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COLONEL MARK E. KOECHLE


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Colonel Mark E. Koechle is the Commander of the 98th Range Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He oversees the nearly 3 million acres of ranges and 12,000 square miles of airspace that make up the Nellis Test and Training Range, and he is responsible for the planning and oversight of the United States' largest and most sophisticated instrumented battlespace for testing and training for U.S. military and coalition air forces. Before assuming his current position, he served as the commander of the 355th Operations Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

Colonel Koechle is a Command Pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours and more than 250 combat hours in the A-10.

EDUCATION
1983 Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical
Engineering, Purdue University, IN (Distinguished AFROTC
Graduate)
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL (Correspondence)
1991 Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1996 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
2003 Master of National Security Strategy and Strategic Studies, National War College, Fort McNair,
Washington D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Nov 1983 - Oct 1984 Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS
2. Oct 1984 - May 1985 Fighter Lead-in, Holloman AFB, NM, and A-10 Transition Training, Davis-Monthan
AFB, AZ
3. Jun 1985 - Jan 1989 A-10 pilot, squadron scheduler, instructor pilot, and flight examiner, 91st Tactical
Fighter Squadron, RAF Woodbridge, U. K.
4. Jan 1989 - Apr 1989 Student, USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, NV
5. May 1989 - Mar 1992 Squadron Weapons Officer, Flight Commander, 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron,
and Chief, Wing Stan Eval, 23d Fighter Wing, England AFB, LA
6. Mar 1992 - Jun 1995 A-10 Weapons School Instructor, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
7. Jun 1995 - Jun 1996 Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
8. Jul 1996 - Aug 1998 A-10 Training Officer, Program Manager, and Chief, Operations and Training
Branch, Headquarters United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
9. Aug 1998 - Jul 2002: Operations Officer, then Commander, 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
10. Aug 2002 - Jun 2003: Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. Jul 2003 - Jul 2005: Chief, Air Liaison Element, Allied Component Command AIR Ramstein (NATO),
Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany
12. Jul 2005 - Jun 2007: Commander, 355th Operations Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
13. Jul 2007 - Present: Commander, 98th Range Wing, Nellis AFB, NV

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: over 3700
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, A-10

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
1991 Anthony C. Shine USAF Fighter Pilot of the Year Award
Defense Superior Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant: September 19, 1983
First Lieutenant: October 15, 1985
Captain: October 15, 1987
Major: November 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel: September 1, 1998
Colonel: June 1, 2004 

(Current as of August 2007)





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