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Col. Daniel R. McDonough is the commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing located in Peoria, Ill. He is responsible for the wing’s traditional and full-time Illinois Air National Guardsmen tasked with maintaining and operating C-130H3 aircraft, as well as providing special warfare command and control capability. Additionally, he ensures all assigned units are able to fulfill their state and federal missions as directed.

Col. McDonough received a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation administration from Indiana State University. He was mission ready in the OA-37 Dragonfly, F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130E and C-130H Hercules. He has deployed as a C-130 aircraft commander five times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as well as four times to command the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. He has served in a variety of capacities throughout his career at the 182nd Airlift Wing.

Col. McDonough is a command pilot with nearly 5,600 total flying hours and more than 690 combat and combat support hours. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the commander of the 182nd Operations Group, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.

1983 Associate Degree, General Studies, Illinois Central College, East Peoria
1985 Bachelor of Science, Aviation Administration, Indiana State University, Terre Haute
1997 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Mobility Commanders Tactics Course, Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo.
2012 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2018 Commander Development Course, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

1. May 1987–May 1988, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. May 1988–October 1991, Forward Air Controller, 169th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
3. October 1991–October 1994, F-16A/B Fighter Pilot, 169th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
4. October 1994–June 1997, Assistant Flight Commander, 169th Airlift Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
5. June 1997–October 1999, Operations Officer, 169th Airlift Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
6. October 1999–May 2005, Flight Commander, 169th Airlift Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
7. May 2005–March 2006, Commander, 169th Airlift Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
8. March 2006–November 2017, Commander, 182nd Operations Group, Peoria, Ill.
9. November 2017–Present, Commander, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.

Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,580 (including more than 475 combat hours)
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, OA-37, AT-38B, F-16A/B, C-130E and C-130H3

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal

Illinois Lincoln Medal of Freedom
Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “16” device
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal

1994 Pilot of the Year, Illinois Air National Guard
2014–2017 Chairman, Air National Guard C-130 Operations Group Commander Council

National Guard Association of Illinois
National Guard Association of the United States
Rotary Club of Peoria Association

Second Lieutenant May 21, 1987
First Lieutenant July 12, 1989
Captain July 12, 1991
Major April 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2004
Colonel Jan. 24, 2014

(Current as of January 2020)