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Colonel Tyler J. Ellison

Colonel Tyler Ellison is the Vice Commander, 1st Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. As Vice Commander, he ensures the wing is ready to deploy and employ F-22 air dominance fighters worldwide in support of Combatant Commander taskings. He assists the commander in leading the wing’s 1,700 personnel, two airfields, two groups, and six squadrons, including two F-22 fighter squadrons and a T-38 fighter training squadron.

Col. Ellison entered the Air Force in 2002 after receiving his commission from the United States Air Force Academy. He has served in multiple fighter squadrons, commanded at the squadron level and served at the MAJCOM and Combatant Command level. During his operational assignments, he has deployed in support of NATO operations, PACOM Theater Security Packages, operation SPARTAN SHIELD and has flown

Operation NOBLE EAGLE air sovereignty missions. Prior to serving as vice commander, Col. Ellison served as the Director, Combat Operations Division, 609th Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.




Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.


Masters of Business Administration, Trident University, Cypress, Calif.


Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)


Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.


Graduate Certificate Leadership and Ethics, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.



  1. August 2002 – April 2003, Student, Phase I/II Undergraduate pilot training, 479th Flying Training Group, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
  2. April 2003 – October 2003, Student, Phase III undergraduate pilot training class, 50th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
  3. April 2004 – July 2004, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 435th Fighter Training Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
  4. August 2004 – April 2005, Student, F-15C basic qualification course, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  5. April 2005 – February 2008, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
  6. February 2008 – February 2009, Chief of Plans and Exercises, 607th Air Support Operations Group, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
  7. July 2009 – June 2011, Weapons & Tactics Flight Commander, 525th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
  8. July 2011 – July 2012, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  9. November 2012 – November 2015, Operations Officer, United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  10. May 2016 – June 2017, Inspector General, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  11. June 2017 – July 2019, Commander, 325th Operations Support Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  12. June 2019 – June 2020, Student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  13. June 2020 – June 2021, Deputy Director, Central Command Legislative Affairs, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  14. June 2021 – June 2022, Director, Combat Operations Division, 609th Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
  15. July 2022 – Present, Vice Commander, 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va.


  1. June 2020 – June 2021, Deputy Director, United States Central Command Legislative Affairs, MacDill AFB, FL, as Lieutenant Colonel

  2. June 2021 – June 2022, Director, Combat Operations Division, 609th Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar, as Colonel



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 1,750

Aircraft flown: T-6, T-38A/C, F-15A/C/D, F-16C/D, F-22A



Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korean Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal



Second Lieutenant

29 May 2002

First Lieutenant

29 May 2004


29 May 2006


01 Apr 2012

Lieutenant Colonel

01 Jan 2016


01 May 2021


(Current as of August 2022)

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