COLONEL CHARLES J. METZGAR
Colonel Charles J. Metzgar is Vice Commander of the 446th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He ensures the readiness of more than 1,800 Traditional Reservists, Air Reserve Technicians and civilians to support worldwide airlift and airdrop operations. The 446th Airlift Wing flies and supports the C-17 Globemaster III weapon system. Partnering with active-duty, Guard and civilian agencies, the 446th Airlift Wing provides airlift support to Operation Deep Freeze, the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic Program.
Colonel Metzgar received his Air Force commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following pilot training and a tour as a T-37B First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP), he progressed to the C-17A where he served as an Aircraft Commander, Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, and the 62nd Airlift Wing’s Airlift Director. Following that assignment, he proceeded to the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus AFB, Okla., where he led check flight for the C-17 Formal Training Unit as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. Since joining the Air Force Reserve, Colonel Metzgar has served in a variety of roles including flight commander, standardization and evaluation pilot, chief pilot, and squadron commander. Notably, he is a veteran of the National Science Foundation’s DEEP FREEZE mission and has 750 combat hours that span the Horn of Africa as well as Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. Colonel Metzgar’s previous assignments also include duties as a Planner and Executor in the Theater Direct Delivery cell at the 618th Air Operations Center as well as an action officer on the 18th Air Force’s A3 staff. Colonel Metzgar is a command pilot with over 5,900 flying hours and 750 combat hours in the T-37B, T-1A, and C-17A aircraft. In his civilian capacity, he is a B-737 captain with a major airline.
Prior to his current position, Colonel Metzgar served as Vice Commander and Commander of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif., where he helped provide strategic airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and air mobility operations to Combatant Commanders around the world.
1996 Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 Air Force Research Laboratory Night Vision Goggle Academic Instructor Course, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
2004 Squadron Officer School (Distinguished Graduate), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Global Mobility Operations Center Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Master of Arts, Military Operational Arts and Science (with highest academic distinction, A/TA Global Reach Writing Award, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2017 Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
1. August 1996 – April 1997, Human Relations Officer, 34th Training Wing, USAF Academy, Colo.
2. April 1997 – May 1998, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB), Texas
3. June 1998 – August 1998, Student, T-37B Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
4. September 1998 – September 2001, T-37B Instructor Pilot, 8th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
5. September 2001 – February 2002, Student, C-17A Formal Training Unit, 58th Airlift Squadron (AS), Altus AFB, Okla.
6. February 2002 – July 2004, C-17A Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot, Wing Airlift Director, 4th AS, McChord AFB, Wash.
7. July 2004 – October 2006, C-17A Formal Training Unit (FTU) Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 58th AS, Altus AFB, Okla.
8. November 2006 – January 2016, C-17A Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Chief Pilot, 97th AS, McChord AFB, Wash.
9. January 2016 – August 2018, Commander, 313th AS, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
10. August 2018 – May 2020, Vice Commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
11. May 2020 – June 2020, Commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
12. June 2020 – Present, Vice Commander, 446th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Rating: Command Pilot Flight hours: More than 5,900 (including more than 750 combat hours)
Aircraft Flown: T-34, T-1, C-17A,
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2013
Colonel Aug. 1, 2018
(Current as of June 2020)