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Colonel Elizabeth A. Sumner

Colonel Elizabeth A. Sumner is the 124th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Idaho Air National Guard, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.  Prior to this assignment, she served as the 124th Mission Support Group Commander, the 124th Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, the 124th Civil Engineer Squadron Commander, Base Civil Engineer and Base Fire Marshal. She has also served as the 124th Fighter Wing Executive Officer, Director of Staff, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and as an instructor for the Intelligence Formal Training Unit for A-10 Intelligence Analysts at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.  The 124th Fighter Wing, based at Gowen Field (Boise Air Terminal) in Boise, Idaho, is a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command. 

Colonel Sumner began her military career when she graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May 1997 where she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force.  She served as an Intelligence Officer on active duty for nearly 8 years, with assignments to Luke AFB, Arizona, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. She attended US Air Force Weapons School and graduated in December 2001 with the best division paper.  She joined the Air National Guard in 2005 and served as an Intelligence Officer in the 124th Fighter Wing at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, the 168th Air Refueling Wing at Eielson AFB, Alaska and the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida. Colonel Sumner is married to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Richard Sumner and they have three incredible boys.


1997 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Sciences, Minor in French, United States Air Force Academy

1998 Masters of Science, Materials Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

2001 USAF Weapons School, Intelligence Division, Nellis AFB NV

2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB AL

2006 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2015 Air War College, by correspondence

2021 Reserve Component National Security Course



  1. Aug 1997- Aug 1998 – Student, Graduate School, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  2. Aug 1998 – May 1999 – Student, Intelligence School, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  3. May 1999 – Aug 2000- Intelligence officer, Luke AFB, AZ
  4. Aug 2000-Jul 2001 – Squadron Intelligence Officer, 80 FS, Kunsan AB, ROK
  5. Jul – Dec 2001 - USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
  6. Dec 2001 – Feb 2005 – Wing Intelligence Weapons Officer, Mountain Home AFB, ID
  7. Feb 2005 – Apr 2008 – Intelligence Officer, 124 WG, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  8. Apr 2008 – Nov 2010- Intelligence Officer, 168 ARW, Eielson AFB, AK
  9. Nov 2010 – Dec 2013 –Intelligence Officer, Analysis Correlation and Fusion Cell, 601st AOC, Tyndall AFB, FL
  10. Jan –May 2014 – Instructor, Intelligence Formal Training Unit, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  11. May 2014 – Sep 2015 – Wing Executive Officer, 124th Fighter Wing, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  12. Sep 2015 – Sep 2018 –Commander, 124th Civil Engineer Squadron, Base Civil Engineer and Fire Marshall, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  13. Oct 2018 – Aug 2019 – 124th Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  14. Aug 2019 – Aug 2022 – 124th Mission Support Group Commander, Gowen Field, Boise, ID
  15. Aug 2022 – Present – 124th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Gowen Field, Boise, ID


Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short

AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

AF Longevity Service with one oak leaf cluster

AF Training Ribbon


Second Lieutenant 28 May 1997

First Lieutenant 28 May 1999

Captain 28 May 2001

Major 10 July 2005

Lieutenant Colonel 10 July 2012

Colonel 30 September 2020