Pilot, Flight Commander, Joe Foss Field, SD
6. November 2008 - April 2012, Commander 175th Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Field, SD
7. April 2012 - Present, Commander 114th Operations Group, Joe Foss Field, SD

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,100
Aircraft flown: T-38, F-15E, F-16C

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border, 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service with 5 devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 'M' devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
State of South Dakota Distinguished Service Award
State of South Dakota National Guard Service with 1 device

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, 19 June 1989
First Lieutenant, 19 June 1991
Captain, 19 June 1993
Major, 4 November 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, 4 June 2006
Colonel, 24 May 2012