Col. Asheleigh O.J. Gellner is the vice commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois. She is responsible for numerous wing programs, as well as advising and assisting the wing commander with maintaining the combat readiness of Peoria’s C-130 Hercules aircraft fleet and traditional and full-time Illinois Air National Guardsmen.
Col. Gellner commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1999 and served more than eight years on active duty as a rated instructor air battle manager. She is a Joint Force Level II-qualified officer with diverse active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard experience in roles including command and staff officer positions at the squadron and wing levels, state headquarters, the Air National Guard Readiness Center, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command unified combatant command.
Col. Gellner graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1999, receiving dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Italian. She holds a Master of Arts degree in human relations from University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. From 2009 to 2011, Col. Gellner worked in the private sector as a career trainer/counselor providing career consultations for federal civilian employees affected by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Prior to her current position, the colonel was a student and Hattendorf Candidate at the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington
1999 Aerospace Basic Course, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Master of Arts, Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2014 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 Joint Advanced Professional Military Education (JPME II), National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2022 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies (with Graduate Certificate in Maritime History), U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1. July 1999–September 2000, Air Battle Manager Student, 325th Training Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
2. September 2000–August 2005, Air Weapons Officer, Asst. Chief of Training, Air Surveillance Officer, Scheduling Officer in Charge, Tinker AFB, Okla.
3. August 2005–September 2007, Instructor Air Surveillance Officer, Flight Commander, Chief of Scheduling, 960th Airborne Air Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
4. September 2007–October 2009, Individual Ready Reserve
5. October 2009–April 2012, Operations Officer and Commander, 46th Aerial Port Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
6. April 2012–March 2014, Wing Plans Officer, 144th Fighter Wing; Fuels Officer, 144th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif.
7. March 2014–March 2015, Inspector General, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
8. March 2015–August 2017, Branch Chief, A3Z Conversion Team, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
9. August 2017–August 2018, Branch Chief, A5/8 Plans and Integration, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
10. August 2018–December 2019, Deputy Division Chief, Joint Chiefs of Staff J5 Western Hemisphere, Homeland Division, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. December 2019–July 2021, Legislative Affairs Officer, J93, United States Indo-Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii; Director, A5/8 Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard, Honolulu, Hawaii
12. July 2021–August 2022, Student and Hattendorf Candidate, Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, R.I.
13. August 2022–Present, Vice Commander, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 2018–December 2019, Deputy Division Chief, J5 Western Hemisphere, Homeland Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2. December 2019–April 2021, Legislative Affairs Officer, J93, United States Indo-Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii
Rating: Senior Air Battle Manager
Flight hours: More than 1,600
Aircraft flown: E-3B/C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
2022 “With Distinction” honors, Naval War College
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 06, 1999
First Lieutenant June 06, 2001
Captain June 06, 2003
Major December July 07, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel June 10, 2015
Colonel Aug. 9, 2022
(CURRENT AS OF OCTOBER 2022)