Colonel Mark H. Ustaszewski is the Commander of the 157th Operations Group, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. The 157th Operations Group is comprised of four squadrons; 157th Operations Support Squadron, 133rd Air Refueling Squadron, 64th Air Refueling Squadron (Active Duty Associate) and the 260th Air Traffic Control Squadron. The Operations Group performs air refueling, airlift and aeromedical evacuation missions supporting U.S. and coalition contingency operations and the U.S. Strategic Command's strategic deterrence mission. The 260th provides air traffic control at Pease Air National Guard Base and supports worldwide combat operations.
Colonel Ustaszewski graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in May 1987 receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He attended Undergraduate Pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi graduating in September 1988.
During his 30 plus years of service, Colonel Ustaszewski has flown numerous aircraft, including the T-37, T-38, T-1, KC-135A/R, KC-10, as well as the KC-46A and has served in a myriad of roles, including KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, T-38 Instructor Pilot, T-1 Instructor Pilot, KC-10 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Mission Development, and as Chief of Standardization/Evaluation. Prior to his current position, Colonel Ustaszewski served as Commander, 157th Operational Support Squadron, Pease ANGB, New Hampshire.
1987 Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
1988 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
1995 Squadron Officer’s School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Flight Safety Officer Formal Training Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2000 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2004 U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2005 Master of Aeronautical Sciences, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla., extended campus
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1. June 1983-July 1987, Student, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
2. July 1987-March 1989, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
3. March 1989-September 1993, KC-135 Pilot/Aircraft Commander, 42nd Air Refueling Squadron, Loring AFB, Maine
4. September 1993-July 1994, KC-135 Aircraft Commander/Scheduler, 380th Operational Support Squadron, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
5. July 1994-July 1996, T-38 Instructor Pilot, 50th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
6. July 1996-July 1998, T-1 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander, 48th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
7. July 1998-November 2002, KC-10 Instructor Pilot, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire AFB, N.J.
8. November 2002-July 2014, KC-10 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot/Chief of Safety, 514th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base MDL, N.J.
9. July 2014-April 2017, KC-135 Aircraft Commander/Chief of Mission Development, 157th Operational Support Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.
10. April 2017-October 2017, KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot/Chief of Standardization and Evaluations, 157th Operations Group, Pease ANGB, N.H.
11. October 2017-March 2018, KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot/Commander, 157th Operational Support Squadron, Pease ANGB, N.H.
12. March 2018-Present, Commander, 157th Operations Group, Pease ANGB, N.H.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,400
Aircraft flown: KC-10, KC-46, KC-135A/R, T-1, T-37, and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and eight oak leaf clusters
Combat readiness Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia service Medal with bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with 6 oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “X” device and 3 “M” devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1987
First Lieutenant May 27, 1989
Captain May 27, 1991
Major Dec. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 18, 2005
Colonel April 26, 2018
(Current as of Feb. 7, 2020)