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Colonel Gregory A. Krane

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Colonel Gregory A. Krane is the the Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group (AOG), Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.  He is responsible for the approximately 400 Title 32 Florida Guardsmen that staff and support the 601st Air Operations Center (AOC).  The 601 AOC plans, directs, and assesses air and space operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).  The AOC provides aerospace warning and control for NORAD Defensive Counter Air activities, as well as directing Air Force air and space capabilities in support of USNORTHCOM homeland security and civil support missions.  The 601 AOC fills the critical need to meet the challenge of directing all air sovereignty activities for the continental United States and is the new-age combat weapon system needed to fulfill that crucial defense role by remaining vigilant 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Colonel Krane was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in June 1996. He is a Senior Air Battle Manager with more than 1,000 hours of operational experience in the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and served as an evaluator and instructor Senior Director at the Southeast Air Defense Sector and a Mission Crew Commander at the Eastern Air Defense Sector.  He has also filled critical Weapons and Tactics positions at the Numbered Air Force, Group, and Squadron levels. Colonel Krane has served as Chief of Combat Operations; Chief, Strategy Division; Chief, Combat Operations Division; and Chief, Intelligence and Reconnaissance Division at the 601st Air Operations Center. Most recently, Colonel Krane served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region - First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), the headquarters responsible for employing air and space power forces for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command’s Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions.  He controlled and directed operational missions in several worldwide theaters to include combat and combat support missions in Operations NOBLE EAGLE, NORTHERN WATCH and ALLIED FORCE. 

 

EDUCATION

1996

Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Florida International University, Miami, Fla.

2003

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2005

2006

2010

United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)

Masters of Human Resource Management, Troy University, Troy, Ala.

2013

2015

Air War College (Correspondence)

National Security Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. Jul 1996 – Aug 1997, Student, Air Battle Manager Course, Tyndall AFB, FL.

2. Aug 1997 – Oct 1999, Air Battle Manager/Electronic Combat Officer, 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK.

3. Oct 1999 – Sep 2000, Instructor/Evaluator Electronic Combat Officer, 966d Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK.

4. Sep 2000 – Jul 2001, Chief, Standards/Evaluations, Electronic Combat Section, 552d Operations Group, Tinker AFB, OK.

5. Jul 2001 – Jun 2005, Instructor/Evaluator Air Battle Manager/Senior Director, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL.

6. Jun 2005 – Jun 2006, Chief, Weapons and Tactics, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL.

7. Jun 2006 – Aug 2010, Chief, Strategy Plans and Strategy Planner, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

8. Aug 2010 – Jun 2012, Chief, Current Operations, First Air Force, Tyndall AFB, FL.

9. Jun 2012 – Feb 2013, Deputy Chief, Combat Plans Division, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

10. Mar 2013 – Mar 2014, Deputy Chief, Strategy Division, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

11. Apr 2014 – Feb 2015, Deputy Chief, Combat Operations Division, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

12. Mar 2015 – Aug 2017, Chief, Combat Operations, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

13. Sep 2015 – Mar 2016, Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL.

14. Aug 2017 – Present, Deputy Chief of Staff, First Air Force, Tyndall AFB, FL

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Senior Air Battle Manager

Flight hours: More than 1,000 hours

Aircraft flown: E-3B/C

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Clusters)

Air Medal

 

Aerial Achievement Medal

 

Air Force Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)

 

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)

Combat Readiness Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)

National Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant         July 3, 1996

First Lieutenant              July 3, 1998

Captain                         July 3, 2000

Major                            August 5, 2004

Lieutenant Colonel         August 6, 2010

Colonel                         March 12, 2015

(Current as of March 2018)