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COLONEL ANTHONY P. "TONY" BRUSCA

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Col. Anthony P. “Tony” Brusca is the Deputy Commander of the 913th Airlift Group, Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB), Ark. The Group reports to 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Activated July 2014, the Group provides C-130 combat airlift capability on a world-wide scale, and is currently in a Classic Association with the active duty 19th Airlift Wing as part of the Air Force Total Force Integration initiative.  The Group is comprised of more than 500 members.

Colonel Brusca has served tours of duty at Barksdale AFB, La., and McConnell AFB, Kan.  During these assignments he deployed to numerous locations in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, VIGILANT WARRIOR, DENY FLIGHT, DECISIVE ENDEVOUR, ALLIED FORCE NOBLE ANVIL, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NOBLE EAGLE, and UNIFIED PROTECTOR. He has also served as the commander of the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he received his commission through ROTC. Colonel Brusca is a command pilot and senior navigator with more than 4,600 hours in the KC-135 and C-130.


EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Notre Dame, IN.
1993 Combat Flight Instructor Course, Castle AFB, CA.
1994 Joint Employment Tactics School, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
1995 Squadron Officers School - Residence/Correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL.
1999 Master of Arts, History, Wichita State University, KS.
2002 Air Command and Staff College - by correspondence
2008 Air War College - by correspondence
2012 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2012 Leadership Today and Tomorrow Course, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. 1990 - 1991, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, 323rd Flying Training Wing, Mather AFB, CA.
2. 1991 - 1993, Navigator, 71st Air Refueling Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA.
3. 1993 - 1994, Instructor Navigator, Aircrew Training Branch, 71st Air Refueling Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA.
4. 1994 - 1996, Stan/Eval Navigator, Chief Squadron Tactics, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
5. 1996 - 1997, Wing Flight Scheduler, Instructor Navigator, 22nd Operations Support Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
6. 1997 - 1999, Long Range Scheduler, Instructor Navigator, 18th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
7. 1999 - 2000, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, OK.
8.  2000 - 2006, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, 18th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
9.  2006 - 2007, Flight Commander, 18th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
10. 2007, Operations Officer, 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey
11.  2007 - 2009, Chief Pilot, 18th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
12. 2010, Commander, 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
13. 2009 - 2012, Commander, 18th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS.
14. 2012 - 2013, Deputy Chief, Standardization and Evaluation Section, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell AFB, KS.
15. 2013 - 2014, Deputy Commander, 22 Air Force Detachment 1, Little Rock AFB, AR.
16. 2014 - Present, Deputy Commander, 913th Airlift Group, Little Rock AFB, AR.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot and Senior Navigator

Flight Hours: More than 4,600

Aircraft Flown: T-43A, T-37B, T-1A, KC-135A, KC-135R, C-130H and C-130J

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and seven oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 3 'M' Devices and Hour Glass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon
NATO Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant   October, 1989
First Lieutenant    October, 1991
Captain    October, 1993
Major     October, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel   August, 2007
Colonel    October, 2012

(Current as of  April 2017)