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Lieutenant Colonel Lt. Col. James M. Law

Lieutenant Colonel James M. Law is the Commander of the 179th Operations Group, Ohio Air National Guard, Mansfield, Ohio.  The 179th Operations Group is comprised of more than 150 Air National Guard members flying and supporting the operations of eight assigned C-130H aircraft. As the commander, he is responsible for all aspects of the group in support of the Air Mobility Command and the 179th Airlift Wing’s worldwide airlift mission. 

Lt. Col Law joined Active Duty in 2000 and was stationed at Dover AFB as a Metal Technology specialist. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. In 2004, he joined the 911th Airlift Wing Air Reserve Station in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Seton Hill University in 2005 with a Master of Business Administration in Management. Later that year, Lt Col Law was selected to be a C-130H Navigator and graduated from Officer Training School (OTS) Maxwell AFB in 2006. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph AFB, Texas, followed by C-130E/H flight training at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. He returned to the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station in 2008 as a traditional reservist. In 2013, he joined the 179th Airlift Wing, assigned as a dual-status military technician Instructor Navigator on the C-130H aircraft. Lt Col Law served in a multitude of roles to include: Chief of Tactics, Chief Navigator, Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 164th Airlift Squadron Director of Operations and previously 179th Operations Support Squadron Commander. 

Lt. Col Law participated in multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, Inherent Resolve, and Spartan Shield. He has a Master Navigator rating with over 3200 hours in the T-43A and C-130E/H aircraft.



2000 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

2001 Associate of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force- Denver, CO

2003 Bachelor of Science, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2004 Airman Leadership School, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence

2005 Master of Business Administration, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA

2006 Officer Training School (OTS) Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL

2007 Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX

2008 FTU Qualified C-130H Navigator, Little Rock AFB, AR

2012 C-130H Instructor Navigator School, Little Rock AFB, AR

2013 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2016 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence

2020 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence




  1. May 2001 – November 2003, Metal Technology specialist, 436th AW, Dover AFB, DE
  2. November 2003 – February 2006, Metal Technology specialist, 911th Airlift Wing ARS Pittsburgh, PA
  3. July 2006 – July 2007, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX
  4. July 2007 –  August 2012, C-130H Navigator, 911th Airlift Wing ARS Pittsburgh, PA
  5. September 2012 – October 2013, C-130H Instructor Navigator, 910th Airlift Wing ARS Youngstown, OH
  6. November 2013 – October 2018, Chief of Tactics, 179th Operations Support Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio
  7. November 2018 – October 2019, Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 179th Operations Group, Mansfield, Ohio
  8. November 2019 – January 2021, Director of Operations, 164th Airlift Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio
  9. February 2021 – November 2021, Squadron Commander, 179th Operations Support Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio
  10. December 2021 – Present, Operations Group Commander, 179th Operations Group, Mansfield, Ohio






Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device

Combat Readiness Medal

AF Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

AF Longevity Service

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 'M' Devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

AF Training Ribbon

Ohio Commendation Medal

Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon            

Ohio Special Service Ribbon            



Airman Basic Sep. 26, 2000                

Airman Mar. 26, 2001

Airman First Class Jan. 26, 2002                      

Senior Airman Sept. 26, 2003                             

Staff Sergeant Nov. 1, 2004

Second Lieutenant May 18, 2006

First Lieutenant May 18, 2008

Captain May 18, 2010

Major June 16, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel June 21, 2019



(Current as of January 2022)