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Col. John "Bryan" Creel began his military career in 1985 as an enlisted helicopter mechanic in the Army.  He then attended helicopter flight training and flew the UH-60 Black Hawk as a Warrant Officer.  After 15 years he separated from the Army, enlisted in the Air Force, and graduated Officer Training School in 2000.  He has held positions at the squadron, wing, and deployed Joint Force Command levels including two tours in Afghanistan as an AFPAK Hand.  Colonel Creel’s operational tours include Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARD, NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.  He holds an undergraduate degree in professional aeronautics and two graduate degrees in business aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


1987    U.S. Army Warrant Officer Entry Course

1997    U.S. Army Warrant Officer Advanced Course

1999    Bachelors in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2000    Master of Business Administration in Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2000    USAF Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

2002    USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV

2006    Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2008    Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

2012    Strategic Policy Fellowship (IDE), Washington, DC

2012    Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA

2018    Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA




1. Aug 85 – Jul 87, Helicopter Mechanic, 2348th Trans Company, MS ARNG Meridian, MS 
2. Jul 87 – May 89, UH-1H helicopter pilot, 2348th Trans Company, MS ARNG, Meridian, MS 
3. May 89 – Jun 93, UH-60 Flight Lead / Unit Trainer, C/5-101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell KY 
4. Jun 93 – Nov 94, UH-60 Instructor Pilot, 6-6th Cavalry, Illeshiem, GE 
5. Nov 94 – Jun 97, UH-60 Standardization Officer / Instrument Flight Examiner, A/1-158th Aviation Regiment, Wiesbaden GE 
6. Jun 97 – Jun 98, Instructor, UH-60A Instructor Pilot Course, C/2-212th Aviation, Ft Rucker, AL 
7. Jun 98 – Jul 00, UH-60 Standardization Officer, Aviation Training Brigade, Ft Rucker, AL 
8. May 01 – Jun 02, Plans Officer, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA 
9. Dec 02 – Jun 05, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA 
10. Jun 05 – Apr 10, Student Flight Commander, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB NV 
11. Apr 10 – Dec 10, J3 Air, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A) Kabul, Afghanistan 
12. Dec 10 – May 11, Executive Officer to the Commanding General, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A) Kabul, Afghanistan 
13. Jul 11 – Jun 12, Fellow, Air Force Strategic Policy, AETC, Washington DC 
14. Jun 12 – Mar 13, AFPAK Hand, Air Staff, Pentagon, Washington DC 
15. Mar 13 – Jun 13, Liaison Officer, Presidential Information Coordination Center, Presidential Palace and HQ ISAF, Kabul Afghanistan. 
16. Jul 13 – Oct 14, Director of Operations, 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB GA 
17. Oct 14 – Jun 15, Director of Operations, 347th Operational Support Squadron, Moody AFB GA. 
18. Jun 15 – Jul 17, Commander, 34th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB 
19. Jul 17 – Jul 18, Student, Marine Corps War College, Quantico VA 
20. Jul 18 – current, Commander, 347th Rescue Group, Moody AFB, GA





Rating:  Command Pilot 
Flight Hours:  More than 7,000 hours  
Aircraft Flown:  TH-55, UH-1H, UH-60A/L, and HH-60G



Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device with two oak leaf clusters 
Bronze Star Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters 
Aerial Achievement Medal 
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Army Achievement Medal 
Air Force Combat Action Medal 
Mackay Trophy





Second Lieutenant Sep 2000  
First Lieutenant Sep 2002 
Captain Sep 2004
Major Aug 2010   
Lieutenant Colonel Dec 2013  
Colonel May 2018  
(Current as of May 2018)