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Colonel Christopher J. Zuhlke


Colonel Christopher J. Zuhlke is the Commander, Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.  The NTTR supports advanced composite force training, tactics development and electronic combat testing for the Department of Defense.  He oversees 2.9 million acres of ranges and 12,000 square miles of airspace that make up the NTTR complex. He is responsible for the planning and oversight of the United States' largest and most sophisticated instrumented battle space for testing and training U.S. military and coalition air forces. 

Colonel Zuhlke entered the Air Force in May 1995 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. His assignments include operational tours at RAF Lakenheath and Mountain Home AFB and instructional tours in the F-15E Formal Training Unit at Seymour Johnson AFB and the USAF Weapons School at Nellis AFB.  He also served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, instructing at the Australian F/A-18 FTU and Fighter Weapons School.  Colonel Zuhlke twice commanded at the squadron level and served in a staff position as the Deputy Chief, Airspace, Ranges, and Airfield Operations Division, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.  He is a Command Pilot with over 3000 flying hours, primarily in the F-15E Strike Eagle, and has participated in combat operations in Iraq, Serbia/Kosovo and Afghanistan.



-  Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

-  NATO Tactical Leadership Program, Florennes, Belgium

-  F-15E Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada

-  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

-  Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

-  Master of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida

-  Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra, Australia, with distinction

-  Graduate Diploma in Defense Planning and Policy, University of New South Wales, Australia

-  Air War College, by correspondence




  1. May 95 Mar 96, graduate assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, USAF Academy, Colorado

  2. Apr 96 Jun 97, student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Oklahoma.

  3. Jul 97 Apr 98, student, F-15E, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.

  4. May 98 Apr 01, F-15E Instructor Pilot (IP), Mission Commander; Squadron Chief of Training; Assistant Chief of Weapons and Tactics; 492nd FS, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

  5. May 01 Dec 01, F-15E Formal Training Unit IP, Squadron Programmer, 333rd FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.

  6. Jan 01 Jun 01, Student, F-15E Weapons Instructor Course, United States Air Force Weapons School (USAFWS), Nellis AFB, Nevada.

  7. Jul 02 May 03, F-15E FTU IP and Flight Examiner; Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 334th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.

  8. Jun 03 May 06, F-15E WIC IP and FE; Assistant Director of Operations; Assistant Chief Wing Standardization and Evaluation; Flight Commander, USAFWS, Nellis AFB, Nevada.

  9. Jun 06 Dec 08, USAF Exchange Officer, F/A-18 IP, RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia.

  10. Jan 09 Dec 09, student, Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra, Australia.

  11. Mar 10 Dec 10, Wing Weapons and Tactics Flight Commander, 366th Operations Support Squadron (OSS), Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

  12. Dec 10 Jul 11, Director of Operations, 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Bagram AB, Afghanistan.

  13. Jul 2011 Jun 2013, Director of Operations, 366th Operations Support Squadron; Fighter Wing Director of Staff, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

  14. Jun 13 Jun 14, Commander, 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, AFCENT

  15. Aug 14 Jun 16, Deputy Chief, Airspace, Ranges, & Airfield Operations Division, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

  16. Jun 16 Jul 17, Commander, 561st Joint Tactics Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada.

  17. Aug 17 – present, Commander, Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis AFB, Nevada.



    Rating: Command Pilot

    Flight Hours: More than 3,000

    Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15E, F-15SG, F/A-18



    Bronze Star

    Meritorious Service Medal  

    Air Medal

    Aerial Achievement Medal

    Air Force Commendation Medal

    Air Force Achievement Medal

    Meritorious Unit Award



    Second Lieutenant - May 31, 1995

    First Lieutenant - May 31, 1997

    Captain - May 31, 1999

    Major - September 1, 2005

    Lieutenant Colonel - July 1, 2010                                                              Colonel - October 1, 2016