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Colonel Patricia Ross is the Vice Commander, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. As the vice commander supporting Georgia's largest industrial complex, she trains, deploys, and redeploys over 6,500 Airmen in support of Air Expeditionary Force and combatant commander requirements. In addition, she provides facilities and equipment support for the base's 36 hosted units, including a major command headquarters and 6 wings on the 8,722-acre installation. She commands 4,600 personnel assigned to 3 groups, a communications directorate, an operations support squadron, a comptroller/contracting squadron, and 11 wing staff agencies. She is also directly responsible for all logistics, medical, civil engineering, security, and mission support functions. Moreover, she is responsible for the management of facilities and equipment valued at $3.5 billion and the execution of a $161.8 million operating budget. She is also responsible for the morale and welfare of 28,000 officers, Airmen, civilians, and family members.

Col Ross has served as a personnel analyst and in a myriad of manpower and personnel positions to include twice serving as NATO's Combined Director, C-1, for Personnel, Services and Administration in the Combined Air Operations Center for both Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and DELIBERATE FORCE (Bosnia) and then during Operation ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo). She has commanded Detachment 3 of the United States Air Forces Europe Mission Support Squadron in Vicenza, Italy and the 509th Mission Support Squadron at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. She was Chief of Air Force Officer Professional Development, Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon, Chief of the Manpower, Organization, Assignments and Senior Leader Division at U.S. Joint Forces Command and an SDE Fellow with the RAND Corporation. Her last assignment was as the Deputy Director for Manpower, Personnel and Services at HQ Air Force Reserve Command and as the Program Manager for Air Force Reserve Human Capital Transformation.

1989 Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
1993 Masters of Science in Systems Engineering Management, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
1994 Squadron Officer School (In-residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2002 Air Command and Staff College (In-residence), Masters of Military Operational Art and Sciences, Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Air War College (Seminar/Correspondence)
2009 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk VA
2010 Air Force Fellow (SDE), RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

1. Jul 89 - Aug 94, Personnel analyst, Air Force Manpower and Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
2. Aug 94 - Oct 94, Student, Squadron Officer's School, Maxwell AFB, AL
3. Oct 94 - Oct 96, Military Personnel Flight Section Chief, Ramstein AB, GE
4. May 95 - Nov 95, Director Personnel/Services, Combined Air Operations Agency, Vicenza, Italy
5. Oct 96 - May 98, Personnel Team Chief, Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, NM
6. May 98 - Jul 01, Commander Detachment 3, USAFE Mission Support Squadron, Vicenza, Italy
7. May 98 - Apr 00, Director of Personnel/Administration, Balkan Combined Air Operations Center, Vicenza, Italy
8. Jul 01 - Jun 02, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. Jun 02 - Jul 04, Commander 509th Mission Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB, MO
10. Jul 04 - Jul 06, Chief, Officer Professional Development, HQ Air Force, Pentagon, VA
11. Jul 06 - Jul 09, Chief, Manpower, Organization, Assignments and Senior Leader Division, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk VA
12. Jul 09- Jul 10, Air Force Fellow (SDE), RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
13. Jul 10 - May 12, Deputy Director, Manpower, Personnel and Services (A-1), Program Manager for Air Force Reserve Human Capital Transformation, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA
14. May 12 to present, Vice Commander, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins AFB GA

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant - June 1989
First Lieutenant - June 1991
Captain - June 1993
Major - October 2000
Lieutenant Colonel - October 2005
Colonel - February 2011

(Current as of 1 June 2012)

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