Col. Gregory D. Buchanan is the Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. He leads 2,900 military and civilian personnel in three groups and 16 squadrons, providing strategic airlift with C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft, agile combat support, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities to project military power globally.  Additionally, Col. Buchanan is the installation commander for Air Force Reserve’s largest base. He supports 1,770 Airmen, sailors, marines, and civilians in 16 tenant units. 

Col. Buchanan received his commission in 1995 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Early in his career, Col. Buchanan served as an active-duty Naval Supply Officer. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 2000 and held multiple leadership and staff positions in Air Force special operations, tactical airlift, strategic airlift, and air refueling at all levels of command. In addition, Col. Buchanan completed a limited active-duty tour in the Air Force Special Operations Command where he served in a special operations squadron, deployed as a squadron commander; and served on the major command’s A3 staff as a Standardization and Evaluation pilot.

Prior to his current assignment, Col. Buchanan served as the commander of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, where he led more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel flying eight KC-135 tanker aircraft and provided nuclear deterrence, agile combat support and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. Col. Buchanan has deployed extensively in support of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. He is a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours, including more than 600 combat hours.

1995 Bachelor of Arts, diplomacy and foreign affairs, Miami University, Oxford, OH 2004 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2010 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2012 Master of Business Administration, Trident University International, Cypress, CA 2013 Air War College, by correspondence
2014 Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership, NeuroLeadership Institute, New York, N.Y. 
2016 Reserve Component National Security Course, Washington, D.C.
2016 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Norfolk, VA2018 Leadership Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Director of Mobility Forces, Hurlburt Field, FL
2021 Complexity Interactive, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2022 Nuclear Policy, Defense Nuclear Weapons School, Kirtland Air Force Base NM

1. June 1995 – March 1996, Aviation Preflight Indoctrination Support Officer and student, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL
2. April – November 1996, Student, Primary Flight Training, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, FL
3. November 1996 – June 1998, Student, Strike Flight Training, Naval Air Station Kingsville, TX
4. June 1998 – December 1998, Student, Basic Qualification Course, Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GA
5. December 1998 – October 2000, Disbursing Officer, USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), Naval Station San Diego, CA
6. October 2000 – May 2001, Student, Initial Flight Training, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL
7. May 2001 – June 2002, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, MS
8. July 2002 – October 2002, Student, C-130E Copilot Initial Qualification, Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
9. October 2002 – April 2003, MC-130P Pilot Mission Qualification, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
10. April 2003 – June 2008, MC-130P Aircraft Commander, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL
11. April 2004 – October 2004, Wing Scheduler, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL.
12. October 2004 – January 2006, Battlestaff Executive Officer, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
13. April 2006 – September 2006, Wing Programmer, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
14. October 2006 – June 2008, Chief of Training, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL
15. June 2008 – March 2011, Assistant Chief of Training, 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, FL
16. March 2011 – July 2013, Assistant Operations Officer, 9th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FA. (May 2012 – August 2012, Commander, 9th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan)
17. July 2013 – February 2014, Chief Standardization and Evaluation MC-130P Pilot, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
18. February 2014 – December 2015, Inspector General Director of Inspections, 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, FL
19. December 2015 – January 2017, Director of Operations, 758th Airlift Squadron, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, PA
20. January 2017 – July 2018, Commander, 758th Airlift Squadron, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, PA
21. July 2018 – December 2020, Commander, 911th Operations Group, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, PA
22. December 2020 – April 2023, Commander, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, MD
23. April 2023 – Present, Commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, MA

Rating:  Command Pilot
Flight Hours:  more than 4,600 hours (more than 600 combat hours)
Aircraft Flown:  T-34C, T-45A, T-37B, T-1A, C-130E, HC-130P, MC-130E, MC-130P, C-145, C-130H, C-17A, KC-135R

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Navy Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Gallant Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters Navy ‘E’ Ribbon
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
AF Longevity Service with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 4 ‘M’ devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
NATO Medal

Navy Ensign May 7, 1995
Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade May 7, 1997 
Navy Lieutenant June 1, 1999 
Air Force Captain Oct. 23, 2000
Major June 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 1, 2012
Colonel July 1, 2018

(Current as of April 2023)