Colonel Kenneth R. Council, Jr., is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 618th AOC (TACC) is responsible for operational planning, scheduling, directing and assessing a fleet of approximately 1,100 aircraft in support of combat delivery, strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical operations around the world.
Col Council entered the Air Force in 1989 as a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned his pilot wings in 1990. His operational assignments include duty as a C-141 Aircraft Commander, C-17 Instructor pilot and C-17 Evaluator. Col. Council has served as the Operations Officer of an Airlift Squadron and commanded an Operations Group. His staff duties include Deputy Chief, Tactics and Training Division, Intelligence, Air, Space and Information Operations Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., where he was responsible for tactics and training oversight for the Air Force Reserve Command’s 62 aviation units. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Council served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
The colonel is a command pilot with more than 5,000 military and 2,000 civilian flying hours. He is one of the elite initial cadre pilots selected to stand up the C-17A Globemaster III program. He has participated in almost every major military operation since 1990 including Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
1989 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Fla.
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (Correspondence)
2008 Master of Science, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Fla.
2009 Reserve Component National Securities Course, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2011 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1.November 1989 – November 1990, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2.March 1991 – June 1994, Aircraft Commander, Tactics Officer (airdrop, airland), 18th Airlift Squadron, McGuire AFB,
3.June 1994 – October 1996, Instructor Pilot, C-17A Initial Cadre, Chief of Safety, 17th and 14th Airlift Squadrons,
Charleston AFB, S.C.
4.October 1996 – November 1998, C-17A Combat Crew Training System Evaluator Pilot, C-17A Schoolhouse, Pilot
Scheduler, Executive Officer, 58th Airlift Squadron, Altus AFB, Okla.
5.November 1998 – August 2005, Instructor Aircraft Commander, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
6.June 2004 – February 2005, Executive Officer, HQ AFRC Crisis Action Team, Robins AFB, Ga.
COLONEL KENNETH R. COUNCIL, JR.
7.February 2005 – August 2005, Executive Officer, HQ AFRC/A3, Robins AFB, Ga.
8.August 2005 – November 2007, Chief, Simulation Operations and Integration, HQ AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga.
9.November 2007 - February 2009, Chief, Airlift Tactics and Training Branch, HQ AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga.
10.February 2009 – June 2010, Deputy Chief, Tactics and Training Division, HQ AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga.
11.June 2010 – July 2011, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12.July 2011 – July 2012, Operations Officer, 89th Airlift Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13.August 2012 – May 2013, Commander, 445th Operations Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14.May 2013 – June 2015, Director, Joint Exercise Control Group, USPACOM/J7 Directorate, Camp Smith, Hawaii
15.June 2015 – August 2017, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.
16.August 2017 – Present, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 618th Air Operations Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1.May 2013 – June 2015, Director, Joint Exercise Control Group, USPACOM/J7 Directorate, Camp Smith, Hawaii, asa colonel
2.March 2014 – October 2014, Chief of Operations, Joint Operations Center, USCENTCOM/J3 Directorate, MacDillAFB, Fla., as a colonel
FLIGHT INFORMATION Rating: command pilot Flight Hours: more than 5,000 Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, C-141B, C-17A MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Medal Aerial Achievement Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster Joint Meritorious Unit Award Combat Readiness Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two bronze stars Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star Kosovo Campaign Medal with one bronze star Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal with two bronze stars Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS Reserve Officers Association Airlift/Tanker Association Air Line Pilots Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Oct. 6, 1989
First Lieutenant Oct. 6, 1991
Captain Oct. 6, 1993
Major Oct. 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 2, 2007
Colonel Aug.17, 2012
(Current as of January 2018)