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Colonel Sean Rassas is the Commander of the 926th Wing, 10th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., executing legacy, 5th generation and remotely piloted aircraft, as well as space, cyber, aircraft maintenance, mission support and medical operations. He commands more than 1,500 unit reservists who are classically associated in Total Force Integration constructs throughout Air Combat Command and the United States Air Force Warfare Center, supporting their test, tactics and training missions, and conducting 24/7 combat operations for Air Forces in Europe, Africa Command, and Central Command theaters of operation. He is additionally responsible for geographically separated units at Creech AFB, Nev., Beale AFB, Calif., Holloman AFB, N.M., Schriever AFB, Colo., Eglin AFB, Fla., and Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Col. Rassas was born in Northfield, Illinois and was commissioned in 1996 from the United States Air Force Academy. In 1997, he earned his wings at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, choosing to fly the F-16. His career includes assignments as an F-16 Pilot at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Air Liaison Officer at Osan Air Base, South Korea and as Instructor Pilot at both Spangdahlem Air Base Germany and Luke AFB, Arizona. In 2008, Col. Rassas separated from active duty and joined the 301st Fighter Squadron as a Traditional Reservist which later transitioned to the 69th Fighter Squadron. Col. Rassas is a Command Pilot with 3,300 flight hours with 3,000 hours in the F-16.
1996 Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies, United States Air Force Academy, CO
2001 Air Ground Operations School, Nellis AFB, NV
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2006 Forward Air Controller – Airborne Instructor Course, Luke AFB, AZ
2008 Air Force Mishap Investigation Course and Safety School, Kirtland AFB, NM
2012 Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence
2016 Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
1. July 1996- December 1996, casual status Lieutenant, Cadet Activities Flight, 10th Services Squadron, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2. December 1996 – January 1998, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas.
3. January 1998 – January 1999, student pilot, F-16 B-Course, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. January 1999 – May 2001 F-16 pilot, Scheduler/SELO, 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah.
5. May 2001 – May 2002, Air Liaison Officer, 607th Air Support Operations Group, Osan AB, Korea.
6. May 2002 – May 2005, F-16 instructor, Chief of Wing Training & Scheduling, 52nd Operational Support Squadron, Flight Commander, 23rd Fighter Squadron, Chief of F-16 Weapons, 52nd Operational Support Squadron Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
7. May 2005 – August 2008, F-16 instructor, Chief of Weapons, 310th Fighter Squadron, Asst. Director of Operations, 56th Operational Support Squadron, Asst. Director of Operations, 21st Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. August 2008 – May 2014, F-16 instructor, Asst. Director of Operations, 310th Fighter Squadron, Flight Commander, 69th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
9. May 2014 – May 2015, F-16 instructor, Chief of Safety, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
10. May 2015 – August 2016, F-16 evaluator, Asst. Director of Operations, 69th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
11. August 2016 – October 2017, F-16 evaluator, Commander, 69th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
12. October 2017 – September 2018, F-16 evaluator, Deputy Commander, 944th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
13. September 2018 – July 2019, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director of Combat Air Forces Requirements, Headquarters Air Force, A5RC, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virg.
14. July 2019 – June 2021, Vice Commander, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
15. June 2021 – Present, Commander, 926th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 3,300 with 3,000 hours in the F-16
Aircraft flown: F-16, T-38, T-37, A-319/320/321, A-330 and B-717
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major March 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel August 1, 2012
Colonel 1 June 2018