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Colonel Richard C. Tanner is the Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, one of the Air Force’s three core tanker wings. The Wing’s fleet of KC-135 and KC-46 aircraft provides in-flight, all-weather, aerial refueling for U.S. and allied military aircraft and airlift for global reach projection of troops, equipment and supplies worldwide. Colonel Tanner commands more than 3,500 active duty Airmen supporting global contingency and conventional operations as well as U.S. Strategic Command's operational plans. The 22nd ARW is the host Wing for the Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command's 931st Air Refueling Wing.

Colonel Tanner received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1998, and after Undergraduate Pilot Training, he qualified in the C-17A Globemaster. He has served in various conventional and special operations positions, and has commanded operational and combat missions worldwide in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He served as the Commander of the 305th Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, where he led more than 385 Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers in the Air Force’s only tri-service Operations Support Squadron. In 2006, he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar to Osaka University, Japan, and has served in staff capacities as the Japan Country Director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Officer Development at HQ Air Mobility Command.

Before his current assignment, Colonel Tanner was the Vice Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

1998 Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Air Command and Staff College, in correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Master of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan
2009 Olmsted Scholar Program (IDE Equivalency)
2012 Air War College, in correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2017 Senior Defense Fellow, Harvard University
2019 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Norfolk, VA

1. August 1998 - November 1999, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS
2. March 2000 - June 2006, C-17 Evaluator Pilot, Group Executive Officer, Spec Ops Flight Commander,
Special Operations Planner, Charleston AFB, SC
3. June 2006 - June 2007, Student, Defense Language Institute, Washington, D.C.
4. July 2007 - July 2009, Olmsted Scholar, Osaka University, Japan
5. July 2009 - July 2010, Assistant Ops Officer, Deployed Det Chief, 21st AS, Travis AFB, CA
6. July 2010 - July 2011, Operations Officer, 60th Operations Support Sq, Travis AFB, CA
7. July 2011 - June 2013, Political-Military Planner, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, Pentagon,
Washington, D.C.
8. June 2013 - June 2015, Commander, 305th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-
Lakehurst, New Jersey
9. June 2015 - June 2016, Chief, Officer Development, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL
10. June 2016 - June 2017, Senior Defense Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
11. June 2017 - June 2019, Vice Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
12. June 2019 - Present, Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, KS

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 3400
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-1, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, HH-60

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal w/3OLC
Air Medal w/OLC
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal w/OLC
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1998
First Lieutenant May 27, 2000
Captain May 27, 2002
Major Oct 1, 2007
Lieutenant Colonel Oct 1, 2012
Colonel May 1, 2017

(Current as of June 2019)