Lt. Col. Scott J. Grotbo is the commander of the 182nd Air Support Operations Group, 182nd Airlift Wing, in Peoria, Illinois. He is responsible for providing Special Warfare subject matter experts servicing eight aligned Air Support Operations Squadrons’ command, operations and support programs in order to enhance combat mission readiness of the Tactical Air Control Party weapons system, advocate for the community at all levels and set the example for personal and professional development.
Lt. Col. Grotbo began his military career in 1995 by enlisting in the Illinois Air National Guard as a Tactical Air Control Party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. He deployed as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller for Operations Desert Spring and Enduring Freedom, where he was attached to Operational Detachment Alphas with various Special Forces groups. Lt. Col. Grotbo commissioned as an officer in 2004 after graduating from the Academy of Military Science. He served as an air liaison officer and the assistant director of operations for the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, the assistant director of operations for the 182nd Air Support Operations Group and commander of the 168th Air Support Operations Squadron.
Lt. Col. Grotbo facilitated the stand-up of the Air Support Operations Group’s operations section and implementation of the training, standardization and evaluation, and weapons and tactics programs, providing oversight to eight aligned air support operations squadrons. He was an integral part in establishing Tactical Air Control Party and Air Support Operations Center missions during four evolutions of the Northern Strike joint-fires exercise. Lt. Col. Grotbo completed fighter duty officer qualification in May 2015 to fulfill his role in the Air Support Operations Center mission and eventually command the squadron. Prior to his current position, the lieutenant colonel was the deputy commander for the 182nd Air Support Operations Group, 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Illinois.
1998 NCO Prep Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
1998 Joint Forces Command and Control Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2000 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Illinois State University, Normal
2004 Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2009 Introduction to Improvisation, Second City Training Center, Chicago, Ill.
2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 Air Liaison Officer Qualification Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2015 Air Support Operations Center Initial Qualification Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2017 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1. February 1995–September 2004, Tactical Air Control Party Specialist, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
2. September 2004–January 2010, Air Liaison Officer, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
3. January 2010–August 2015, Assistant Director of Operations, 182nd Air Support Operations Group, Peoria, Ill.
4. August 2015–April 2019, Commander, 168th Air Support Operations Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
5. April 2019–June 2020, Deputy Commander, 182d Air Support Operations Group, Peoria, Ill.
6. June 2020–Present, Commander, 182d Air Support Operations Group, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star with “V” device
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with “V” device and three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “11” device
1995 Commandant’s Award, Tactical Air Control Party Specialist Apprentice Course
1995 Honor Graduate, Tactical Air Control Party Specialist Apprentice Course
2001 Outstanding NCO of the Year, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron and 182nd Airlift Wing
2002 Outstanding NCO of the Year, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing and Illinois Air
2002 Illinois Adjutant General’s Spirit of the Illinois National Guard Award
2003 Outstanding NCO of the Year, 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing and Illinois Air
2003 Air Force Association Team of the Year Award
2003 Minuteman of the Year, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
2004 Distinguished Graduate, Air National Guard Academy of Military Science
2004 Reserve Officers Association’s Citizen-Soldier Award, Air National Guard Academy of Military Science
2007 Outstanding Air Liaison Officer of the Year, 8th Air Force
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
National Guard Association of the United States
Tactical Air Control Party Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 10, 2004
First Lieutenant Sept. 10, 2006
Captain Sept. 10, 2008
Major Oct. 15, 2012
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 3, 2017
(CURRENT AS OF OCTOBER 2021)