Lt. Col. Brian C. Gahan is the commander of Detachment 1, 182nd Medical Group, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Illinois. He plans, leads and directs medical training and response capabilities to reinforce local, state and federal agencies as directed during domestic disaster missions.
Lt. Col. Gahan began his military career in September 2006, receiving a direct commission in the Illinois Air National Guard. He was assigned to the 126th Medical Group, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as the bioenvironmental engineering officer in charge where he ensured the occupational and environmental health and safety of all wing members through applied engineering, and scientific knowledge and principles. In addition, he advised command and staff agencies on operational risk management. During this time, Lt. Col. Gahan participated in six state exercise evaluations for the Illinois CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) as a bioenvironmental engineering officer until 2010, and with command and control as a medical liaison officer until 2014. He was selected in October 2014 as an investigating officer for the Complaints Resolution Division, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill. Since then, he has been assigned to perform complaints resolution analyses, inquiries and investigations; continual evaluation of programs; and unit effectiveness inspections in support of 17 active duty and 44 command-gained wings. Lt. Col. Gahan transferred to the 182nd Airlift Wing in 2016 to command the Detachment 1, 182nd Medical Group. In this role, he ensures unit capabilities include emergency medical triage, treatment and stabilization procedures for patients in contaminated environments as part of the Illinois National Guard 5th CERFP, and in support of the 182nd Airlift Wing’s domestic, federal and state missions.
In his civilian career, Lt. Col. Gahan is a registered professional engineer focused in petroleum and energy technology and development. He has been an industry leader in operational, financial, academic and research organizations, as well as professional associations. Prior to his current position, the lieutenant colonel served as the bioenvironmental engineering officer in charge with the 126th Medical Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
1984 Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
1985 Master of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
2002 Master of Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
2009 Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer Course, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas
2009 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Medical Management of CBRN Course, Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., Phoenix, Ariz.
2012 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Air National Guard Medical CBRN Course, Volk Field ANGB, Wis.
2015 Inspector General Training Course, Lansdowne, Va.
2016 Intermediate Development Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
1. September 2006–March 2016, Officer in Charge, Bioenvironmental Engineering, 126th Medical Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
2. March 2016–Present, Commander, Detachment 1,182nd Medical Group, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Illinois Military Medal of Merit
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “5” device
Illinois State Active Duty Ribbon
1989 Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Pittsburgh Section, Pa.
1990 Director, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Pittsburgh Section, Pa.
1996 Private Pilot Certificate
2002 Halliburton Energy Services Recognition Award
2003 Registered Professional Engineer
2006 Chair, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chicago Area Section, Ill.
2006 Halliburton Energy Services Recognition Award
2006 United States Patent
2007 Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chicago Area Section, Ill.
2007 Chair, Industry Advisory Board, Petroleum Engineering Department, Marietta College, Ohio
2008 Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers
2011 Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2012 Vice Chair Membership, Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, Sycamore District, Ill.
2014 Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers
2016 District Committee at Large, Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, Sycamore District, Ill.
2018 Unit Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, Sycamore District, Ill.
2019 Vice Chair Program, Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, Sycamore District, Ill.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Military Officers Association of America
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
National Guard Association of the United States (lifetime member)
National Society of Professional Engineers
Society of Petroleum Engineers (lifetime member)
Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain Sept. 15, 2006
Major Jan. 10, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 5, 2014
(Current as of February 2020)