Lt. Col. Robert W. Reed is the commander of the 182nd Force Support Squadron, Peoria Air National Guard Base, in Peoria, Ill. He leads and supervises six subordinate sections responsible for providing Airman and family services, human resource services, recruiting and retention of personnel for the wing, manpower and personnel services and sustainment services in support of the 182nd Airlift Wing’s federal and state missions.
Lt. Col. Reed enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1991 and served eight years as a supply specialist upon completing initial skills training. He obtained a commission in the Air National Guard in 1999, serving as a logistics readiness officer. In 2004, he became the 182nd Aerial Port Flight commander, followed by commands in the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron commander in February 2016 and the 182nd Force Support Squadron in October 2016. In 2010, Lt. Col. Reed served as the Requirements Cell shift chief for the Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center during Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn while deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operation.
Lt. Col. Reed has served as a professional educator for 20 years in the civilian public school system, with half that time being an educational administrator. He was selected as the full-time human resource officer with the 182nd Force Support Squadron in September 2016. Prior to his current assignment, the lieutenant colonel was the commander of the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.
1996 Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Illinois State University, Normal
1999 Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2002 Basic Transportation Officer Course, Air Education and Training Command, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2006 Master of Educational Administration and Foundations, K-12 Educational Administration, Illinois State University, Normal
2009 U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Mortuary Officers' Course, National Guard Bureau, Dover AFB, N.J.
2019 Force Support Squadron Leadership Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. September 2000–October 2004, Transportation Officer, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
2. October 2004–February 2007, Commander, 182nd Aerial Port Flight, Peoria, Ill.
3. February 2007–August 2008, Supply Operations Officer, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
4. August 2008–February 2016, Transportation Officer, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
5. February 2016–October 2016, Commander, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
6. October 2016–Present, Commander, 182nd Force Support Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
STATE AWARD AND DECORATIONS
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with four oak clusters
Illinois Attendance Ribbon with “13” device
Illinois State Active Duty Ribbon
American Legion Post 121, Aledo, Ill.
Illinois Education Association
Illinois Principals Association
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
National Guard Association of the United States
2011 Principal of the Year (Blackhawk Region), Illinois Principals Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug. 20, 1999
First Lieutenant Aug. 20, 2001
Captain Aug. 20, 2004
Major Feb. 6, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 6, 2017
(Current as of January 2020)