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Colonel Steven B. Parker is Commander, 340th Flying Training Group (U.S. Air Force Reserve), Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. In this role, he is responsible for the overall success of Air Education and Training Command and Air Force Reserve Command Reserve Instructor Program, which trains and provides experienced pilots and jump masters to augment Air Education and Training Command's instructor force. Colonel Parker commands over 550 personnel in six squadrons, located at bases throughout the United States. The 340th reports to Air Force Reserve Command during peacetime and to Nineteenth Air Force (Air Education and Training Command) in the event of mobilization.

Colonel Parker entered the Air Force in 1986 upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. Following pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned as an F-15 pilot at Holloman AFB, NM. Colonel Parker flew the F-15 operationally at Holloman AFB and Eglin AFB, and also flew the T-37 at Reese AFB and the T-38 at Randolph AFB. After serving 14 years on Active Duty, Colonel Parker joined the Air Force Reserve in 2000 and has served as a traditional reservist supporting AETC as an associate instructor pilot at Columbus AFB and as an active duty reservist at HQ AFRC and HQ PACAF.

Prior to his selection as Commander, Colonel Parker was the Reserve Advisor to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii where he advised the HQ PACAF and Kenney HQ staff on all matters related to the utilization, mobilization and employment of AFRC forces gained by combatant commanders in the Pacific theater. Colonel Parker also served at HQ Air Force Reserve Command as Chief of Fighter, Bomber, Trainer and Unmanned Aerial Systems Programs and as Chief, Commander's Action Group. He assumed his current position in May of 2011.

Colonel Parker is a command pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time in fighter and trainer aircraft including combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch.

1986 Bachelor of Science, USAF Academy
1993 Squadron Officer School
2004 Air Command and Staff College
2007 Air War College
2008 Joint Services Staff Course
2009 Asia Pacific Orientation Course

Aug 1986 - Aug 1987, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, TX.
Sep 1987 - Nov 1987, Lead in Fighter Training, Holloman AFB, NM.
Dec 1987 - May 1988, F-15 Replacement Training Unit student, Tyndall AFB, FL.
May 1988 - Mar 1991, F-15 Pilot, Chief of Plans, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, NM.
Mar 1991 - May 1991, T-37 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, TX
May 1991 - Feb 1994, T-37 Flight Commander and Flight Examiner, 33rd Flying Training Squadron, Reese AFB, TX.
Mar 1994 - May 1994, F-15 Formal Training Unit student, Tyndall AFB, FL.
May 1994 - May 1997, F-15 Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, Flight Commander, 59th Fighter Squadron, Chief 33rd Fighter Wing Quality Assurance, Eglin AFB, FL.
May 1997 - Jul 2000, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, Flight Commander, Flight Examiner, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX.
Jul 2000 - Dec 2003, T-38 Instructor Pilot, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS.
Jan 2004 - Mar 2007, Chief of Fighter, Bomber, Trainer, and Unmanned Aerial Systems, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA.
Apr 2007 - Jun 2008, Chief, Commander's Action Group, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA.
Jul 2008 - Dec 2010, Reserve Advisor to Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI.
Jan 2011 - May 2011, Deputy Commander, 340th Flying Training Group, Randolph AFB, TX
May 2011 - Present, Commander, 340th Flying Training Group, Randolph AFB, TX

Rating: Command Pilot Military Flight Hours: 3500+
Aircraft Flown: F-15 A/C, T-38 A/C, T-37

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Distinguished graduate, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Class 88BBT

Second Lieutenant May 28, 1986
First Lieutenant May 28, 1988
Captain May 28, 1990
Major February 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel October 19, 2004
Colonel September 1, 2008

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