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Colonel David (DC) Cochran is the Commander of the 167th Airlift, West Virginia Air National Guard, Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Martinsburg, West Virginia, a strategic airlift unit flying the C-17A Globemaster III airplane.  He is responsible for the training and equipping of over 1100 military members and the execution of world-wide missions in support of National and State taskings.

Colonel Cochran was commissioned in May 1989 through the United States Air Force Academy.  In November 1990 he graduated from Pilot Training at Vance AFB, OK, and went on to fly the C-130E/H3 at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, with a follow-on assignment to the C-21 at Andrews AFB, Maryland.  After departing active service in 1998 he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard.  He is a command pilot with over 6,500 hours in the C-130E/H3, C-21, C-5A and C-17 aircraft.  Colonel Cochran has served in a variety of operational assignments, contingency operations, and augmented National Guard Bureau staff.  He has leadership and combat experience in several major contingency operations and has flown combat sorties in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN. 

He has served the 167th Airlift Wing as deputy commander of both the Operations Group and Maintenance Group.  He has also acted as commander for the 167th Operations Support Flight, 167th Airlift Squadron, logistics commander for the 167th Maintenance Group and vice commander of the 167th Airlift Wing.


1989    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, United State Air Forces Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

1995    Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2004    Master of Science, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2004    Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.

2008    Air War College, by correspondence


1.    September 1989—November 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Enid, Okla.

2.    December 1990—March 1991, C-130E Initial Qualification Training, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

3.    April 1991—December 1991, Pilot, C-130E, 50 Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

4.    January 1991—June 1992, Pilot, C-130E, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

5.    July 1992—May 1993, Aircraft Commander, C-130E, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

6.    June 1993—October 1994, Tactics Officer, C-130H3, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

7.    November 1994–May 1995, Deputy Flight Commander, C-21, 457th Airlift Squadron, Andrews, AFB Md.

8.    June 1995–November 1995, Flight Commander, C-21, 457th Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md.

9.    December 1995–October 1998, C-21-Chief Standardization/Evaluation, 89th Operations Group, Andrews AFB, Md.

   10.   November 1998–December 2000, Aircraft Commander C-130H3, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, W.Va.

   11.   January 2001–May 2004, Assistant Flight Commander, C-130H3, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, W.Va.

   12.   June 2004–May 2006, Flight Commander, C-130H3, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, W.Va.

   13.   June 2006–October 2006, Operational Support Flight Commander, 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va.

   14.   November 2006–September 2011, Squadron Commander, C-5A, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, W.Va.

   15.   October 2011–August 2012, Operations Group Deputy Commander, 167th Operation Group, Martinsburg, W.Va.


16.   September 2012—December 2012, Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, 167th Maintenance, Martinsburg, W.Va.

17.   January 2013—September 2013, Logistics Commander, 167th Maintenance Group, Martinsburg, W.Va.

18.   October 2013—October 2018, Vice Commander, 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va.

19.   October 2018—Present, Commander, 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va.



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 7100

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-130E, C-130H3, C-21A, C-5A, C-17



Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Medal  

Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal   

Air Force Achievement Medal  

Meritorious Unit Award   

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters with Valor device

Combat Readiness Medal with nine oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star  

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal   

Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal   

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal  

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal   

Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Short

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border   

Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device  

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon   

Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  



Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989

First Lieutenant May 31, 1991

Captain May 31, 1993

Major May 31, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel October 2, 2005

Colonel October 2, 2013


(Current as of October 2018)