Saturday, November 16 at 8:00am.
No RSVP Needed
Speaker: Colonel Wesley Cockman
Col. Wesley E. “Wes” Cockman is the mobilization assistant to the 13th Air Force Vice Commander, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. In this capacity, Colonel Cockman supports the vice commander and other 13th Air Force senior leaders in the command, control and execution of air, space and information operations capabilities across the full range of military operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, excluding the Korea theater of operations.
Colonel Cockman entered the Air Force on active duty through Officer Training School after graduating from Southern Wesleyan University in 1978. He completed pilot training the following year and has served in a variety of flying and staff assignments. Colonel Cockman is a command pilot with more than 2,600 flying hours in T-37, A/T-38, F-111A/E and F-117 aircraft. Following his active duty operational assignments flying these aircraft, he joined the Air Force Reserves in 1994 as an F-16 test project officer assigned to the 57th Test Group, Nellis AFB, Nev. In 1995, Colonel Cockman served on the Air Staff as a combat forces requirements officer primarily responsible for the F-117 program. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the senior reserve individual mobilization augmentee to the Director, Directorate of Joint Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space, and Cyberspace Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
During 2008, Colonel Cockman deployed as the Deputy Director, Air Component Coordination Element to Multi-National Force – Iraq. He served as the Combined Forces Air Component Commander representative to MNF-I Strategic Operations, integrating and coordinating air component operations supporting MNF-I joint campaign plan objectives. During August 2010, Colonel Cockman served as the 13th Air Expeditionary Squadron Commander for Operation PACIFIC ANGEL in Sri Lanka leading a joint, combined Humanitarian Assistance mission providing medical and engineering expertise in coordination with the Sri Lankan Army, Air Force and the US Embassy. In his civilian capacity, Colonel Cockman is a United Airlines B-777 instructor/evaluator pilot at the United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver, CO.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to Colonel April 1, 2005