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COLONEL JOHN W. "POGO" POGOREK

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Col. John W. Pogorek is the Commander, 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire Air National Guard. As the installation commander, the colonel is responsible for supervising the wing's air refueling, airlift and aero-medical evacuation missions that support U.S. and coalition contingency operations and the U.S. Strategic Command's strategic deterrence mission. The 157 ARW has both a federal mission to provide both rapid global mobility airpower and deploy expeditionary forces in support of worldwide combat, contingency and humanitarian requirements as well as a state mission to support the Governor of New Hampshire in disaster or domestic emergency response situations. The wing is unique as one of only three total force active associate air refueling wings in Air Mobility Command. 

Col. Pogorek received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Factors Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in May 1989.  In October 1989, he attended pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and received his first assignment flying Combat Search and Rescue in the HC-130 at Royal Air Force Woodbridge, then at RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom. He was assigned back to Laughlin AFB, Texas as an instructor and evaluator pilot in the T-1A Jayhawk. He joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard in January 1999 and transitioned to the KC-135R. 

During his career, Col. Pogorek has served in a myriad of roles, including KC-135R instructor and evaluator pilot, Squadron Director of Operations, 478th EOS Commander, 506th EARS Commander, and the 157th Maintenance Group Commander. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the commander of the 157th Operations Group, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1997 Master of Business Administration, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas
2005 Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, Texas
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2011 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2014 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Texas
2015 Safety/Accident Investigation Board President Course, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M

ASSIGNMENTS  
1. October 1989-October 1990, UNDERGRADUATE PILOT TRAINING, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. July 1991-Aprril 1992, COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE, HC-130 Pilot, 67th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Woodbridge, U.K.
3. April 1992-September 1994, COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE, HC-130 Aircraft Commander, 67th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Alconbury, U.K.
4. September 1994-October 1998, T-1A CHECK FLIGHT COMMANDER, 86th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
5. October 1998-Jan 1999, CHIEF OF STANDARD EVALUATION, T-1A, 47 Operations Group, Laughlin AFB, Texas
6. March 1999-Nov 2004, DIRECTOR OF MISSION DEVELOPMENT, KC-135R Instructor Pilot, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.
7. November 2004-October 2007, CHIEF PILOT, KC-135R Instructor / Standardization/Evaluation Pilot, Pease ANGB, N.H.
8. October 2007-October 2009, CHIEF OF STANDARDIZATION/EVALUATION, KC-135R Evaluator Pilot, Pease ANGB, N.H.
9. October 2009-October 2010, OPERATIONS OFFICER, 133rd Air Refueling Squadron, Pease ANGB, N.H.
10. October 2010-June 2011, DEPUTY COMMANDER, 157th Operations Group, Pease ANGB, N.H.
11. June 2011–October 2015, COMMANDER, 157th Maintenance Group, Pease ANGB, N.H.
12. October 2015–March 2018, COMMANDER, 157th Operations Group, Pease ANGB, N.H.
13. March 2018-Present, COMMANDER, 157th Air Refueling Wing, Pease ANGB, N.H.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 6,300+
Aircraft Flown: C-130E, HC130P/N, KC-135R, T-1A, T-37, T-38

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and silver and two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with silver and oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989
First Lieutenant May 31, 1991
Captain May 31, 1993
Major October 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 2007
Colonel Dec 11, 2014

(Current as of March 2018)