Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Gilbert is a Security Studies Program Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology responsible for providing Air Force perspective on topics surrounding international security, foreign policy and the application of military power. Prior to MIT, Colonel Gilbert was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command as Director of the Commander’s Action Group leading an elite team of action officers supporting the Commander in organizing, training and equipping combat forces numbering more than 1,300 aircraft, 98,000 personnel at over 170 operating locations worldwide. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert recently deployed as an F-22A Squadron Commander leading 205 personnel from the 95th Fighter Squadron to combat for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The squadron flew 1152 combat hours on 180 missions dropping 171 weapons on strategic Islamic State targets, earning multiple accolades for their actions including the 2015 Raytheon Trophy as the Top Fighter Squadron in the Air Force. Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert attended the Air Force Academy, receiving his commission in 1998. Over the years, he has served in positions at the Squadron, Group, and Wing levels at home and abroad in the European and Pacific theaters. Colonel Gilbert is a Command Pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15C/D and F-22A and holds two Master’s Degrees in Business and Operations Research.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald
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