COLONEL PETER J. GRYZEN

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Colonel Peter J. Gryzen is the commander of the 354th Maintenance Group, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska. The 354th Maintenance Group provides aircraft and munitions maintenance support to the 354th Fighter Wing's     F-16 aggressor aircraft as well as RED FLAG-Alaska, Pacific Air Forces' premier national and multinational large-force training exercise. Aircraft maintenance in Alaskan temperatures ranging from 90 degrees in the summer to -60 degrees in the winter can be demanding, but regardless of the conditions in this beautiful land of extremes, the men and women of the maintenance group prevail and "keep 'em flying."

 

Colonel Gryzen earned a bachelor of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is an aircraft maintenance officer with operational and test and development experience on A-10/C-130/E-3/F-15/F-16/HH-60/KC-135/UH-1N aircraft.  He served in a variety of positions at the squadron, group, numbered air force, direct reporting unit, and Headquarters United States Air Force levels.  He deployed in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM.  Prior to assuming his current position, he was a student at National War College.  He and his wife, Heidi, have two children.

 

EDUCATION
1997     Bachelor of Science Degree in Bio-Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

1997     Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2003     Squadron Officer School, In Residence (Distinguished Graduate)

2007     Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

2009     Master of Science Degree in Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command and Staff College,

             Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2013     Air War College, Correspondence

2017     Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, 

             Washington DC

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.         Jul 97 – Oct 97        Student, Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course,

                                            Sheppard AFB, Texas

2.         Oct 97 – Jun 98       Accessory Flight Commander, 46th Maintenance Squadron,

                                            Eglin AFB, Florida                                                         

3.         Jun 98 – Feb 09      Propulsion Flight Commander, 46th Maintenance Squadron,

                                            Eglin AFB, Florida                                                        

4.         Mar 99 – Jun 00      Sortie Generation OIC, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB,

                                            Florida

5.         Jun 00 – Jun 01      Operations Flight Commander, 31st Logistics Support Squadron,

                                            Aviano AB, Italy                                                         

6.         Jun 01 – May 02     Munitions Flight Commander, 31st Maintenance Squadron,

                                            Aviano AB, Italy

7.         Jun 02 – Jun 03      510th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Assistant OIC, 31st Aircraft

                                            Maintenance Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy

8.         Jun 03 – Dec 05      Instructor & Instructor Supervisor, Aircraft and Munitions

                                            Maintenance Officer Courses, Sheppard AFB, Texas

9.         Jan 06 – Mar 07      Executive Officer to the Commander, Headquarters Second

                                            Air Force, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

10.        Mar 07 – Jun 08     Deputy Director, Production Operations, Headquarters Second

                                            Air Force, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

11.        Jul 08 – Jun 09      Student, Air Command &Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

12.        Jun 09 – Jun 10     Commander, 8th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Kunsan AB,

                                            Republic of Korea

13.        Jul 10 – May 11      Executive Officer to the Superintendent, USAF Academy, Colorado

14.        May 11 – Jun 13     Commander, Cadet Group Four, Commandant of Cadets, USAF

                                            Academy, Colorado

15.        Jul 13 – Aug 15      Deputy Commander, 18th Maintenance Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan

16.        Aug 15 – Aug 16    Chief, F-35 Planning/Programming Branch, Combat Forces Division, Directorate

                                            Of Strategic Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements,

                                            Pentagon, Washington DC  

17.        Aug 16 – Jun 17     Student, National War College

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air & Space Campaign Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

NATO Medal  

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant, May 97

First Lieutenant, May 99

Captain, May 01

Major, Dec 06

Lieutenant Colonel, Dec 10

Colonel, April 17


(Current as of May 17)