COLONEL JEFFERY D. AEBISCHER
Colonel Jeffery D. Aebischer is the Vice Wing Commander of the 124th Fighter Wing, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. As the Vice Wing Commander, Colonel Aebischer ensures the continued readiness of the 124th Fighter Wing consisting of over 1,300 military members, supporting both the federal and state missions. The 124th Fighter Wing’s primary mission is to provide close air support and forward air control to combat troops from all branches in support of combat operations abroad, as well as providing Airmen ready and able to respond to stateside emergencies at a moment notice.
Col. Aebischer graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 1985, where he earned his Baccalaureate degree in Secondary Math Education. He joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 1987 and earned his commission through the Academy of Military Science in 1988. Col. Aebischer graduated Undergraduate Navigator Training in 1989 and began his first operational assignment with the Idaho Air National Guard as a Weapon Systems Operator in the RF-4C in 1990. He continued flying as a traditional guardsmen converting to the F-4G Wild Weasel in 1991 as an Electronic Warfare Officer flying several combat and combat support missions in Southwest Asia. In 1996, he transitioned to the C-130E Hercules as navigator and was qualified as an instructor navigator in 2001.
He began serving full-time in 2002 as chief of training for the 189th Airlift Squadron and later as chief of standards and evaluations. In 2005, Col. Aebischer was selected as the 124th Deputy Mission Support Commander. He became the first commander of the 212th Command and Control Squadron two years later. Col. Aebischer was assigned to the Air National Guard Readiness Center in 2010 and completed a one year statutory tour as the lead for a Cyberspace Defense pilot initiative for the Air National Guard. In August of 2012, Col. Aebischer was appointed the Director of Staff for the Idaho Air National Guard where he served for two years. November of 2014 he was selected as the Commander for the 124th Mission Support Group where he served until 2015 when he became the Vice-Commander for the 124th Fighter Wing.
1985 Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Math Education, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho
1989 Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
1999 Squadron Officer School
2003 Air Command Staff College
2009 Air War College
August 1988 - June 1989, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
June 1989 - April 1990, Student, 189th Tactical Reconnaissance Training Flight, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
May 1990 - June 1991, RF-4C Weapons System Officer, 190th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
July 1991 - October 1991, Student, F-4G Wild Weasel Replacement Training Unit, George AFB, Victorville, Calif.
November 1991 - June 1996, F-4G Electronic Warfare Officer, 190th Fighter Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
July 1996 - October 1996, Student, C-130 Replacement Training Unit, Little Rock AFB, Little Rock, Ark.
November 1996 - June 2002, C-130 Navigator, 189th Airlift Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
July 2002 - December 2003, C-130 Instructor Navigator, Chief of Training, 189th Airlift Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
January 2004 - May 2005, C-130 Instructor Navigator, Chief of Standards/Evaluation, 189th Airlift Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
June 2005 - October 2007, Deputy Commander, 124th Mission Support Group, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
November 2007 – October 2008, Commander, Joint Force Headquarters/Det 1, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
November 2008 - September 2010, Commander, 212th Command and Control Squadron, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
October 2010 - September 2011, Cyber Capabilities Team, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
October 2011 - August 2012, Joint Force Headquarters-Idaho A5/A8, Plans and Strategic Initiatives, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
September 2012 - November 2014, Director of Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Idaho Air National Guard, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
December 2014 - August 2015, Commander, 124th Mission Support Group, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
September 2015 - Present, Vice-Commander, 124th Fighter Wing, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
Rating: Master navigator
Flight hours: More than 2,500
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, RF-4C, F-4E, F-4G, C-130E and C-130H
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant August 11, 1988
First Lieutenant October 13, 1990
Captain March 13, 1993
Major July 14, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel January 16, 2005
Colonel August 02, 2012
(Current as of November 2017)