Colonel Charles D. Throckmorton IV

Colonel Charles D. Throckmorton IV is the Commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Okla. He leads a wing of over 2,700 personnel conducting specialized undergraduate pilot training for more than 300 U.S. Air Force and Allied student pilots each year. The wing operates a fleet of over 185 aircraft, flies more than 55,000 sorties and logs over 80,000 flying hours each year. He is also responsible for executing $550 million in flying and base operations contracts.

Colonel Throckmorton was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was commissioned in 2000 as a graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Georgia. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base in 2002 and has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, group, wing, and headquarters level to include commanding the 9th Airlift Squadron and as the Deputy Operations Group Commander at Dover Air Force Base. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Throckmorton served as the 60th Operations Group Commander, Travis Air Force Base, California. Colonel Throckmorton is a command pilot with more than 2,500 hours supporting operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn.



2000 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Georgia

2000 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.

2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.

2007 Master of Science in Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2014 Air War College, by correspondence

2014 Certificate in Legislative Studies, Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute

2014 Capitol Hill Fellowship

2019 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with a concentration in Supply Chain Management, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy



1.  July 2000–June 2001, Mobility Officer, Robins AFB, Ga.

2.  July 2001–August 2002, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.

3.  September 2002–June 2005, Scheduler, Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer, Chief of Training, Executive Officer and C-21 Instructor Aircraft Commander, Offutt AFB, Neb.

4.  July 2005–August 2009, Flight Commander, Chief of Squadron Safety, Wing Flight Safety Officer, Chief of Wing Flight Safety, Chief of Pilot Training and C-5 Instructor Aircraft Commander, Dover AFB, Del.

5.  September 2009–June 2012, Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander Air Mobility Command, Special Action Officer Commander’s Action Group, Executive Officer to Director of Operations, and Chief of Airlift Training Branch, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

6.  June 2012–December 2014, Legislative Fellow, Washington, D.C.

7.  April 2015–July 2016; Operations Officer, 436th Operations Support Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.

8.  July 2016–January 2018, Commander, 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.

9.  January 2018–June 2018, Deputy Commander, 436th Operations Group, Dover AFB, Del.

10.  June 2018–June 2019, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

11.  June 2019–August 2020, Chief of House Congressional Affairs, U.S. European Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

12.  August 2020–July 2021, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of Detainee Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

13.  July 2021–July 2023, Commander, 60th Operations Group, Travis AFB, Calif.

14.  July 2023--Present, Commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 2,500

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-1, C-21A, C-5A/B/C/M, KC-10, C-17



Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster

National Defensive Service Medal

Iraqi Campaign Medal with oak leaf cluster

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal with gold border



Second Lieutenant June 18, 2000

First Lieutenant June 18, 2002

Captain June 18, 2004

Major June 1, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 2015

Colonel January 1, 2021


(Current as of June 2024)