Colonel Robert G. Kilgore is the commander, 107th Attack Wing, New York Air National Guard, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. As the wing commander, Col. Kilgore oversees operations, medical and mission support group functions. Col. Kilgore is responsible for the deployment and employment of assigned personnel and equipment to ensure these assets are available to support all state and national requirements
Col. Kilgore was born Aug. 19 1966 in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from Shenedehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y. and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. He earned a Masters Degree in managerial economics from the University of Oklahoma, Okla., in 1999. Following Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1989, he completed follow on training in the KC-135R Stratotanker. He served on active duty for over nine years flying the KC-135R at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and Kadena Air Base, Japan. Col. Kilgore joined the New York Air National Guard in 1997.
Since joining the 107th ATKW, Col. Kilgore has served as an instructor pilot and evaluator pilot. He has been a flight commander, operations officer and squadron commander of the 136th Air Refueling Squadron, 107th Maintenance Group commander as well as the 107th ATKW vice wing commander.
A combat veteran, Col. Kilgore has served in operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Desert Strike, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has deployed as both the operations officer and detachment commander. He is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the KC-135R and C-130 H2.
1988 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
1995 Squadron Officers School
1999 Masters of Arts in Managerial Economics, University of Oklahoma, Okla.
2003 Air Command and Staff College
2006 Air War College
August, 1988 - August, 1989, Pilot Training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
September, 1989 - December, 1989, KC-135R Student, Castle Air Force Base, Calif.
December, 1989 - May, 1994, PILOR/IINSTRUCTOR PILOT KC-135R, Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
June, 1994 - September, 1997, EVALUATOR/INSTRUCTOR PILOT KC-135R, Kadena Air Base, Japan
October, 1997 - February, 2007, INSTRUCTOR PILOT KC-135R, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y.
February, 2007 - April, 2008, 136th Air Refueling Squadron, COMMANDER, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
May, 2008 - October, 2009, 107th Airlift Wing, PILOT C-130H2, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
November, 2009 - January, 2013, 107th Maintenance Group, COMMANDER, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
January, 2013 - January, 2015, 107th Airlift Wing, VICE COMMANDER, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
January, 2015 - Present, 107th Attack Wing, COMMANDER, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 4,600
Aircraft Flown: KC-135R, C-130H2, T-37B & MQ-9
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and five oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1988
First Lieutenant June 1, 1990
Captain June 1, 1992
Major Oct. 8, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 8, 2005
Colonel Jan, 11, 2010
(Current as of February 2017)