|COLONEL SAMUEL C. "BO" MAHANEY|
Colonel Samuel Mahaney is Commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The wing is the Air Force Reserve's largest and only unit-equipped air mobility wing, with nine C-17s, 15 KC-135Rs and some 4,000 reservists.
Colonel Mahaney was commissioned in July 1985 as a Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has served as a B-52 electronic warfare officer, KC-10 aircraft commander, C- 5 pilot, C-9A evaluator pilot, chief of a wing standardization/Evaluation division, airlift Squadron Operations Officer, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander and is currently qualified as both a C-17 and KC-135 pilot. In addition, he was a Harvard National Security Fellow, Georgetown Legislative Fellow and legislative liaison. Colonel Mahaney is also a licensed attorney. In 2010, Missouri University of Science and Technology awarded him an honorary professional degree (based on faculty nominations where recipients' professional achievements are a credit to the University) in history. His experience spans a wide variety of aviation functions, duties at the Air Force Headquarters, and congressional liaison duties with the United States Congress. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours.
1985 Bachelor of Arts, History, Missouri University of Science and Technology
1986 United States Air Force Navigator Training, Air Training Command
1987 United States Air Force Electronic Warfare School, Air Training Command
1988 Master of Public Administration, Troy University
1991 United States Air Force Pilot Training, Air Training Command
1992 United States Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air University
2000 Juris Doctor, St. Louis University
2004 Capitol Hill Fellowship, Georgetown University
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Air University
2006 Air War College, Air University
2008 National Security Fellowship, Harvard University
2011 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College
1. January 1986 - December 1986, United States Air Force Navigator/Electronic Warfare Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. January 1987 - June 1987, B-52G Combat Crew Training Initial Qualification Training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. June 1987 - March 1990, B-52G electronic warfare officer/safety officer, Eaker AFB, Ark.
4. March 1990 - March 1991, United States Air Force Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
March 1991 - October 1994, KC-10 aircraft commander, tactics officer, 344th Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. October 1994 - April 1997, 11th Airlift Squadron Standardization/Evaluation, chief of training, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. April 1997 - October 1997, 375th Operations Group Standardization/Evaluation, chief, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. October 1997 - August 2003, Operations Officer (GS-14), Evaluator Pilot, Instructor Pilot, 73rd Airlift Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. December 2003 - January 2005, Legislative Fellow of the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Committee for Defense, U.S. House of Representatives
9. January 2005 - July 2006, Deputy Chief, Strategy and Congressional Engagement Division, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C
10. July 2006 - July 2007, Congressional Engagement Program Manager, Directorate for Reserve Policy Integration, Office of the Air Force Reserve, Air Force Headquarters, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. July 2007 - July 2008, National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
12. July 2008 - June 2010, Chief of Unified Budget and Legislation Process for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and Assistant Director of Manpower Requirements and Programs, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. January 2009 - September 2010, adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
14. September 2010-October 2011, 439th Operations Group commander, Westover ARB, Mass.
15. October 2011-July 2012, 459th Air Refueling Wing, commander, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
16. July 2012-Present, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, commander, March ARB, Calif.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 5,150
Aircraft flown: B-52, T-37, T-38, KC-10, C-9, C-5 and KC-135
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one "M" Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Reserve Officers Association
Harvard Veterans Alumni Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, Oct. 16, 1985
First Lieutenant, Oct. 16, 1987
Captain, Oct. 16, 1989
Major, Oct. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel, Sept. 4, 2003
Colonel, July 2, 2007
(Current as of April 2013)