COLONEL BENJAMIN R. HARRISON

Col. Benjamin R. Harrison is the Commander, 301st Fighter Wing Operations Group, U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. He is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring, and safe execution of all combat-oriented F-16C Fighting Falcon flight training within the 301st Fighter Wing. He directs the group’s execution of a 5,800+ Annual Flying Hour Program and a $3.5 million annual operations group budget.

Col. Harrison earned his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1998. He completed pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas, and was assigned to fly the F-16C Fighting Falcon. He transitioned from Active Duty to the Air Force Reserve in 2008. Col. Harrison is a command pilot with more than 2,350 combined hours in the F-16C Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II.

Col. Harrison has flown across multiple areas of operation on combat and security deployments. He has also served in a variety of leadership positions from the squadron, group, numbered Air Force, to the HQ Air Force levels. Additionally, he has served in various military status to include Active Duty, individual mobilization augmentee, active guard Reserve, and traditional Reservist. Prior to his current position, the colonel served as the Tenth Air Force Commander’s Action Group Director, U.S. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.

EDUCATION

1998 Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2009 Master of Business Administration, Touro University International, Cypress, Calif.

2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2012 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.

2018 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2020 Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C.   

ASSIGNMENTS

1. May 1998–December 1999, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas

2. January 2000–April 2000, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.

3. May 2000–January 2001, Student, F-16 Flying Training Unit, 63d Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.

4. February 2001–January 2002, Electronic Combat Pilot, 4 FS, Hill AFB, Utah

5. February 2002–September 2004, Chief of Scheduling, 466 FS, Hill AFB, Utah

6. October 2004–December 2007, Flight Commander, 310 FS and 56th Operations Support Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.

7. January 2008–June 2010, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 419th Operations Group, Hill AFB, Utah

8. July 2010–December 2014, Chief of Total Force Wing Weapons and F-35 Program Integration, 419th Operations Support Flight, Hill AFB, Utah

9. January 2015–May 2015, Director of Operations, 419 OG Detachment 1, Hill AFB, Utah

10. June 2015–July 2016, Operations and Training Branch Chief, F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

11. August 2016–May 2018, Deputy Commander, 419 OG, Hill AFB, Utah

12. June 2018–April 2020, Commander, 466 FS, Hill AFB, Utah

13. May 2020–July 2020, Special Assistant to the Commander, 419 OG, Hill AFB, Utah

14. August 2020–May 2020, Director of Commander’s Action Group, 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas

15. June 2020–Present, Commander, 301st Fighter Wing Operations Group, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  command pilot

Flight Hours: more than 2,600 including 114 combat hours

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, F-16, F-35

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1998

First Lieutenant May 27, 2000

Captain May 27, 2002

Major Jan. 1, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 2015

Colonel Aug. 1, 2020

 

(Current as of November 2021)