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COLONEL LAWRENCE L CHRISTENSEN

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Col. Lawrence Christensen is the Wing Commander of the 185th ARW, Iowa Air National Guard, Sioux City, Iowa. In this role, he is responsible for providing all-weather, in-flight, aerial refueling for the US & allied military aircraft, as well as Global Reach airlift for the rapid & precise projection of troops, equipment and supplies worldwide. Col. Christensen is a native of the Siouxland area, growing up in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Iowa State in 1987.

Col. Christensen started his career in 1986 as a drill status guardsman.He received his commission through the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson in 1987. Since graduating from undergraduate pilot training in 1988, he has been fully qualified in the A-7, F-16, and KC-135 aircraft. Col. Christensen has extensive deployment experience around the world in both the fighter and mobility aircraft. He has flown in combat zones, provided combat support & supported several aero-medical evacuation missions.

EDUCATION
1987 Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Iowa State University
1995 Squadron Officer School via correspondence
2002 Air Command and Staff College via correspondence
2006 Air War College via correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS
1.  1987 - 1988, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, TX
2.  1988-1989, A7D RTU, 162nd FTW, Tucson AZ
3.  1989 - 1992, A-7D pilot, 185th Fighter Wing, IA
4.  1992 - 1997, F-16C pilot, 185th Fighter Wing, IA
5.  1997 - 1998, F-16C pilot, Current Ops Officer, 185th Fighter Wing, IA
6.  1998 - 2001, F-16C pilot, Assistant Flight Commander, 185th FW, IA
7.  2001 - 2003, F-16C pilot, Operations Officer, 185th Fighter Wing, IA
8.  2003 - 2004, KC-135E pilot, Operations Officer, 185th ARW, IA
9.  2004 - 2005, KC-135E pilot, OSF Commander, 185th ARW, IA
10. 2005 - 2009, KC-135R pilot, Safety Officer, 185th Air Refueling Wing, IA
11. 2009 - 2012, KC-135R pilot, Maintenance Group CC, 185th ARW, IA
12. 2012 - 2014, Operations Group Commander, 185th Air Refueling Wing, IA
13. 2014 - Present, Wing Commander, 185th Air Refueling Wing, IA

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-7D, F-16C, KC-135E, KC-135R

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal with One Device with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one Silver and two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with One Device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one "M" Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
AF Training Ribbon

STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Iowa Commendation Medal
Iowa Leadership Ribbon With Torch
Iowa National Guard State Service Ribbon with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 1987
First Lieutenant December 1989
Captain December 1991
Major December 1997
Lieutenant Colonel  February 2003
Colonel June 2013

(Current as of May 2016)





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