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Wing Commander

COLONEL ERIK A. PETERSON

115th Fighter Wing

Col. Erik. A. Peterson is the commander of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin. As commander, he is responsible for the organization, training and equipping of nearly 1,200 active Guard and traditional forces serving the dual mission of state and federal responsibility falling under the governor of Wisconsin and President of the United States. The 115th Fighter Wing operates the F-16C+ “Fighting Falcon” as its primary weapon system, as well as the RC-26B aircraft in the global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

Col. Peterson received his commission in 1991 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His past assignments include maintenance officer at Luke Air Force Base and flying duties as a flight lead, instructor and evaluator pilot in the 18th Fighter Squadron, 115th Fighter Wing Operations Group and 115th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the 115th Fighter Wing vice commander.

Col. Peterson is a command pilot with more than 2,650 flying hours in the F-16C/D, AT-38A, T-38A and T-37B. 

Col. Peterson earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1991, and attended squadron officer school in 1995. He earned a master of aeronautical science degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in 2000. He completed the Air Command and Staff College program in 2003 and the Air War College in 2008. He attended the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education progam in 2013.

Col. Peterson’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold oak leaf clusters; the Legion of Merit; the Air Medal with one gold oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal with two gold oak leaf clusters; the Meritorious Unit Award with one gold oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver oak leaf cluster and two gold oak leaf clusters; the Combat Readiness medal with one silver oak leaf cluster; the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; the Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long; the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, with two gold oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Longevity Service with one silver oak leaf cluster; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one ‘M’ Device; the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; the Air Force Training Ribbon; and the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal.

Vice Wing Commander

COLONEL KEVIN D. PHILPOT 

Philpott

Col Kevin Philpot is the Vice Wing Commander of the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Truax Field, Madison, WI.

The 115 Fighter Wing operates the F-16C “Fighting Falcon” as its primary weapons system, and is home to over 1,000 personnel authorized in direct support of this global mission.

Col Kevin Philpot received his commission in 1990 after graduating from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tennessee.

His past assignments include General Engineer, 115th Civil Engineering Squadron, Truax Field WI, Executive Officer, 506th Air Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, Balad, Iraq, Special Operations Combat Historian, SOCCENT, Horn of Africa and Iraq, A5 Director Strategic Plans, HQ WI ANG, and J3 Director Domestic Operations, Joint Force Headquarters.

Previous commands include the 115th Civil Engineering Squadron, and the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, Balad, Iraq. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the 115th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group Commander.

Command Chief

COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JAMES C. MCKAY

115th Fighter Wing

Chief Master Sergeant James C. McKay is assigned as the Command Chief, 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin. Chief McKay’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the Wing’s enlisted force to ensure issues with their readiness, professional development, training, and quality of life are addressed.

Chief McKay entered the Army National Guard in July of 1985. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina followed by technical training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After serving seven years as an avionics mechanic, he transferred to the Air National Guard in January of 1993. Before assuming his current position, he served as a telephone systems specialist, ground radio technician, Chief of Maintenance, operations branch superintendent, communications Chief Enlisted Manager, and Group Superintendent.

He has participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM.

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