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Director of Staff – Idaho Air National Guard

Col Carpenter


Director of Staff – Idaho Air National Guard

Col Kyle E. Carpenter is the Director of Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Idaho Air National Guard. He serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General and/or Assistant Adjutant on a broad range of matters concerning the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. Col Carpenter is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the diversified functions including Logistics, Information Systems, Manpower and Personnel, Public Affairs, Recruiting and Retention, 266th Range Squadron, and medical and State emergency responses. He coordinates with the Idaho Army National Guard senior leadership on joint programs and activities within the State of Idaho. He also coordinates special Air National Guard programs and initiatives, such as Diversity, Family Support, Employer Support and National Guard Bureau State Partnership Programs. Col Carpenter also oversees the development, execution and evaluation of programs and policies pertaining to the command, control and operation of the Idaho Air National Guard.

Col Carpenter was commissioned into the Active Duty Air Force in May of 1995 after graduating from the US Air Force Academy. He next served 8 years in the active duty, flying C-130’s at Pope Air Force Base and Little Rock AFB, as an instructor navigator. He completed his active duty service while at Little Rock AFB and transitioned to the Idaho Air National Guard in January of 2003 where he joined the 189th Airlift Squadron. He subsequently became a C-130 pilot in the unit and, in 2008, transferred to the 190th Fighter Squadron to fly the A-10. Col Carpenter has deployed in support of operations JOINT FORGE, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Col Carpenter served as the commander, 124th Operational Support Squadron. In 2016, he departed Idaho for Maryland where he served on the Headquarters ANG Air Staff as a combat Air Forces Programmer in A8 and as the Branch chief of Combatant Commanders Exercises and International Affairs in A3 in the ANG Readiness Center at Andrews AFB. Col Carpenter is a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering within the state of Idaho. He has worked as an engineer for the Idaho Army National Guard for the last 12 years and is currently their chief of environmental management. Prior to his current position, the Col was the Chief of Wing Plans for the 124 FW.

1995 Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, US Air Force Academy
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

1. August 1995 – December 1996, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air
Force Base, Texas
2. January 1997 – August 1997, C-130 Qualification Training, 62nd Training Squadron, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock
AFB, Arkansas
3. August 1997– August 2000, C-130 Instructor Navigator, 2nd AS, 43rd AW, Pope AFB, N.C.
4. September 2000 – December 2002, C-130 FTU Instructor/Evaluator, 62nd TS, 314th AW, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
5. January 2003 – October 2004, C-130 Instructor Navigator, 189th Airlift Squadron, 124th Wing, Boise, Idaho
6. November 2004 – December 2005, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB,
7. February 2006 – August 2006, C-130 Pilot Qualification Course, 62nd TS, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB,
8. September 2006 – October 2007, C-130 Pilot, 189th AS, 124th Fighter Wing, Boise, Idaho
9. November 2007 – March 2008, T-38 Qual/Introduction to Fighter Fund., 14th FTW, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
10. April 2008 – October 2008, A-10 Qualification Course, 358th Fighter Training Squadron, 355th FW, Davis-Monthan
AFB, Arizona
11. November 2008 – August 2013, Flight Lead, Flight Commander, 190th Fighter Squadron, 124th FW, Boise, Idaho
12. September 2013 – July 2014, A3 Director of Operations, IDANG Air Staff, Boise, ID
13. August 2014 – February 2016, Commander, 124th OSS, 124th FW, Boise, Idaho
14. February 2016 – August 2017, Combat Forces Programmer, A8, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base
Andrews, Maryland
15. August 2017 – August 2018, Branch Chief Combatant Commander Exercises and International Affairs, A3, ANGRC,
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
16. August 2018 – August 2019, Chief of Wing Plans, 124th FW, Boise, Idaho
17. August 2019 – Present, Director of Staff, Idaho ANG, Boise, Idaho.

Rating: Senior Pilot, Senior Navigator
Flight Hours: More than 2,500 Navigator hrs. & 1,530 Pilot hrs. in A-10s & C-130s
Aircraft Flown: T-6, T-1, T-38C, A-10A/A+/C, C-130E/H

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Award

2005 Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Flying Training Class 06-03, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2006 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Pilot Qualification Training, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

Licensed Engineer, Association of Idaho Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 2013-2019
National Guard Association of the United States

Second Lieutenant May 31, 1995
First Lieutenant May 31, 1997
Captain May 31, 1999
Major June 8, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel June 8, 2010
Colonel September 30, 2020

(Current as of November 2020)

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