November 19 - 21, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn San Antonio, Live Oak, TX

Lt. Col Eric Bissonette

Commander, 558 Flying Training Squadron US Air Force

Lt Col Eric M. Bissonette is the Commander, 558th Flying Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The 558th FTS hosts the Air Force's only undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training programs for pilots and sensor operators.


Lt Col Bissonette entered the Air Force in June 2000 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been assigned to numerous operational and training positions in the T-37, T-38 and B-1, and served as a wing director of staff and wing executive officer. Lt Col Bissonette is a command pilot with more than 2,300 flying hours

and has led combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi

Freedom and Enduring Freedom.



2000 Bachelor of Science degree, United States Air Force

Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

2001 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2008 Masters of Business Administration, TUI University, Calif.

2010 Aviation Safety Program Management Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

2010 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

2013 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2014 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.



1. June 2000 – March 2001, wing programmer, Cannon AFB, N.M.

2. March 2001 – June 2002, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.

3. August 2002 – November 2002, student, T-37 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas

4. December 2002 – September 2005, T-37 instructor pilot, flight scheduler, assistant flight commander, Phase 1 flight commander, Vance AFB, Okla.

5. September 2005 – September 2008, B-1 aircraft commander, flight commander, Squadron Safety Officer, Dyess AFB, Texas

6. January 2009 – April 2009, student, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas

7. May 2009 – April 2013, T-38 evaluator/instructor, wing director of staff, wing executive officer, squadron assistant director of operations, squadron safety officer, Laughlin AFB, Texas

8. July 2013 – June 2014, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

9. July 2014 – November 2014, Deputy Commander Detachment 4, Air Combat Command, JB Langley- Eustis, Va.

10. November 2014 June 2015, Chief of Rated Officer Management, A1, Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.

11. June 2015 – June 2016, Career Development Branch Chief, A1, Air Combat Command, JB Langley

Eustis, Va.

12. January 2017 – January 2018, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training Instructor, wing director of staff, JB San

Antonio-Randolph, Texas

13. March 2018 – present, Commander, 558th Flying Training Squadron, JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas



Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: more than 2,300

Aircraft flown: B-1, T-38, and T-37


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal



Second Lieutenant June 1, 2000

First Lieutenant June 1, 2002

Captain June 1, 2004

Major March 1, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2015 

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