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Col Gent Welsh is Commander, 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Washington.  In his position, Col Welsh leads an incredibly diverse workforce of over 1000 Airmen in Cyberspace, Intelligence, Air Support Operations, and Expeditionary Combat Support missions for the Air Force and Washington State.

 

Col Welsh began his military career by enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1988.  He transferred to the Air National Guard in 1992 and was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1994.  He has held a variety of positions in Air Support Operations and Combat Communications units, including command positions at the Squadron, Group, and Wing levels.  He is a residence graduate of the Air War College, and commanded the 242d Combat Communications Squadron, 252 Combat Communications Group, and served as the Chief Information Officer and J6 for the Washington National Guard.  Prior to his current position, Col Welsh served as the Chief of Staff for the Washington Military Department and Washington National Guard. 

 

EDUCATION

1995  Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Washington University, Cheney Wash

2001  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala by correspondence

2003  Master of Science, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash

2005  Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala by correspondence

2007  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala by correspondence

2014  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala

2014  Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala

 

ASSIGNMENTS

June 1988-March 1992:  Security Policeman, RAF Lakenheath, U.K. and Fairchild AFB, WA

March 1992-February 1994:  Intelligence Operations Specialist, 111th ASOC, Camp Murray, Wash

February 1994-December 1997:  Communications Operations Officer, 111th ASOC, Camp Murray, Wash

December 1997-May 2005:  Detachment Commander, 256th CBCS, Four Lakes, Wash (October 1999-December 1999, Plans and Implementation Flight Commander, 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia) (January 2001-February 2001, Contingency Plans Officer, HQ USAFE/A6, Ramstein AB, Germany) (October 2003-March 2004, Chief of Network Systems and Contingency Communications, HQ NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

May 2005-September 2008:  Commander, 242nd CBCS, Spokane International Airport ANG Base, Wash (May 2007-September 2007, Commander, 506th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Kirkuk Regional Air Base/Forward Operating Base Warrior, Iraq)

September 2008-December 2011:   Deputy Commander, 252nd Combat Communications Group, Camp Murray, Wash

December 2010-August 2011:  Commander (Interim), 252nd Combat Communications Group, Camp Murray, Wash

December 2011-June 2013:  Chief Information Officer/J6, Washington National Guard, Camp Murray, Wash

June 2013-May 2014:  Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala

May 2014-April 2017:  Chief of Staff, Washington National Guard, Camp Murray, Wash

September 2015-April 2017:  Vice Commander, 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Wash

April 2017-Present:  Commander, 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Wash

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant             February 1994

First Lieutenant                  February 1996

Captain                               February 1998

Major                                  February 2002

Lieutenant Colonel             March 2006

Colonel                               May 2013

 

 

(Current as of Oct 2018)