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COLONEL DANIEL C. DIEHL

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Col Daniel C. Diehl is Commander, 7th Operations Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.  In this position, he commands Air Force Global Strike Command’s largest B-1 bomb group, a team of more than 450 Airmen, and oversight of an annual budget of $1.7M.  He is primarily responsible for organizing, training, and equipping his group to conduct combat operations, B-1 Formal Training, airfield operations, air traffic control, aircrew flight equipment, operations weather support, combat intelligence, crew communications, aviation resource management, electronic warfare and mission training.

Col Diehl received his commission as a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999. Following the Academy, Col Diehl earned his wings as the Top Flyer in his Undergraduate Pilot Training class. He then graduated as a Distinguished Graduate from both the B-1 Formal Training Unit and Weapons Instructor Course. Col Diehl has flown combat missions in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to assuming his current position, Col Diehl was an Air Force Fellow serving as a Research Fellow for RAND project Air Force at RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.

EDUCATION
1999      Bachelor of Science, Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
2006       Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2006       Masters in Business Administration, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
2009       Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2012       Master of Science, Operations Analysis, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2013       Master of Philosophy, Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
2014       Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
2014       Air War College, by correspondence
2019       Senior Development Education, Air Force Fellow, RAND Project Air Force, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

ASSIGNMENTS

1. Oct 1999 – Oct 2000, Student, SUPT, Columbus Air Force Base, MS
2. Nov 2000 – Jun 2001, Student, B-1B Initial Qual Course, Dyess AFB, TX
3. Jul 2001 – Oct 2006, B-1B Instructor Pilot, Chief of Training, Assistant Flight Commander,
Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer, Unit Deployment Manager, 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD
4. Nov 2006 – Dec 2006, B-1B Instructor Pilot, 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, TX
5. Jan 2007 – Jun 2007, Student, B-1B Division USAF Weapons School, Dyess AFB, TX       
6. Jul 2007 – Jun 2008, B-1B Instructor Pilot, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, TX
7. Jul 2008 – Apr 2011, B-1B Evaluator Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, Flight Commander, 77th Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Dyess AFB, TX
8. May 2011 – Jun 2012, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
9. Jul 2012 – Jun 2013, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
10. Jul 2013 – Jun 2014, Policy Analysis Officer, J-5, US Southern Command Headquarters, Doral, FL
11. Jul 2014 – Jan 2015, Chief, Policy Branch, J-5, US Southern Command Headquarters, Doral, FL
12. Feb 2015 – Jun 2015, Chief, Policy Division, J-5, US Southern Command Headquarters, Doral, FL
13. Jul 2015 – Feb 2016, Deputy Commander, 28th Operations Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD
14. Mar 2016 – Feb 2018, Commander, 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD|
15. Mar 2018 – Jun 2018, Deputy Commander, 28th Operations Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD
16. Jul 2018 – Jun 2019, Air Force Fellow, RAND Project Air Force, Santa Monica, CA
17. Jul 2019 – present, Commander, 7th Operations Group, Dyess AFB, Texas

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. Jul 2013 - Jun 2015, Policy Analysis Officer, Chief, Policy Branch, Chief, Policy Division, J-5, US Southern Command Headquarters, Doral, FL

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot and Basic Parachutist
Flight Hours: 2,500+
Combat Hours: 664
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, B-1B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Joint Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1999 Distinguished Graduate – United States Air Force Academy
2000 Top Flyer Award – Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
2001 Distinguished Graduate, Academic Excellence Award – B-1B Initial Qualification Course
2007 Outstanding Graduate, Academic Award, Flying Award – B-1B Division USAF Weapons School
2012 Mervin E. Gross Award – Air Force Institute of Technology

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1999
First Lieutenant June 2, 2001
Captain June 2, 2003
Major November 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2014
Colonel March 1, 2019

(Current as of July 2019)