Col. Michael D. Stohler is the Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He organizes, trains and equips over 1,000 Professional Airmen, providing Decisive Firepower and Agile Combat Support to Combatant Commanders worldwide. Col. Stohler executes an annual budget in excess of $70 million. He formulates plans and policies for flying operations, aircraft maintenance, mission support and medical agencies across the wing. Col. Stohler coordinates requirements at the local, state and national levels and he is accountable for policies pertaining to operations, personnel, equipment, funds and real property.
Col. Stohler enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard in 1986, serving as an aircraft crew chief with the F-4E until 1990, when he earned his officer commission. As an F-16 pilot and graduate of the United States Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Col. Stohler served in various leadership positions in the 163rd Fighter Squadron, culminating in his selection for squadron command in 2006. He commanded the 122nd Operations Group, leading the flying organization through conversion from the F-16C Fighting Falcon to the A-10C Thunderbolt II. Prior to assuming his current position, Col. Stohler was the State Director of Operations of the Indiana Air National Guard at Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Col. Stohler is a command pilot with over 4,100 hours in the F-16 and A-10 aircraft. He served in multiple combat deployments, logging 833 hours during 161 combat sorties in support of operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve, where he served as the first commander of the reactivated “Red Tails” of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group. Col. Stohler is currently a traditional “citizen soldier”; when he is not at the 122nd Fighter Wing, he works in the community as a commercial airline pilot.
1986 USAF Basic Training
1989 Bachelor of Science Degree – Cum Laude, Aerospace Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.
1990 Officer Training, Academy of Military Science, Knoxville ANG Base, Tenn.
1991 Undergraduate Pilot Training – Distinguished Graduate, Laughlin AFB, Texas
1992 F-16 Pilot Training- Distinguished Graduate, MacDill AFB, Fla.
1998 Squadron Officer School – correspondence
1999 USAF Fighter Weapons School Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2002 Air Command and Staff College – correspondence
2006 Air War College – correspondence
1. June 1986 – April 1990, F-4E Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
2. May 1990 – March 1992, Assistant Training Officer, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
3. March 1992 – May 1993, Assistant Weapons & Tactics Officer, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
4. June 1993 – June 1999, Weapons & Tactics Officer, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
5. June 1999 – September 2002, Assistant Flight Commander, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
6. September 2002 – October 2004, Assistant Director of Operations, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
7. October 2004 – June 2006, Plans Officer, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
8. July 2006 – August 2010, Commander, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
9. August 2010 – April 2016, Operations Group Commander, 122nd Operations Group, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
10. May 2016 – May 2017, Vice Wing Commander, 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
11. May 2017 – April 2018, State Director of Operations, Indiana ANG, Joint Forces Headquarters, Indianapolis, Ind.
12. April 2018 – Present, Commander, 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne ANG Base, Ind.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,100
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16 and A-10
Major Awards and Decorations
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Iraq Campaign Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Effective Dates of Promotion
Second Lieutenant April 30, 1992
First Lieutenant April 30, 1994
Captain April 30, 1996
Major Jan. 07, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel July 01, 2004
Colonel Aug. 25, 2010
(Current as of July 2018)