Colonel Kenneth Kmetz is the Commander of the 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group, Ohio Air National Guard, Mansfield, Ohio. He is responsible for the generation of safe, reliable C-130H aircraft and expeditionary Airmen to execute the Wing’s global airlift and combat missions.
Col. Kmetz enlisted in 1986 with the 179th Airlift Group, Civil Engineering Squadron as a firefighter. His experience includes service in Civil Engineering Squadron, Group First Sergeant, Group Staff Officer, Services Flight, Security Forces Squadron, Director of Personnel, and Aircraft Maintenance. After graduating from The Ohio State University Summa Cum Laude in 1998, he received his commission and served as the 179th Support Group Executive Officer. In 2000, Col. Kmetz assumed command of the 179th Services Flight that was named the 2003 ANG’s Services Flight of the Year and earned an “Excellent” rating on their AMC Unit Compliance Inspection. In 2004, he assumed command of the 179th Security Forces Squadron. In 2005, he became the 179th’s Director of Personnel and led the conversion to the Force Support Squadron and his organization earned the 2008 Gerrit Foster Jr. Outstanding MPF Achievement Award. Col. Kmetz became the 179th Airlift Wing’s Maintenance Group Deputy Commander and led L3 Contract Maintenance teams on the C-27J Spartan. Further, he led the bridge mission in performing Isochronal Inspections on C-130Hs, achieved an “Outstanding” rating during the AMC IG LCAP, and led conversion efforts to the C-130H2 aircraft. As the 121st Maintenance Group Commander, he was responsible for safe generation of 12 KC-135R aircraft and the readiness of more than 300 maintainers. At the 121st, he enabled “Global Reach” in support of multiple expeditionary mobilizations, the delivery of more than 55 million pounds of fuel, and an “Effective” rating during the Group’s first Unit Effectiveness Inspection. As the 179th Maintenance Group Commander, he has led the transition from C-130H2s to C-130H1s aircraft in coordination with multiple modifications. He also led the Group to an “Effective” rating during its first AMC Unit Effectiveness Capstone.
1994 Associate in Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force, Air University
1997 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Ira C. Eaker College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The Ohio State University, Summa Cum Laude
1999 Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, Tenn.
2001 Services Initial Skills SVS 101 and Mortuary Affairs Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2006 USAF Squadron Officer School, in-residence at Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 USAF Air Command Staff College, by correspondence
2013 Senior Leadership Maintenance Course, Andrews AFB, Md.
2014 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2016 USAF Air War College, by correspondence
1. December 1986 – June 1987, Firefighter, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
2. June 1997 – February 1999, First Sergeant, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
3. February 1999 – November 2000, Support Group Executive Officer, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
4. November 2000 – May 2004, Services Flight Commander, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
5. May 2004 – November 2005, Security Forces Commander, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
6. November 2005 – February 2012, Director of Personnel, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
7. February 2012 – January 2015, Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
8. January 2015 – March 2017, Maintenance Group Commander, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Columbus, Ohio
9. March 2017 – Present, Maintenance Group Commander, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Distinguished Graduate, Academy of Military Science – 1999
Company Grade Officer of the Year, Ohio ANG, 179th Airlift Wing – 2000
Family Liaison of the Year, Ohio National Guard – 2007
Distinguished Graduate, Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course – 2014
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant February 26, 1999
First Lieutenant February 26, 2001
Captain February 26, 2003
Major February 36, 2007
Lieutenant Colonel October 15, 2013
Colonel June 18, 2017
(Current as of Jun 2017)