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Col Carol J. Kohtz is Commander of the 149th Fighter Wing, Air National

Guard, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The

149th Fighter Wing is home to the 149th Maintenance Group, 149th

Operations Group, 149th Mission Support Group and the 149th Medical

Group. In addition, the 149th Fighter Wing has five geographically

separated units: Headquarters Texas Air National Guard, 203rd Ground

Combat Training Squadron, 204th Security Forces Squadron, 209th

Weather Flight and the 273rd Cyber Operations Squadron. The Wing is

composed of more than a thousand Air National Guard members and is

responsible for providing fully trained F-16 pilots, battlefield airmen and

cyber personnel to warfighting commands.

A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Col Kohtz was commissioned

at the Academy of Military Science in 2002. She served in

numerous operational assignments including as squadron commander,

Director of Operations for Operation NOBLE EAGLE, Chief of Safety, and

expeditionary maintenance group commander. She has also led in

a variety of headquarters staff positions, including as DoD lead for

FEMA National Disaster Response, and as team lead of the Chairman of

the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s COVID Response and Crisis Management

operations. Prior to her current assignment, the Colonel was Division

Chief for NORAD Operations, Headquarters North American Aerospace

Defense Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.

Col Kohtz has served in various worldwide combat and contingency operations as a pilot in the F-15C and F-16, and is also a

certified aircraft maintenance officer. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University,

Washington, D.C. in 2016, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University in 2019, and

is a joint qualified officer. Col Kohtz is a command pilot with more than 1,500 flying hours, including 168 combat hours.


1999 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

2002 Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, Tenn.

2007 USAF Mishap Investigation / Flight Safety Officer Course, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

2012 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2013 USAF Planning Programming Budgeting & Execution Course, Defense Acquisition University, Pentagon City, Va.

2013 Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2014 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C.

2016 Master of Business Administration, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

2016 ANG Squadron Commanders Course, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

2016 Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2018 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Ft. Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C.

2022 ANG Commanders Leadership Course, Temple Army Readiness Center, Arlington, Va.


1. March 2002 - April 2003, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.

2. July 2003 - September 2003, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Moody AFB, Ga.

3. October 2003 - July 2004, Student, F-16 Initial Qualification, Luke AFB, Ariz.


4. July 2004 - October 2008, F-16 Flight Lead, 186th Fighter Squadron, Great Falls International Airport, Mont. (May – June

2006, F-16 Pilot, 186th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Korea) (February – March 2007, F-16 Pilot, 107th

EFS, Balad AB, Iraq) (April – May 2008, F-16 Pilot, 186th EFS, Balad AB, Iraq)

5. October 2008 - March 2009, F-15C Transition Course, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

6. March 2009 - July 2010, F-15C Flight Lead, 186th Fighter Squadron, Great Falls International Airport, Mont.

7. July 2010 - July 2012, F-15C Director of Operations, Det-1, 120th Fighter Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

8. July 2012 - September 2014, F-15C, F-22 Functional Area Manager, Combat Operations Division, Air National Guard

Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

9. October 2013 - July 2014, Action Officer, Total Force Continuum, HAF/A8 Strategy Division, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

10. September 2014 - March 2015, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base

Andrews, Md.

11. March 2015 - December 2015, Strategic Analyst, NGB/A8 Strategy and Analysis Division, Air National Guard Readiness

Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md. (May - June 2015, F-15C Pilot, 159th EFS, Graf Ignatievo AB, Bulgaria)

12. December 2015 - September 2016, F-15 and F-22 Program Element Monitor, NGB/A8 Programs Division, Air National

Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

13. October 2016 - July 2018, Commander, 173d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kingsley Field, Ore. (March 2018,

Expeditionary Maintenance Group Commander, Ex NORTHERN EDGE, Eielson AFB, Alaska)

14. August 2018 - June 2019, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

15. June 2019 - July 2020, Joint Staff Liaison to FEMA, J35 Regional Ops Officer, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

16. Aug 2020 - Aug 2022, Chief, Domain Awareness Division, Operations Directorate, NORAD, Peterson SFB, Colo.

17. September 2022 - Present, Director of ANG Safety, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.


1. June 2019 - July 2020, Regional Operations Officer and FEMA Liaison (J3), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.,

as a lieutenant colonel

2. Aug 2020 - Sep 2022, Chief, Domain Awareness Division, Operations, NORAD, Peterson SFB, Colo., as a colonel


Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 1500

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16C/D, F-15C/D


Defense Superior Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters)

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit (with three oak leaf clusters)

Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal (with one oak leaf cluster)

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal


Second Lieutenant Feb. 23, 2002

First Lieutenant Feb. 22, 2004

Captain Feb. 22, 2006

Major May 2, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 22, 2015

Colonel Aug. 1, 2020