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Colonel Kimberly A. Fitzgerald is the 178th Wing Vice Commander. As the vice commander, Fitzgerald assists the commander in executing the remotely piloted aircraft MQ-9 Reaper mission. In addition, the 178th Wing is responsible for the 178th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group missions, which involve close coordination with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 


Colonel Fitzgerald enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1993. She was first assigned as a supply technician at the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Kansas. In 1998, Colonel Fitzgerald received her commission through the Academy of Military Science and returned toKansas as a KC-135 Navigator. In 2001, she transferred to the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where she was selected as a KC-135 pilot. Colonel Fitzgerald transferred to the Arizona Air National Guard, 214th Reconnaissance Group in 2009, and retrained as an MQ-1 Predator pilot. Finally, she transferred to the 178th Wing, Ohio Air National Guard where she served as an MQ-1 evaluator and instructor pilot, the Mission Support Group Commander, and now the Wing’s Vice Commander.



1996     Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo.

2005     USAF Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2012     USAF Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2016     USAF Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence



1.      March 1998 – January 2000, student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training; Pensacola, Fla.; San Antonio, Texas; Altus, Okla.; Topeka, Kan.

2.      January 2000 – Jan. 2001, KC-135 Navigator, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Kan.

3.      January 2001 – March 2002, KC-135 Navigator, 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh IAP, Pa.

4.      March 2002 – July 2003, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training; Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas; Altus, Okla.; Pittsburgh, Pa

5.      July 2003 – June 2009, KC-135 Pilot, 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh IAP, Pa.; additional duties included Chief of Command Post and Alert Crew Manager

6.      June 2009 – November 2011, MQ-1 Instructor Pilot, 214th Reconnaissance Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; additional duties included Group Executive Officer

7.      November 2011 – October 2016, MQ-1 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot, 178th Wing, Springfield, Ohio; additional duties included OSS Special Projects Officer, OSS Current Operations Flight Chief, Wing Inspector General, Reconnaissance Squadron Director of Operations and Attack Squadron Commander

8.      October 2016 – November 2017, Mission Support Group Commander, 178th Wing, Springfield Ohio

9.      November 2017 - Present, Vice Commander, 178th Wing, Springfield, Ohio



Ratings: Command Pilot; Navigator

Hours:  MQ-1B Evaluator and Instructor Pilot – 2180 Hours

                                           KC135R/E/D Pilot – 1340

                                           KC135R/E/D Navigator – 802

Aircraft Flown: MQ-1B, KC-135R/E/D



Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

AF Longevity Service with two bronze oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass

Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one bronze service star

AF Training Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster



Second Lieutenant March 12, 1998

First Lieutenant:  March 12, 2000

Captain: March 12, 2002

Major: January 10, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel: December 2, 2014

Colonel: September 10, 2018


(Current as of October 2018)