Col. Michael R. Drowley is the Commander of the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with 34 mission partners, more than 11,000 Airmen, 150 aircraft and $50 billion dollars in assets. He is responsible for organizing, training and equipping a wing comprised of 20 squadrons, two of which are fighter squadrons. The wing provides A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide. The 355th Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.
Colonel Drowley earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. He is a command pilot with more than 2,200 fighter hours in the A-10, including more than 200 combat hours. Colonel Drowley has commanded at the flight, squadron, and group levels. Additionally, he has served on the staffs of the Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Drowley served as Chief of Staff, Headquarters United States Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
1996 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
2001 Distinguished Graduate, USAF Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Academic, Flying, Distinguished Graduate Award, USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2008 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Master of Advanced Studies in Psychology-Counseling-Leadership, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
2011 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Master of Advanced Studies in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, National Defense University, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
1. September 1996 – July 1997, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, NAS Whiting Field, Fla.
2. July 1997 – February 1998, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. December 1998 – March 2000, Assistant Chief of Plans/Scheduling-Battalion Air Liaison Officer, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of South Korea
4. April 2000 – June 2002, Assistant Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Chief of Training, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
5. June 2002 – July 2004, Chief, Squadron Weapons and Tactics/Flight Commander, 75th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.
6. July 2004 – July 2005, Weapons School Instructor/Flight Commander, 66th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. July 2006 – May 2007, Chief of Fighter Standardization and Evaluation, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. May 2007 – May 2008, Student, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colo.
9. May 2008 – June 2009, Commander, Cadet Squadron 15, USAF Academy, Colo.
10. June 2009 – July 2010, Director, Commander’s Action Group, USAF Academy, Colo.
11. September 2010 – February 2011, Assistant Director of Operations 66th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
12. February 2011 – July 2012, Commander, 66th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
13. July 2012 – June 2014, Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School-National Defense University, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
14. June 2013 – May 2015, Senior Plans Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. May 2015 – June 2017, Commandant, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
16. July 2017 – June 2018, Chief of Staff, United States Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
17. June 2018 – Present, Commander, 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2013 – May 2015, Senior Plans Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
2. July 2017 – June 2018, Chief of Staff, United States Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,200
Aircraft flown: T-34, T-38, F-15E, F-16
Primary aircraft: A-10C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
USAFWS Robbie Risner Award 2003
Order of Daedalians USAF Exceptional Pilot Award 2003
Second Lieutenant, May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant, May 29, 1998
Captain, May 29, 2000
Major, May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel, Mar 1, 2010
Colonel, Oct 1, 2014