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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.
(Current as of April 2021)
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