Col. Brant A. Putnam
(DoD Liaison to Chairman’s Circle)
162nd Wing Morris Air National Guard Base
Col Brant A. Putnam is the Commander, 162d Wing with operations at Morris Air National Guard Base, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Libby Army Airfield, Arizona. He is responsible for wing leadership in the management of more than 1,800 members of the Air National Guard’s largest F-16 and Remote Piloted Aircraft Wing. The wing maintains 72 F-16 Fighting Falcons to train U.S. and partner nation F-16 pilots and provide 24/7 immediate response operations in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. In addition, the wing executes remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper missions in support of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and combat operations worldwide. The 162d Wing also provides support to the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center missions.
Col Putnam started his military career as an enlisted member at the 162d Fighter Wing. Shortly after, he was selected for Officer Candidate School. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Following pilot training and F-16C training, he was assigned to the New York Air National Guard in Syracuse, New York where he participated in Operation Northern Watch and served as a squadron scheduler and assistant weapons officer. He transferred from the New York Air National Guard back to the 162d Fighter Wing in October of 1996. Col Putnam is a command pilot with over 4,000 flight hours in nearly every block of the F-16 to include blocks 15, 25, 32, 42 and 52. Prior to assuming his current position, Col Putnam was the 162d Operations Group Commander.