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COL JAMES S. LOTT JR.

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Colonel James S. Lott, Jr. is the Vice Commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, Charlotte, North Carolina. He assists the Commander with the formulation, presentation and execution of an allocated multi-million-dollar budget involving several major force elements and state funds. Through subordinate commanders he assists in the planning organization, direction and control of the flying mission, maintenance and protection of assigned C130H aircraft along with acquisition, construction and maintenance of real property. He is responsible for the recruitment, training, supply and care of assigned personnel.



Colonel Lott was commissioned through the United States Air Force Officers Training School in 1981, and attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base, California. He was assigned as a navigator to the 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. Colonel Lott joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in 1987. Since joining the North Carolina Air National Guard, he has served in various key staff and command positions. He served as an operations officer and a commander for Expeditionary Airlift Squadrons during Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a Master Navigator with more than 7,400 flying hours.


EDUCATION:

1979 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina
1985 Squadron Officer School
1993 Air Command and Staff College
2000 Air War College

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. August 1981 - July 1982, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather AFB, CA.
2. July 1982 - March 1986, Instructor Navigator, 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Pope AFB, NC.
3. March 1986 - March 1987, Evaluator Navigator, 317th Tactical Airlift Wing, Pope AFB, NC.
4. March 1987 - September 2002, Instructor, Evaluator, and Chief Navigator,
i. 156th Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, NC.
5. September 2002 - May 2003, Commander, 145th Operations Support Flight, Charlotte, NC.
6. May 2003 - May 2004, Operations Officer, 156th Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, NC.
7. June 2004 - June 2006, Commander, 156th Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, NC.
8. June 2006 - June 2008, Commander, 145th Operations Group, Charlotte, NC.
9. June 2008 - Present, Vice Commander, 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, NC.

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: 7400+
Aircraft flown: T-43, C-130B, C-130E, C-130H3

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with three service stars
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three M devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Florida Meritorious Service Medal
North Carolina National Guard Achievement Medal
North Carolina National Guard State Service Ribbon with two devices
North Carolina National Guard State Active Duty Award with device

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant February 4, 1981
First Lieutenant February 4, 1983
Captain February 4, 1985
Major August 5, 1990
Lieutenant Colonel August 9, 1998
Colonel August 2, 2006



(Biography current as of August 2008)






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