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Colonel Tony D. Bauernfeind is the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 27 SOW plans, prepares for and executes precision strike, specialized mobility and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of special operations forces. Additionally, the 27 SOW sustains a premier installation that supports operations, training and the base's 6,000 Air Commandos and their families. The 27 SOW is organized into 4 groups and 24 squadrons, and is equipped with 107 specialized aircraft, to include AC-130H, AC-130W, C-146A, CV-22, MC-130J, MQ-1, MQ-9, and PC-12 aircraft. The Air Commandos of the 27 SOW provide specialized airpower for operational commanders executing special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations, and information operations.

Colonel Bauernfeind earned his commission from the US Air Force Academy in 1991. Earning his wings in 1992, he has flown more than 3,400 hours as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot and evaluator pilot in the MC-130E and MC-130H aircraft. Colonel Bauernfeind has commanded special operations forces at the squadron, group and wing levels and served as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

1991 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, US Air Force Academy, CO
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2000 Master of Business Administration, Auburn University, AL
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2009 Military Fellow, RAND Corporation (Senior Developmental Education), Santa Monica, CA
2010 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2010 Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC
2013 Combined Forces Special Operations Component Commander Course, MacDill AFB, FL

1. July 1991 - August 1992, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS
2. September 1992 - July 1993, C-130 and MC-130E Combat Talon Initial Mission Qualification, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas and Hurlburt Field, FL
3. July 1993 - January 1997, MC-130E Aircraft Commander and MC-130H Instructor Pilot, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
4. January 1997 - January 1998, MC-130H Instructor Pilot, 550th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
5. January - August 1998, Student F-15 Pilot, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL
6. August 1998 - September 2001, MC-130H Instructor Pilot, Stan/Eval Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 15th Special Operations Squadron and Wing Executive Officer, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
7. September 2001 - June 2003, Chief, SOF/CSAR Branch, Global Mobility and Special Operations Capability Requirements Division, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, DC
(Current as of 26 July 2013)
8. July 2003 - July 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. July 2004 - June 2005, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
10. June - October 2005, Chief Special Warfare Division, HQ United States Air Force Doctrine Center, Maxwell AFB, AL
11. November 2005 - January 2006, MC-130H Requalification Training, Kirtland AFB, NM
12. January 2006 - May 2008, Commander & Operations Officer, 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
13. June 2008 - June 2009, Military Fellow, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
14. June 2009 - June 2011, Director of Staff and Special Assistant to the Director, DARPA, Arlington, VA
15. June 2011 - June 2013, Commander, 1st Special Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, FL
16. July 2013 - Present, Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, NM

1. August - December 2006, Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Detachment, Afghanistan
2. May - September 2007, Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Iraq/Afghanistan
3. June 2009 - June 2001, Director of Staff and Special Assistant to the Director, DARPA, Arlington, VA
4. May 2012 - January 2013, Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Afghanistan
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 3,400+
Aircraft Flown: MC-130H, MC-130E, C-130E, AC-130U, CV-22, PC-12, UH-1N, MQ-9

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War of Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
NATO Medal (Afghanistan)

Second Lieutenant 29 May 1991
First Lieutenant 29 May 1993
Captain 29 May 1995
Major 1 Mar 2002
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Mar 2006
Colonel 1 Oct 2009

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