Col 179AW MSG Commander COL TROY A. CRAMER


Col. Troy A. Cramer is the 179th Airlift Wing Mission Support Group Commander, Air National Guard, Mansfield, Ohio. As the 179th AW MSG Commander, he leads a diverse team of civil engineers and firefighters, communication specialists, logistics readiness, security forces, personnel specialists and food service professionals supporting our Federal, State and Community Missions.

He joined the 179th AW in December 1990 as an Environmental Technologist, assigned to the 179 AW Civil Engineering Squadron. Col. Cramer received his commission, as a 2nd Lt. in May 1997, as a Personnel Officer in the Military Personnel Flight. In November 2005, he assumed his first command position as the Military Personnel Flight Commander and later assumed command as the Force Support Squadron Commander in May 2009. He served as the Force Support Squadron Commander until February 2012 when he was selected as the 179th AW Deputy Medical Group Commander, serving until August 2019, before transitioning into his current role as the 179th Mission Support Group Commander.    

Col. Cramer graduated from Bowling Green State University in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.  In 1996 he obtained full time employment as a dual-status military technician as the full-time 179th AW Base Environmental Manager and a military assignment as a Personnel Officer in the Military Personnel Flight.  As the Base Environmental Manager he received national recognition for his accomplishments and was recognized as the Environmental Manager of the Year in 2012.  He obtained a Master of Science Degree in 1998 from the University of Findlay and later a Master of Business Administration, also from the University of Findlay, in 2013.  He accepted a position as the full-time Medical Administrative Officer in March 2012 and a military assignment as the Deputy Medical Group Commander.  Col. Cramer completed a one-year ADOS tour at Andrews AFB in 2016, where he functioned as the ANG Innovative Readiness Program Manager, managing over $5MM in OASD funds and significantly reduced application processing times, enabling enhanced readiness skills training for ANG units.  Throughout his career he has been recognized at many levels for his innovate accomplishments and elected by his peers to serve on various Field Advisory Councils.  In 2014, he and the 179th AW Medical Group was recognized for their innovative accomplishments and cutting edge approach in patient care.  While serving as the Military Personnel Flight Commander, the organization was recognized by Air Mobility Command with the Gerrit Foster Outstanding MPF of the Year Award in 2008.  In 1998, Col Cramer was selected as the State of Ohio Outstanding 2nd Lieutenant of the Year.

1995 Bachelor of Science, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
1997 Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, McGee Tyson, Tenn.
1998 Master of Science, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
2004 United States Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Master of Business Administration, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
2014 United States Air Force Air War College, Montgomery Ala., by correspondence
1.  December 1990 – March 1997, Environmental Technologist, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
2.  May 1997 – November 2005, Personnel Officer, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
3.  November 2005 – May 2009, Military Personnel Flight Commander, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
4.  May 2009 – March 2012, Force Support Squadron Commander, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
5.  March 2012 – October 2015, Deputy Medical Group Commander, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
6.  November 2015 – August 2016, ANG Innovative Readiness Training Program Manager, Andrews AFB, Md.
7.  August 2016 – August 2019, Deputy Medical Group Commander, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
8.  August 2019 – Present, Mission Support Group Commander, 179th AW, Mansfield, Ohio
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with three devices
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two devices
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with six devices
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service with four devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hour glass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device
Air Force Training Ribbon
Indoor Air Quality Association
Institute of Hazardous Material Managers Association
National Guard Association
Ohio National Guard Officer Association
Second Lieutenant May 2, 1997       
First Lieutenant May 1, 1999            
Captain May 1, 2001          
Major May 3, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 4, 2009
Colonel, Sep. 4, 2019
(Current as of January 2020)
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