Colonel Gary R. Charlton II is the vice wing commander of the 107th Attack Wing, New York Air National Guard, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. Col. Charlton serves as second in command of the wing, assisting the commander in management of all wing programs and leading the wing through its final phases of conversion to the MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Once complete, the 107th ATKW will begin supporting the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, providing highly trained and skilled Airmen to support the combatant commanders.
Col. Charlton enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1990 becoming a fuel systems technician. He graduated from Columbia College in 1995 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He is a senior pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours, including four combat deployments flying over 100 F-16C Fighting Falcon combat missions in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. While he was enlisted, Col. Charlton deployed in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Northern Watch on two separate occasions.
1995 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Columbia College, Mo.
2000 Academy of Military Science, Tenn.
2007 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2012 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2015 Air War College, by correspondence
1990, Enlisted into the New York Air National Guard
2000, Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, 138th Fighter Squadron, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2001, Graduated, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas
2002, Graduated, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
2002, Student, Initial F-16 Qualification Training, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio
2003-2005, 138th Fighter Squadron, CHIEF OF SCHEDULING & TRAINING, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2005-2007, 138th Fighter Squadron, MISSION PLANNING SME, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2007-2009, 174th Forward Operating Location, COMMANDER, Wheeler Sack Army Air Field, N.Y.
2009-2011, 138th Attack Squadron, CHIEF OF WEAPONS AND TACTICS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2011-2012, 174th Operations Group, CHIEF STANDARDIZATION & EVALUATIONS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2012-2014, 138th Attack Squadron, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, Hancock Field, N.Y.
2014-2015, 138th Attack Squadron, COMMANDER, Hancock Field, N.Y.
May 2015 - May 2016, 107th Operations Group, COMMANDER, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y.
May 2016 - Present, 107th Attack Wing, VICE COMMANDER, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
Rating: senior pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,700
Combat Hours: 329
Combat Support Hours: 1,540
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38A, T-38C, F-16C/D, MQ-1 and MQ-9
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with seven devices
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with four devices
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three M devices with hourglass
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June, 2000
First Lieutenant June, 2002
Captain June, 2004
Major Oct., 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Feb., 2013
Colonel, Dec., 2016
(Current as of February 2017)