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COLONEL TRAVIS M. BOARD

Colonel Travis M. Board is the vice commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. He is responsible for providing worldwide airlift to meet Department of Defense, Department of State, and Presidential mobility requirements by supporting global reach and global engagement with outsized/oversized mobility needs in addition to direct delivery of time-critical theater deployment assets.

Colonel Board was commissioned a second lieutenant through Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Ala. in 2000. He earned his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, Miss., in 2001 and went on to complete C-5 Pilot Initial Qualification that same year. As a reservist, Colonel Board has been mobilized numerous times and remained on voluntary extended active orders to support Air Force and Air Force Reserve global operations. He has operated and commanded missions supporting Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Resolute Support, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Inherent Resolve in addition to many counter-drug missions, presidential support missions, UN Peacekeeping Missions, Special Assignment Airlift Missions, humanitarian missions, training missions, and operations supporting joint and foreign partners.

In his civilian capacity, Colonel Board is a pilot with a major airline where he flies the Embraer 190. He is also active in several civic organizations.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Board served as Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass. Colonel Board is a command pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight time in the C-5.  He was an instructor aircraft commander with nearly 200 combat and combat support sorties.

EDUCATION
1998 Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.
2000 Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Air University, correspondence program
2013 Explosives and Explosives Effects Course (Live Fire), Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J.
2015 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2020 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. October 1999-January 2000 Officer Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  2. March 2000-April 2001 Pilot Trainee, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss,
  3. July 2001-September 2001 C-5 Pilot Initial Qualification Course, Altus AFB, Okla.
  4. September 2001-June 2005 C-5 Pilot, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  5. July 2005-February 2015 C-5 Aircraft Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass. 
  6. April 2011-March 2017 E Flight Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  7. March 2017-July 2017 Wing Plans Officer, 439th Operations Support Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  8. February 2015-present C-5 Instructor/Aircraft Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  9. July 2017-June 2019 Commander, 439th Operations Support Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  10. June 2019-April 2021 Commander, 337th Airlift Squadron, Westover ARB, Mass.
  11. April 2021-present Vice Commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover ARB, Mass.
FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Total Flight hours: 5,400
Combat hours: More than 850
Aircraft flown: C-5 A/B/M, T-1A, T-37B, E-190
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with oak leaf cluster
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star device
Iraq Campaign Medal with five bronze star devices
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border/six oak leaf clusters
AF Longevity Service ribbon with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' Device and Hour Glass Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
 
ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Reserve Organization of America-Life Member (former Reserve Officers Association), American Legion
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant January 14, 2000
First Lieutenant January 14, 2002
Captain January 14, 2004
Major June 15, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel September 19, 2016
Colonel April 2021

 

(Current as of April 2021)

 

AF Senior LEadership

Secretary of the Air Force:
John P. Roth

Air Force Chief of Staff:
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force:
Chief Master Sgt. Joanne S. Bass