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COLONEL MICHAEL R. DENNIS


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Col. Michael Dennis is the Weather Division Chief, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Colonel Dennis was born July 18, 1966 in Fort Riley, Kan., and graduated from Hoke County High School, Raeford, N.C., in 1984. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1988, with a bachelor's degree in Meteorology. He completed Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1995. In 1998, Colonel Dennis completed his master's degree in Military History from American Military University. In 2001, he completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College in 2010.

Colonel Dennis was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 1988. He entered active duty at Dyess AFB, Texas in January 1989 and served as a Wing Weather Officer. From January 1991 until December 1993, Colonel Dennis was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., as the 75th Ranger Regiment's Staff Weather Officer. Following his assignment with the Rangers, he served as the Deputy Director of Environmental Services at Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

In June 1997, Colonel Dennis was assigned to Hurlburt Field, Fla, as Weather Flight Commander, 16th Operational Support Squadron until August 1999. He then served one year as the Wing Commander's Executive Officer, 16th Special Operations Wing. From June 2001 until July 2002, he was the Operations Officer of the 26th Operational Weather Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La. In July 2002, Colonel Dennis assumed command of 10th Combat Weather Squadron and in June 2004 he assumed command of 18th Weather Squadron.

From June 2006 until July 2008, he served as Deputy Group Command, 3d Air Support Operations Group, Fort Hood, Texas. He was then the Senior METOC Officer for U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., until July 2009.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He is authorized the Master Parachutist and Army Pathfinder Badges.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor's degree in meteorology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Master's degree in airpower history, American Military University
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Jan. 1989 - Dec. 1990, Wing Weather Officer, Dyess AFB, Texas
2. Jan. 1991 - Dec. 1993, Staff Weather Officer, Fort Benning, Ga.
3. Dec. 1993 - June 1997, Deputy Director Environmental Services, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
4. June 1997 - Aug. 1999, Weather Flight Commander, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. Aug. 1999 - Aug. 2000, Wing Executive Officer, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. Aug. 2000 - June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 2001 - July 2002, Operations Officer, 26th Operational Weather Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
8. July 2002 - June 2004, Commander, 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
9. June 2004 - June 2006, Commander, 18th Weather Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.
10. June 2006 - June 2008, Deputy Commander, 3d Air Support Operations Group, Fort Hood, Texas
11. June 2008 - July 2009, Senior METOC Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
12. July 2009 - June 2010, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 2010 - Present, Weather Division Chief, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one device
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device
Iraq Service Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and two devices
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device
Air Force Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 11, 1988
First Lieutenant Sept. 11, 1990
Captain Sept. 11, 1992
Major Jan. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 2005
Colonel May 1, 2010

(Current as of October 2010)




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