Col Gary Dodge is the 145th Maintenance Group Commander, North Carolina Air National Guard, located at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina. Col Dodge provides leadership and management to a group of 278 Officers and Airmen consisting of the 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 145th Maintenance Squadron, and the 145th Maintenance Operations Flight. He is responsible for over 400 million dollars in aircraft and equipment, and oversees the day-to-day maintenance production for all flying activities for the 145th Airlift Wing.
Col Dodge began his Air Force career in 1987 in the Transportation Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. He was commissioned in 1995 from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He attended Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida and Randolph Air Force Base, Texas before serving his initial assignment with the 773rd Airlift Squadron, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. Col Dodge joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in March 2014. He has participated in multiple Operations including Joint Forge, Coronet Oak, Deep Freeze, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Freedom Sentinel, Iraqi Freedom, and Pacific Angel while logging more than 4200 hours in the C-130H.
His notable deployed assignments include Director of Operations and Commander 38th EAS, Operation Joint Forge; Director of Operations 746th EAS, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; PACAF Mission Commander Pacific Angel Bangladesh and Nepal; and Commander, 737th EAS, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.
1990 Allan Hancock College, Associate Arts, Liberal Arts, California
1990 Community College of the Air Force, Logistics Management, Alabama
1991 University of LaVerne, Bachelor of Science, Business Management, California 1995 Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2004 Troy University, Master of Science, International Relations, Troy, Alabama, by correspondence
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Online Masters Program, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 2015 Air War College, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee, by seminar
1. August 1987 - August 1991, 4392nd Transportation Squadron, Vehicle Operations, Vandenberg AFB, California
2. September 1991 – August 1995, Vehicle Operations, 910th Transportation Squadron, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
3. August 1995 - December 2006, Navigator, C-130H2, 773rd Airlift Squadron, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
4. January 2007 – July 2010, Flight Commander, Instructor Navigator C-130H2, 773rd Airlift Squadron, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
5. August 2010 – December 2010, Commander Delta Operations, 38th EAS, Ramstein AB, Germany
6. January 2010 – April 2011, Chief Navigator/Assistant Director of Operations, 757th Airlift Squadron, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
7. May 2011 – February 2012, Commander, 910th Operations Support Squadron, Youngstown ARS, Ohio
8. March 2014 – January 2017, Chief Navigator 156th Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, North Carolina
9. February 2017 – August 2017, Commander, 145th Operations Support Squadron, Charlotte, North Carolina
10. September 2017 – December 2017, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 145th Operations Group, Charlotte, North Carolina.
11. January 2018 – March 2018, (Acting) Commander, 145th Operations Group, 145th Operations Group, Charlotte, North Carolina.
12. March 2018 -- present, Commander, 145th Maintenance Group, Charlotte, North Carolina
Rating: Instructor Navigator Flight Hours: More than 4200
Aircraft flown: T-34, T-43, T-1, C-130 H1/2/3
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Transportation Squadron Airman of the Year - 1988,1989,1990 Airman Leadership School - John Levitow Award - 1989 Vandenberg AFB Airman of the Quarter -1990
Flight MVP/Honors – Squadron Officer School - 2004 773rd Airlift Squadron Centurion - 2005
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one oak leaf cluster Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze stars Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant November 22, 1995
First Lieutenant Captain
Lieutenant Colonel Colonel
(Current as of 2 April 2018)