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Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin S. Freeborn is the Commander, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Lieutenant Colonel Freeborn was commissioned in 2000 from Miami University. He earned his wings at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and has served in operational flying assignments in the F-16 as a weapons instructor pilot, evaluator pilot; instructed at the USAF Weapons School, and served as Director of Operations of the 510FS. Lieutenant Colonel Freeborn is a senior pilot with more than 1,500 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, and F-16, including over 150 combat hours in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and in support of Operation OAKEN STEEL.

Prior to his current assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Freeborn studied Strategic Intelligence at the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C., and Operational Art at the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting in Quantico, Virginia.

EDUCATION:
2000 Bachelor of Arts- Political Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2007 Squadron officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 USAF Weapons School, F-16 Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, NV
2009 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Masters of Business Administration- Finance, Trident University, Cyprus, CA
2014 Masters of Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, JBAB, DC
2015 Masters of Operational Studies, School of Advanced Warfighting, MCB Quantico, VA

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. July 2000 – Mar 2001, Aircrew Scheduler, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
2. Mar 2001 – Sep 2002, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. Sep 2002 – May 2003, Student, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona
4. May 2003 – Apr 2006, Electronic Combat Pilot/F-16 IP, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
5. Apr 2006 – Dec 2007, Air-to-Ground Flight Commander/F-16 IP, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Korea
6. Jan 2008 – Jun 2008, Student, 16th Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
7. Jun 2008 – Jul 2010, Wg Wpns Flt Commander/F-16WIP, 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem, Germany
8. Jul 2010 – Aug 2013, Assistant Director Ops/F-16 EP, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
9. Aug 2013 – Jul 2014, Student, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C.
10. Jul 2014 – Jul 2015, Student, School of Advanced Warfighting, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
11. Jul 2015 – Present, Director of Operations/F-16 EP, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Senior Pilot
Flying Hours: More than 1,500 including 150 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, F-16
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2002 Distinguished Graduate, Flying Award & Top Formation Pilot, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2002 Distinguished Graduate, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Moody AFB, Georgia
2003 Distinguished Graduate, Air-to-Air Top Gun, F-16 FTU, Luke AFB, Arizona
2008 Distinguished Graduate, Flying Award, F-16 Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada
2009 USAFE Fighter Aviator of the Year, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
2012 Vandenberg Award for Outstanding Aerospace Training, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
2013 Air Force Assoc “Boots” Blesse Award, Top Instructor, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
2015 31FW Squadron of the Year, Aviano AB, Italy

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant: 6 June 2000
First Lieutenant: 6 June 2002
Captain: 6 June 2004
Major: 1 April 2010
Lieutenant Colonel: 1 September 2015

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