Col. Michael T. Schultz is the Commander of the 442d Fighter Wing, 10th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., executing attack aircraft, aircraft maintenance, mission support and medical operations. He commands more than 1,300 unit reservists and is responsible for 24 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft while demonstrating Total Force Integration with the 358th Fighter Squadron, an active associate assigned to the 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command. He is additionally responsible for the geographically separated unit; the 476th Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga.
Colonel Schultz earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree and received his commission through ROTC from Angelo State University, Texas. He began his career as a missile launch officer in 1991, before being selected for Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1995 at Reese AFB, Texas. Colonel Schultz transitioned into the Air Force Reserve in 2006 after 14 years in the Regular Air Force. He served in various operations capacities at the squadron, group, and Headquarters Air Force levels, has flown combat missions in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM, and deployed to provide Theater Support for South Korea.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the commander of the 926th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev., a unit classically associated in Total Force Integration constructs throughout Air Combat Command and the United States Air Force Warfare Center, supporting their test, tactics and training missions, and conducting 24/7 combat operations for Air Forces in Europe, Africa Command, and Central Command theaters of operations.
1991 Bachelor of Business Administration, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
1998 Joint Firepower Control Course (Distinguished Graduate)
1999 Joint Air Operations Planning Course
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2014 Air War College, by correspondence
2016 Masters of Science in Leadership, Trident University
1. March 1992 – August 1992, Missile Combat Crew Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
2. August 1992 – December 1995, Missile Combat Crew, Deputy, Commander; Instructor, Evaluator, 446th Missile Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
3. December 1995 – January 1997, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB
4. January 1997 – May 1997, pipeline training, various locations
5. June 1997 – November 1998, A-10 Fighter Training Unit, 357th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. November 1998 – July 2000, A-10 Pilot, Scheduler, Chief Battalion Air Liaison Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB
7. July 2000 – June 2003, AT-38 Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Sheppard AFB, Texas
8. July 2003 – September 2003, A-10 Requalification, 47th Fighter Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
9. October 2003 – October 2004, A-10 Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
10. November 2004 – July 2006, A-10 Instructor Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB
11. August 2006 – August 2010, A-10 Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief of Scheduling, Evaluator, Chief of Group Standardization and Evaluation, 47th FS, Barksdale AFB
12. August 2010 – February 2014, Director of Operations, 76th FS, Moody AFB
13. February 2014 – September 2015, Deputy Division Chief Total Force Enterprise, HAF/A8XF, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. September 2015 – October 2017, Commander, 476th FG, Moody AFB
15. October 2017 – September 2019, Commander, 926th Wing, Nellis AFB
15. September 2019 – Present, Commander, 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,800 hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-10A, A-10 A+, A-10C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, Aug. 16, 1991
First Lieutenant, Feb. 23, 1993
Captain, Feb. 23, 1995
Major, Oct. 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel, Sept. 1, 2008
Colonel, Sept. 5, 2015
(Current as of Sept 2019)