Col. Michael T. Schultz is the Commander of the 442d Fighter Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit with headquarters at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. He is responsible for the combat readiness of approximately 1,300 Air Force reservists and 24 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at Whiteman AFB and a geographically separated unit; the 476th Fighter Group at 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. Col. 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 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., executing legacy 5th generation and remotely piloted aircraft, as well as space, cyber, aircraft maintenance, mission support, and medical operations. He commanded more than 1,500 unit reservists who are 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 operation.
1991 Bachelor of Science, 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, Leadership, Trident University, Cypress, Calif.
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 MissileSquadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
3.December 1995 – January 1997, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
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, Ariz.
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, Ariz.
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, La.
12. August 2010 – February 2014, Director of Operations, 76th FS, Moody AFB, Georgia
13. February 2014 – September 2015, Deputy Division Chief Total Force Enterprise, HAF/A8XF, Pentagon, Washington, D. C.
14. September 2015 – October 2017, Commander, 476th Fighter Group, Moody AFB, Ga.
15. October 2017 – September 2019, Commander, 926th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
16. September 2019 – Present, Commander, 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
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
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 December 2019)