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Colonel Rodney Neely is Vice Commander of the 167 Airlift, West Virginia Air National Guard, Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Martinsburg, WV, a strategic airlift unit flying the C-17A Globemaster III airplane.  He assists the commander in the training and equipping of over 1100 military members and the execution of world-wide missions in support of National and State taskings. 

Colonel Neely began his military career by enlisting in the West Virginia Army National Guard in April 1986, where he served as a metalworker. He was commissioned through Army ROTC into the Army Corp of Engineers in the West Virginia Army National Guard in May 1989. In 1997 Colonel Neely was selected as an air technician and transferred to the West Virginia Air National Guard.  He held command positions in Services Flight, Civil Engineering and deployed to Afghanistan as a Mission Support Group Deputy Commander. He served as the 167th Mission Support Group commander prior to his current position.


1990 Bachelor of Science in Engineering of Mines, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV                 

2002 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2012 Air War College, by correspondence



April 1986-November 1987, Metalworker, 119th Engineer Company, Clarksburg, WV

November 1987-May 1989, ROTC Cadet, 119th Engineer Company, Clarksburg, WV

May 1989-June 1997, Platoon Leader, 119th Engineer Company, Clarksburg and Buckhannon, WV

June 1997-January 1998, 167th Support Group Executive Officer, Martinsburg, WV

January 1998-March 1999, Commander, 167th Services Flight, Martinsburg, WV

March 1999-January 2006, OIC, Bioenvironmental Engineering Services, 167th Medical Group, Martinsburg, WV

January 2006-July 2008, Commander, 167th Civil Engineering Squadron, Martinsburg, WV

July 2008-January 2013, Deputy Commander, 167th Mission Support Group, Martinsburg, WV

April 2011-October 2011, Deputy Commander, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Bagram Air Field Afghanistan

January 2013-Present, Commander, 167th Mission Support Group, Martinsburg, WV



Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Short

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device

Air Force Small Arms Expert Ribbon with bronze star

Non-Article 5 NATO Medal



Second Lieutenant May 15, 1989

First Lieutenant  May 23, 1992

Captain May 23, 1996

Major April 24, 2001

Lieutenant Colonel April 24, 2008

Colonel Jan. 1, 2013


(Current as of October 2018)