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Colonel Samuel P. Milam is the commander of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The wing consists of three groups with more than 2,800 Battlefield Airmen at 20 locations throughout the continental U.S. supporting eight out of 10 active duty U.S. Army divisions. Subordinate units are the 3rd Air Support Operations Group at Fort Hood, Texas, 18th Air Support Operations Group at Pope Field, N.C., and the 820th Base Defense Group at Moody AFB. The ASOGs provide Air, Space and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance expertise to plan, coordinate and execute the supported ground commander's scheme of maneuver. The ASOGs also provide all Battlefield Weather support to Army units both in garrison and at deployed locations. The 820 BDG provides rapidly deployable, fully integrated, highly specialized forces for active internal and external base defense.

Born in Opelika, Ala., Colonel Milam earned a commission and Bachelor of Science in biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989. In 2004 he earned a master's degree in military operational art and science from the Air Force Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Colonel Milam's experience includes tours as a Battalion Air Liaison Officer [3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment (Mech)] and Forward Air Controller, A/OA-10 weapons and tactics officer, flight commander, assistant operations officer and operations officer, as well as a tour as an A-10 instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. His distinctive accomplishments include: Top Graduate from Undergraduate Pilot Training, Top Graduate from the A-10 Weapons Instructor Course in 1998, and Top A-10 Academic and Flying Instructor at USAFWS. He was a USAF-level finalist for the 2004 Claire Chennault Award for his work integrating combat air forces with special operations forces. Colonel Milam has flown the A-10A and A-10C aircraft his entire career. A command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, he has also flown more than 650 combat hours on more than 190 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

1989 Bachelor's degree in biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1994 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Distinguished Graduate, USAF A-10 Weapons Instructor Course
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Master's degree in military operational art/science, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Master's degree in national security studies, Naval War College, R.I.

1. June 1989 - July 1990, Assistant to Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2. August 1990 - September 1991, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
3. October 1991 - December 1992, Executive Officer, 50th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. December 1992 - May 1993, A-10 Training, Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.
5. June 1993, Air to Ground Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. July 1993 - October 1994, A-10 Pilot, 354th Fighter Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
7. December 1994 - December 1997, A-10 Instructor Pilot, Wing Weapons Officer, 70th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
8. January 1998 - June 1998, A-10 Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. July 1998 - July 2000, A-10 Weapons Officer, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
10. July 2000 - June 2002, A-10 Weapons Instructor Course Instructor, 66th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
11. June 2002 - June 2003, Director of Operations, 57th Weapons Support Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
12. July 2003 - June 2004, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. July 2004 - May 2006, Chief, CAS Division, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Ft Bragg, N.C.
14. May 2006 - July 2007, Director of Operations, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
15. July 2007 - April 2009, Commander, 75th FS, Moody AFB, Ga.
16. July 2009 - June 2010, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
17. September 2010 - July 2012, Commander, 355th Operations Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
18. July 2012 - Present, Commander, 93d Air Ground Operation Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,500 including over 3,300 in the A-10

Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters

First Lieutenant, May 1991
Captain, May 1993
Major, September 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, September 2005
Colonel, September 2009

(Current as of July 2012)

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