|BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL A. FANTINI|
Brig. Gen. Michael A. Fantini is Commander, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for the training of more than 60,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and international officer and enlisted students annually at Sheppard AFB and more than 60 geographically separated units located throughout the world. The 82nd Training Wing produces nearly half of all Air Force technical training graduates annually, delivering instruction in aircraft maintenance, logistics, civil engineer and telecommunications career fields. The wing consists of three training groups, a mission support group and a medical group, and also provides base support services to the 80th Flying Training Wing's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.
General Fantini was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Howard University and entered active duty in 1987. Following graduation, he served in a variety of operational assignments as an F-16 pilot, instructor pilot and weapons officer. He has commanded a fighter squadron and the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group in Balad, Iraq. He has served in multiple staff positions, including Chief of the Fighter Weapons Branch, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Programs; and Operations Officer and Deputy Division Chief of Global Force Management at the Joint Operations Directorate. Prior to his current assignment, he was the director for Combat Force Application and Operational Capabilities Requirements at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
General Fantini is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the F-16, T-37 and T-38.
1986 Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
1994 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master's degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2000 Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
2005 Master's degree in national security studies, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.
1. February 1987 - November 1988, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. November 1988 - July 1989, F-16 Student Pilot, 72nd Tactical Training Fighter Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
3. July 1989 - May 1992, F-16 Pilot, Instructor Pilot, 68th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
4. May 1992 - July 1993, Flight Commander, 35th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, South Korea
5. July 1993 - January 1994, Student, Weapons Instructor Course, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. January 1994 - November 1996, Weapons Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Hill AFB, Utah
7. November 1996 - May 1999, Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. May 1999 - July 2000, Chief, Fighter Weapons Branch, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Programs, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
9. July 2000 - August 2001, Student, Marine Corps Staff College, Quantico, Va.
10. August 2001 - April 2002, Chief of Safety, Aviano AB, Italy
11. April 2002 - July 2002, Operations Officer, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
12. July 2002 - July 2004, Commander, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
13. July 2004 - June 2005, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.
14. June 2005 - May 2007, Operations Officer and Deputy Division Chief, Global Force Management, Joint Operations Directorate, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
15. May 2007 - June 2008, Chief C4 Capabilities Division, Directorate of Operational Capabilities Requirements, Joint Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
16. June 2008 - June 2009, Commander 332d Expeditionary Operations Group, Joint Base Balad, Iraq
17. June 2009- May 2011 - Chief, Combat Force Application, Directorate of Operational Capabilities Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
18. May 2011- April 2012 Director, Combat Force Application, Directorate of Operational Capabilities Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
19. April 2012 - present, Commander, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,200
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-16
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Joint Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 24, 1986
First Lieutenant Sept. 24, 1988
Captain Sept. 24, 1990
Major June 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Mar. 1, 2002
Colonel July 1, 2007
Brigadier General April 2, 2013
(Current as of May 2013)