Colonel ANTHONY W. MCKEE

 

Colonel Anthony McKee is the interim Commander of the 14th Operations Group.  He served as the Commander, 43rd FTS and 43rd FTS Director of Operations for four years. Col. McKee has directed all aspects of operations for over 80 officers and enlisted personnel in support of the AETC/AFRC Associate Instructor Pilot Program.  He managed the execution of a $3.7M budget, 2,100 man days, and 12,000 participation periods for the 340th Flying Training Group's largest geographically separated unit, while maintaining T-1 IP flight currencies.

 

 

From 2000 until 2005, Colonel McKee flew the C-5 Galaxy at Travis Air Force Base in California.  In the C-5, he was qualified as an air refueling instructor pilot.  Prior to departing that first assignment, he served as Deputy Command Post Chief and flew numerous combat/combat support missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Freedom in Iraq.

 

Col. McKee returned to Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, to instruct in the T-1 Jayhawk in 2005, serving as T-1 Flight Commander and 48 FTS Assistant Director of Operations.  Upon separating from Active Duty in 2008, while awaiting his future Reserve appointment, he worked for the Columbus, Indiana city sanitation department.  Many months later, he began his reserve career at the 618th Air Operations Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

 

While at the 618th AOC, Col. McKee started his Reserve career as an Individual Mobilized Augmentee (IMA) and served as a Strategic Airlift Director from 2008-2010.  He then transitioned to a Traditional Reservist and fulfilled duties as a Global Airlift Duty Officer from 2010-2013 at Scott AFB, IL; while simultaneously flying the C-5 Galaxy as an Aircraft Commander at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.  In 2014, the opportunity presented itself to return to the T-1 at Columbus AFB and join the 43rd Flying Training Squadron as an AGR.  He is a command pilot with more than 5,800 military flying hours, including over 2800 hours in the T1.

 

Col. McKee is originally from Indiana.  He attended high school in Terre Haute. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1998 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona. Col. McKee attended pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1999 and served on active duty for 11 years prior to joining the Air Force Reserve.

 

 

EDUCATION


1998 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ.

2000 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS.

2006 Squadron Officer School

2011 Masters of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, AL
2011 Air Command and Staff College, In Correspondence, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2015 Advanced Instrument School, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

2022 Air War College, In Correspondence, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

 

ASSIGNMENTS

 

1. Feb 1999 – Sep 1999, Junior Executive Officer, 375th Operations Group, Scott AFB, IL

2. Sep 1999- Oct 2000, Student Pilot, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, MS

3. Mar 2001 – Feb 2005, C5 Instructor Aircraft Commander/Command Control Officer, 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, CA

4. Jun 2005 – Sep 2008, T1 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander/Assistant Operations Officer, 48th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS

5. Sep 2008 – Mar 2014, Strategic Airlift Director/ Global Operations Duty Officer, 618th Air Operations Center, Scott AFB, IL

6. Dec 2010 – Mar 2014, C5 Aircraft Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, MA

7. Mar 2014 – May 2018, T1 Instructor Pilot/ Flight Evaluator, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS

8. May 2018- Aug 2021, Assistant Operations Officer/Flight Evaluator/T1 Instructor Pilot, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS

9. Aug 2021- Apr 2022, Operations Officer/T1 Instructor Pilot, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS

10. Apr 2022 – Oct 2023, Commander, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS

11. Oct 2023 – Present, IMA to the 14th Operations Group Commander, Columbus AFB. MS

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 5,800 hours

Aircraft Flown: T-1, C-5, ER-190

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

 

2021 22nd AF Lance P. Sijan USAF Senior Leadership Award nominee

Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 Service Star

Air and Space Longevity Service Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Developmental Special Duty Ribbon

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 Hourglass

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air and Space Training Ribbon

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

 

Second Lieutenant – 16 Jan 1999

First Lieutenant – 16 Jan 2001

Captain – 16 Jan 2003

Major – 1 Sep 2008

Lieutenant Colonel – 21 May 2018

Colonel – 1 Nov 2023

 

(Current as of May 2024)