Colonel Colonel David L. Halasi-Kun, 104th Fighter Wing Commander

Colonel William T. Bladen

Colonel David L. Halasi-Kun is the Wing Commander, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts. In this role, he ensures the unit is mission ready and can effectively support the alert homeland defense and the expeditionary deployment missions for the 18 PAA F-15C/D Eagles and over 1000 military and civilian personnel. He is a Command Pilot with more than 2900 hours in the F-15C and has participated in combat/combat support deployments flying in Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Atlantic Resolve. Colonel Halasi-Kun is a full time pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and maintains instructor and evaluator pilot qualifications.  He is married to the former Gretchen Kamm and currently lives in Suffield, Connecticut.  He and his wife Gretchen have three children, Abby, Claire, and Luke.

 

EDUCATION:

1998  Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

2004  Squadron Officer School, in-residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

2011  Master of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2017  Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Distinguished Graduate, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

27 May 1998 Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant – United States Air Force Academy

Sep 1998 - Mar 1999 - Flight Test Engineer, 445th FTS, 412th TW, Edwards AFB, CA

Mar 1999 - May 2000 - Student Pilot SUPT, 90th FTS, 80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, TX

Aug 2000 - Sep 2000 - Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 49th FTS, 14th FTW, Columbus AFB, MS

Nov 2000 - May 2001 - F-15C Student Pilot, 2nd FS, 325th FW, RTU, Tyndall AFB, FL

Jun 2001 - Apr 2004 - F-15C Pilot, 390th FS, 366th FW, Mountain Home AFB, ID

May 2004 - Oct 2006 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 58th FS, 33rd FW, Eglin AFB, FL

Oct 2006 - Jan 2008 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 95th FS, 325th FW, Tyndall AFB, FL

Jan 2008 - Jul 2011 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 131st FS, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jul 2011 - Jul 2012 - Strategic Studies Group for Director Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Jul 2012 - Jun 2018 - Operations Officer, Commander, 131st FS, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2018 - Jun 2019 - Vice Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2019 - Jun 2020 - Mission Support Group Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2020 - Jun 2022 - Vice Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2022 – Present – Wing Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Command Pilot

F-15 Hours: 2900

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-15A/C/D/J

 

 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters                   

Air Medal                                                      

Aerial Achievement Medal                              

Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters           

Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster                

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 4 oak leaf clusters        

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Combat Readiness Medal                  

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Longevity Service with 4 oak leaf clusters

Small Arms Expert Ribbon (Pistol)

Air Force Training Ribbon

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant      27 May 1998

First Lieutenant          27 May 2000

Captain                      27 May 2002

Major                         01 Oct 2007

Lieutenant Colonel      13 Dec 2012

Colonel                      01 Sept 2018

                    

(Current as of 13 June 2022)

Colonel David L. Halasi-Kun is the Wing Commander, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts. In this role, he ensures the unit is mission ready and can effectively support the alert homeland defense and the expeditionary deployment missions for the 18 PAA F-15C/D Eagles and over 1000 military and civilian personnel. He is a Command Pilot with more than 2900 hours in the F-15C and has participated in combat/combat support deployments flying in Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Atlantic Resolve. Colonel Halasi-Kun is a full time pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard and maintains instructor and evaluator pilot qualifications.  He is married to the former Gretchen Kamm and currently lives in Suffield, Connecticut.  He and his wife Gretchen have three children, Abby, Claire, and Luke.

 

EDUCATION:

1998  Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

2004  Squadron Officer School, in-residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

2011  Master of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2017  Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Distinguished Graduate, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

27 May 1998 Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant – United States Air Force Academy

Sep 1998 - Mar 1999 - Flight Test Engineer, 445th FTS, 412th TW, Edwards AFB, CA

Mar 1999 - May 2000 - Student Pilot SUPT, 90th FTS, 80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, TX

Aug 2000 - Sep 2000 - Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 49th FTS, 14th FTW, Columbus AFB, MS

Nov 2000 - May 2001 - F-15C Student Pilot, 2nd FS, 325th FW, RTU, Tyndall AFB, FL

Jun 2001 - Apr 2004 - F-15C Pilot, 390th FS, 366th FW, Mountain Home AFB, ID

May 2004 - Oct 2006 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 58th FS, 33rd FW, Eglin AFB, FL

Oct 2006 - Jan 2008 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 95th FS, 325th FW, Tyndall AFB, FL

Jan 2008 - Jul 2011 - F-15C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 131st FS, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jul 2011 - Jul 2012 - Strategic Studies Group for Director Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Jul 2012 - Jun 2018 - Operations Officer, Commander, 131st FS, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2018 - Jun 2019 - Vice Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2019 - Jun 2020 - Mission Support Group Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2020 - Jun 2022 - Vice Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

Jun 2022 – Present – Wing Commander, 104th FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Rating: Command Pilot

F-15 Hours: 2900

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-15A/C/D/J

 

 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters                   

Air Medal                                                      

Aerial Achievement Medal                              

Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters           

Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster                

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 4 oak leaf clusters        

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Combat Readiness Medal                  

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Longevity Service with 4 oak leaf clusters

Small Arms Expert Ribbon (Pistol)

Air Force Training Ribbon

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant      27 May 1998

First Lieutenant          27 May 2000

Captain                      27 May 2002

Major                         01 Oct 2007

Lieutenant Colonel      13 Dec 2012

Colonel                      01 Sept 2018

                    

(Current as of 13 June 2022)