A Memorial Day honorary ceremony will be held at Sikeston's Veteran's Park, May 29, 2017 at 10:30am. If it happens to rain, the ceremony wll be held at The First Christian Church in Sikeston, The honorary guest at this ceremony will be Col Jeffery G. Pierce , Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Northeast Region, based at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.
COLONEL JEFFREY G. PIERCE
Col Jeffrey G. Pierce is the Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Northeast Region, based at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. His area of responsibility covers 16 states to include most of Indiana and all states north and east, except Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The region serves as the intermediate command authority providing oversight and staff policy to 37 detachments covering 387 universities, 220 Airmen and over 3,500 cadets.
Col Pierce was commissioned in 1990 through the Air Force ROTC program at Southeast Missouri State University. Since completing pilot training in 1992, he has served in numerous operational, command and staff positions at the squadron, wing, and headquarters levels. He is married to the former Ellen “Corey” Daniels of Matthews, MO.
Prior to his current assignment, he was Vice Commander of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing, consisting of 1800 Airmen operating air mobility throughout the Pacific region. He has completed staff assignments at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff and Air Staff. Additionally, Col Pierce is a command pilot with over 4,300 hours in C-17, C-141 and T-37 aircraft.
1990 Bachelor of Science in Management, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
1996 Master of Science in Aviation Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Fla.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.
2004 Master of Arts in Military Operational Art, Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning & Strategy, National Defense University, Joint Force Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1. January 1991–January 1992, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 58th Flying Training Wing, Columbus Air Force Base (AFB), Miss.
2. February 1992–January 1995, C-141 Aircraft Commander and Squadron Executive Officer, 19th Airlift Squadron, 60th Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
3. February 1995–February 1998, Undergraduate Pilot Training T-37 Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot and Chief of Life Support, 8th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.
4. March 1998–May 2001, C-17 Evaluator Aircraft Commander; Flight Commander 15th Airlift Squadron and Wing Training Airlift Director, 437th Operational Support Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
5. June 2001–June 2003, C-17 Combat Crew Training School Instructor, Evaluator Aircraft Commander; Standardization/ Evaluation Flight Commander, 58th Airlift Squadron, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
6. July 2003–June 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 2004–February 2005, Deputy Chief, Military Assistants Division, Ceremonies Directorate, JTF-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Washington, D.C.
8. February 2005–February 2006, Chief, Global Mobility Collections, Office of Air Force Lessons Learned, Deputy Chief of Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters (HQ), United States Air Force (USAF), Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
9. February 2006–December 2006, Chief, Tracking and Exploitation Division of A9L, HQ USAF A9, Studies & Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. January 2007–July 2008, Chief of Safety, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
11. July 2008–July 2009, Director of Operations, 735th Air Mobility Squadron (AMC), Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
12. July 2009–July 2011, Commander, 735th Air Mobility Squadron (AMC), Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
13. July 2011–June 2012, Student, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Station, VA
14. June 2012–June 2014, Chief, Strategy Development Branch, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. as a colonel
15. June 2014–July 2016, Vice Commander, 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing (AMC), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
16. July 2016-Present, Commander, AFROTC Northeast Region, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,300
Aircraft flown: T-37, C-141B, and C-17A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 5, 1990
First Lieutenant Sep. 9, 1992
Captain Sep. 9, 1994
Major Oct. 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel Sep. 1, 2006
Colonel Feb. 1, 2012
OPERATION PARTICIPATED IN
RESTORE HOPE (Somalia); PROVIDE PROMISE (Bosnia); ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo); RESTORE DEMOCRACY (Haiti); NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH (Iraq); IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq); ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) as well as relief operations including Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, flood and conflict relief in Japan, Pakistan, Georgia, East Timor, Haiti, Indonesia, Philippines, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Turkey.
(Current as of April 2017)