COLONEL CAMERON S. PRINGLE
Colonel Cameron S. Pringle is the Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. As commander, he serves as the senior officer responsible for leading the premier Global Hawk wing comprised of three groups, 14 squadrons, and three detachments, executing a budget of $70 million, and employing aircraft and equipment valued at $3.8 billion. The wing trains, deploys and redeploys over 1,400 Airmen in support of Air Expeditionary Force and combatant commander requirements. It also provides facilities and equipment support for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection. The wing is also only one of two locations worldwide operating the High Frequency Global Communications System, providing operational support of senior leader communications for all Department of Defense agencies, including the President of the United States. In addition, the wing provides logistics, civil engineering, contracting, communications, medical, security, and force support functions along with facilities and equipment valued at $1.2 billion.
Colonel Pringle entered the Air Force in 1996 as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in various positions on the Joint Staff and the Air Staff and was a distinguished graduate from the USAF Weapons School. In 2008, he attended the Indonesian Air Command & Staff College in Lembang, Indonesia and also graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2015. Colonel Pringle has commanded successfully at the Squadron and Group Level.
Colonel Pringle is a command pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time in various aircraft including the F-16, F-117, MQ-1 and MQ-9. He has over 170 combat hours and combat support time flying in various operations in Africa, the Balkans, Korea and the Middle-East.
1996 Bachelor of Science in Political Science, US Air Force Academy, Colo.
1997 Master of Arts in Political Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Indonesian Language Course, Defense Language Institute,Monterey, Calif. 2008 Indonesian Air Command and Staff College, Lembang, Indonesia
2011 Air War College, Maxwell AFB,Ala., by correspondence
2015 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, NavalWar College, Newport, R.I.
1. July 1996 - August 1997, AFIT Student, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
2. September 1997 - September 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
3. January 1998 - October 1999, Student F-16 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. October 1999 - November 2002, Pilot, 510th, Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy
5. January 2003 - November 2006, F-117 Instructor Pilot, 8th and 9th Fighter Squadrons, Holloman AFB, N.M.
6. November 2006 - July 2007, Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
7. August 2007 - November 2008, Student, Indonesian Air Command and Staff College, Lembang, Indonesia
8. December 2008 - July 2009, Strategic Planner, HQ USAF Strategic Planning Directorate, Washington, D.C.
9. July 2009 - July 2011, Chief, Exercise Branch, HQ USAF Programs Directorate, Washington, D.C.
10. August 2011 - October 2011, Student, MQ-1 Replacement Training Unit, Holloman AFB, N.M.
11. October 2011 - May 2012, Director of Operations, 432 Operations Support Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
12. May 2012 - May 2014, MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot and Commander, 42d Attack Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
13. June 2014 - June 2015, Student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
14. June 2015 - June 2017, Lead Observer/Trainer, Joint Staff J7, Deployable Training Division, Suffolk, Va.
15. July 2017 – July 2018, Commander, 409th Air Expeditionary Group, Niamey, Niger
16. July 2018 – June 2019, Deputy Director of Operations (A3-2), HQ Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
17. June 2019- Present, Commander, 319th Reconnaissance Wing, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2015 - June 2017, Lead Observer/Trainer, Joint Staff J7, Deployable Training Division, Suffolk, Va., as a lieutenant colonel
Rating: Command Pilot
Hours: More than 2,000 including more than 170 combat and combat support hours
Aircraft Flown: F-16, F-117, MQ-1 and MQ-9
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
NATO Medal with bronze star device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major April 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2010
Colonel March 1, 2017
(Current as of June 2019)