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Colonel Michael O. Cadle is Vice Commander of the 130th Airlift Wing at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, WV.  He is responsible for assisting the Wing Commander in managing over $100M in property and equipment and the formulation, development and coordination of all plans, programs and policies applicable to 1,100 airmen and nine aircraft.  Prior to assignment as the Vice Wing Commander, Colonel Cadle served as the 130th Airlift Wing Mission Support Group Commander.


Colonel Cadle entered military service in April 1985 and attended BMT in June of that year.  He was assigned to the Combat Support Squadron as a Staff Support Administration Specialist.  He moved to the Base Contracting Office, serving as a warranted Contracting Officer until 1992 when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Resource Management Squadron. He has served in a variety of leadership and state joint staff assignments, culminating in his current assignment as 130th Airlift Wing Vice Commander. His background includes more than 10 years’ experience on the State Joint Staff, civilian experience as a Business Manager for a statewide architect/engineering firm, and president of the National Guard Association of West Virginia.




1990                       Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting, West Virginia State College, Institute, WV

1999                       Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL – correspondence

2000                       Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL - seminar

2005                       Master Degree in Public Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2008                       Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL - correspondence

2012                       Joint Task Force Commander's Course, U.S. NORTHCOM, Petersen AFB, CO

2014                       Introduction to Special Operations Course, Air Force Special Operations Command, McLaughlin ANGB, Charleston, WV

2015                       Emergency Operations Center Director's Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2016                       Senior Leader Mission Generation Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018                       Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.





  1. Apr 1985 - Mar 1989, Staff Support Administration Specialist, 130th Combat Support Squadron

  2. Apr 1989 - Jun 1992, Contracting Specialist, 130th Resource Management Squadron

  3. Jul 1992 - Mar 1994, Supply Operations Officer, 130th Logistics Group

  4. Mar 1994 - May 1997, Executive Support Officer, 130th Support Group

  5. May 1997 - Apr 1998, Education & Training Officer, 130th Mission Support Flight

  6. Apr 1998 - Jul 2001, Commander, 130th Mission Support Flight

  7. Jul 2001 - Oct 2011, State Public Affairs Officer, Joint Forces Headquarters, West Virginia National Guard

  8. Oct 2011 - Jul 2015, Director of Staff-Air, Headquarters, West Virginia Air National Guard

  9. Jul 2015 – Nov 2017, Commander, 130th Mission Support Group

  10. Nov 2017 – present, Vice Commander, 130th Airlift Wing


    Meritorious Service Medal

    Air Force Commendation Medal

    Air Force Achievement Medal

    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

    National Defense Service Medal

    Humanitarian Service Medal

    Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon

    Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    Air Force Training Ribbon

    West Virginia Humanitarian Service Ribbon

    West Virginia Distinguished Unit Award

    West Virginia National Guard Minuteman Ribbon

    West Virginia Service Ribbon

    West Virginia State Service Ribbon

    West Virginia Emergency Service Ribbon

    Louisiana Emergency Service Medal


    Second Lieutenant                              30 July 1992

    First Lieutenant                                    6 August 1994

    Captain                                                  7 August 1996

    Major                                                      20 September 2000

    Lieutenant Colonel                             5 February 2005

    Colonel                                                  23 May 2013


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