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Colonel James R. Devere


Col. James R. DeVere is the Commander of the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado The wing is comprised of more than 1,300 Air Force Reserve members and is equipped with eight C-130H3 aircraft. The wing trains and employs the C-130 Hercules globally on medium range airlift, tactical airland and airdrop, Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, and Aeromedical Evacuation missions.

Colonel DeVere was commissioned through Officer Training School. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1991 at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. In 1995, Colonel DeVere became an Air Reserve Technician at Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania He has deployed in support of Operations Volant Oak, Restore Hope, Coronet Oak, Uphold Democracy, Provide Comfort II, Noble Eagle, Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel DeVere has served more than 26 years in the Air Force Reserve as an instructor pilot, evaluator pilot, director of operations, deputy operations group commander and commander.


1986 Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Space Science, East Stroudsburg University, Pa.

1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2011 Air War College, by correspondence

2014 Master of Arts degree in Military Studies, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.



1. May 1990 - May1991, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.

2. June 1991 - June 1995, C-130E pilot, 327th Airlift Squadron, Willow Grove, Pa.

3. June 1995 - March 1998, C-130E instructor pilot, scheduler and flight training officer, 327th Airlift Squadron, Willow Grove, Pa.

4. March 1998 – January 2001, C-130E instructor pilot, Chief of Current Operations, 913th Operations Group, Willow Grove, Pa.

5. January 2001 – May 2004, Chief of Safety, 913th Airlift Wing, Willow Grove, Pa.

6. May 2004 - January 2007, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 913th Operations Group, Willow Grove, Pa.

7. January 2007 - April 2009, Director of Operations, 731st Airlift Squadron, Peterson, AFB, Colo.

8. April 2009 - July 2013, Deputy Commander, 302nd Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colo.

9. Aug 2013 - April 2016, Commander, 94th Operations Group, Dobbins ARB, Ga.

10. April 2016 - present, Commander, 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.



Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 5,900

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, C-130E/H2/H3



Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and three oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star

Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and oak leaf cluster

AF Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with four 'M' Devices and hourglass

AF Training Ribbon


Second Lieutenant April, 24 1990

First Lieutenant October 5, 1992

Captain August 10, 1995

Major May 11, 2001

Lieutenant Colonel August 4, 2007

Colonel March 12, 2014

(Current as of April 2016)