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COLONEL MICHAEL W. BANK JR.

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Colonel Michael W. Bank, Jr., commands the 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski ANGB, NY.  The 106th Rescue Wing consists of four groups with over 1,000 military and civilian personnel.  The wing operates HC-130 Hercules tanker aircraft and HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters supporting Air Force Personnel Recovery operations, performs civil search and rescue missions as directed and assists state emergency response and disaster relief as directed by the Governor of New York.  Colonel Bank also serves as the Commander of the military Joint Task Forces for the Long Island region available to support civil authorities when activated upon order from the Joint Forces Headquarters, NY.

Colonel Bank attended Florida Ag & Mech University and received a Bachelor of Computer and Information Systems degree. He entered the four-year ROTC program at Florida State University in 1984 and received his commission May 2, 1988. From 1990 to 1994, Colonel Bank was an Instructor Navigator assigned to the 644th Bomb Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. He joined the New York Air National Guard at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in 1994 and has held numerous positions, including Chief of Wing Plans, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, 136th Air Squadron Commander, and Operations Group Commander. Colonel Bank is a former senior navigator in the B-52H and KC-135R with over 1,800 total flight hours and is currently a command pilot with over 5,000 total flight hours.

EDUCATION:
1988  Bachelor of Computer and Information Systems, Florida Ag & Mech University, Tallahassee, FL
1996  Squadron Officer School, In-Residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2002  Air Command Staff College
2006  Air War College
2014  Joint and Combined Warfighting School, In-Residence, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA                                   

ASSIGNMENTS:
1.  Apr90 - Sep94, Navigator at 644th Bomb Squadron at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base
2.  Sep94 - Nov99, Navigator at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
3.  Nov99 - Jun00, Co-pilot 
4.  Jun00 - Jun05, Chief of Wing Plans
5.  Jun05 - Oct06, 107th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander
6.  Oct06 - Sep08, 136th Air Squadron Operations Officer
7.  Sep08 - Jan13, 107th Operations Group Air Operations Officer & 136th Air Squadron Commander
8.  Jan13 - Jan15, 107th Operations Group Commander
9.  Jan15 - Apr16 107th Airlift Wing Vice Commander
10. Apr16 - Present 106th Rescue Wing Commander, F.S. Gabreski ANGB, NY
FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Command Pilot - 2014, Senior Navigator - 1989
Flight Hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-1, B-52, KC-135R, C-130H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Devices
Air Force Air Medal, 1 Device
Air Force Commendation Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device
Combat Readiness Medal, 9 Devices
National Defense Service Medal, 1 Device
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, 2 Devices
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, 2 Devices
Air Force Longevity Service, 5 Devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 1 'M' Device
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO medal
Mississippi Emergency Service Medal
New York Long and Faithful Service Award, 4 Devices
Defense of Liberty Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant 15 July 1988
First Lieutenant  15 July 1990
Captain   15 July 1992
Major   21 March 1997
Lieutenant Colonel  21 January 2003
Colonel   24 January 2013 
(Current as of May 2016)