Colonel Richard Switzer is the commander, 130th Operations Group, McLaughlin Air National Base, Charleston, West Virginia. He is responsible for 263 military personnel and provides mission ready aircrews and Aeromedical evacuation crews that are deployable worldwide. He also serves as a C-130 Weapons Officer and Evaluator Navigator.  

Colonel Switzer enlisted the 130th Airlift Wing in 1994 as an Information Management specialist. While enlisted in Mission Support, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Lt Col Switzer was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2000 upon completion of the Academy of Military Science. He has served as commander of 130th Airlift Squadron, Director of Operations, Chief of Tactics, and Instructor Navigator. Lt Col Switzer was activated for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 and served as a line navigator with the 485th Air Expeditionary Wing, Tabuk Saudi Arabia, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base Qatar, the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Karshi Khanabad, Uzbekistan, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Other major deployments include Operation Freedom Sentinel, Operation Enduring Freedom, Coronet Oak (Puerto Rico), Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Colonel Switzer has over 3,500 military flying hours.

1997 Airman Leadership School, by correspondence
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
2010 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2012 USAF Weapons School
2016 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence


  1. January 1995 – March 1995, Student, Base Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
  2. March 1995 – May 1995, Information Management School, Keesler AFB, MS
  3. May 1995 – December 1999, Information Management Specialist, 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  4. May 2000 – March 2001, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
  5. December 2001 – August 2006, Line Navigator, 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  6. August 2006 – December 2009, Instructor Navigator, 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  7. December 2009 – January 2016, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  8. January 2016 – September 2017, Director of Operations, 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  9. October 2017 – May 2019, Commander, 130th Airlift Squadron, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.
  10. May 2019 – Present, Commander, 130th Operations Group, McLaughlin ANGB, W.Va.

Current as of May 2019
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with 4 devices
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 devices
Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 device
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with 2 devices
Air Longevity Service
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 “M’ Devices
AF Training Ribbon with 1 device
NATO Medal
National Guard Association
2001 AETC Commander’s Trophy, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB
2001 Ira J. Husik Award for Navigation Excellence, 562nd Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB