Maj. Kathy J. Gualdoni is the commander of the 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Illinois. She is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and managing all logistics support activities for the 182nd Airlift Wing. This includes the areas of cargo movement, air transportation, logistics plans, vehicle maintenance and management, ground transportation, fuels management and material management. She provides the overall management of personnel to ensure the squadron possesses the logistics capabilities needed to meet the needs of the wing’s readiness requirements.
Maj. Gualdoni began her military career in March 1997 by enlisting in the Illinois Air National Guard as an information management specialist while attending college. In October 1999, she was hired as a dual-status federal technician and served in numerous capacities throughout the 182nd Communications Flight. She was the chief of standardization and evaluation and achieved the rank of senior master sergeant before obtaining her commission as an Air Force officer in December 2011. In September 2012, she graduated from logistics readiness officer training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. She served as the 182nd Airlift Wing installation deployment officer before being appointed as the Logistics Readiness Squadron commander in September 2016. Since her appointment as the commander, Maj. Gualdoni has successfully led the second largest and most diverse squadron on the installation through numerous deployments, inspections and exercises.
Maj. Gualdoni is appointed as assistant to the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer for Property and maintains supply warehouse inventory control of 74,000 items with a 99.89 percent accuracy rate. She has overseen the deployment operations of wing personnel and cargo deployment processes. In 2017, her efforts directly contributed to the wing’s ratings of “Highly Effective” and “Effective” resulting from the Air Mobility Command Inspector General Unit Effectiveness Inspection. In 2020, she directed logistics support in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the 182nd Airlift Wing’s longest domestic operations mission. In 2021, she deployed to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in Springfield, Illinois, as the lead logistics officer for the mass vaccination planning branch, where she supported emergency response operations and was instrumental in ensuring the health and safety of Illinois citizens. Prior to her current position, the major was the installation deployment officer, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois.
1997 Information Management Apprentice Course, Air Education and Training Command, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1999 Airman Leadership School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1999 Information Management Journeyman Course, AETC, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2002 Communications Computer Systems Operations Apprentice Course, AETC, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2004 Communications Computer Systems Operations Craftsman Course, AETC, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2006 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Management and Technology, Arlington, Va.
2009 Communications-Electronics Maintenance Standardization Evaluation Procedures Course, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2010 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Officer Training School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 National Guard Basic Supervisor’s Course, Springfield, Ill.
2012 Management of Aerial Port Operations Course, USAF Expeditionary Center, Savannah, Ga.
2012 Logistics Readiness Officer Course, AETC, Lackland AFB, Texas
2014 DCAPES Wing Level Operators Course, AETC, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2016 Commander’s Readiness Reporting, AETC, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2018 Commander’s Readiness Reporting, AETC, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2020 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. March 1997–April 1999, Unit Administrative Specialist, 182nd Air Support Operations Center, Peoria, Ill.
2. April 1999–October 2001, Support Services Specialist, 182nd Air Support Operations Center, Peoria, Ill.
3. October 2001–June 2002, Computer Specialist, 182nd Communications Flight, Peoria, Ill.
4. June 2002–February 2006, Information Technology Specialist, 182nd Communications Flight, Peoria, Ill.
5. February 2006–July 2011, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 182nd Communications Flight, Peoria, Ill.
6. July 2011–January 2016, Installation Deployment Officer, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
7. January 2016–September 2016, Logistics Management Officer, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
8. September 2016–Present, Commander, 182nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal two oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Achievement Medal two oak leaf clusters
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “12” device
1999 Outstanding Airman of the Year Award
2006 Outstanding NCO of the Year Award
2007 Enlisted Leadership Symposium Attendee
2009 Professional of the Year Award, 182nd Communications Flight
2013 Air National Guard Logistics Compliance Assessment Program Outstanding Team Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Legion Post 979
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (lifetime member)
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
National Guard Officer’s Association of the United States (lifetime member)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 16, 2011
First Lieutenant Dec. 16, 2013
Captain Dec. 16, 2015
Major Nov. 7, 2020
(CURRENT AS OF JUNE 2022)