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Colonel Chris Lambert is the Vice Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The 19th Airlift Wing is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings while providing for the health and welfare of more than 12,000 personnel and families at Little Rock AFB. The 19th Airlift Wing, in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing, 913th Airlift Group and 29th Weapons Squadron, is the nation's "Center of Excellence" for C-130 tactical airlift.

Colonel Lambert was commissioned in 1995 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph AFB, Texas with subsequent flying assignments in Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, and Pacific Air Forces. He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Institute of Technology, Advanced Studies of Air Mobility course and is a Joint Qualified Officer with staff experience on the Headquarters United States Pacific Command J5 staff. Colonel Lambert has held numerous positions at the squadron, group, wing, and joint levels with previous command experience in the 573d Global Support Squadron, 621st Contingency Response Wing. He has taken part in a wide variety of global mobility missions and deployments including Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and many other contingency and humanitarian operations. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Chief of Resources, Requirements, and Readiness Division, Operations Directorate, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Colonel Lambert is a master navigator with more than 3,000 hours in the C-130E/H.

1995 Bachelor of Science degree in Behaviorial Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery Ala.
2002 Master’s Degree, Aerospace Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2007 Master’s Degree, Advanced Studies of Air Mobility, AFIT, WPAFB, Ohio.
2011 Air War College, by correspondence

1. November 1995 – June 1996, Undergraduate Navigator Training, VT-6, Pensacola NAS, Fla.
2. June 1996 – February 1997, Undergraduate Navigator Training, 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. February 1997 – April 2000, C-130E Navigator/Instructor Navigator, 61 AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. April 2000 – January 2001, C-130E Instructor Navigator/Training Officer, 463 OSS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
5. January 2001 – May 2003, C-130E FTU Instructor/Evaluator Navigator, 53 AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
6. May 2003 – April 2006, C-130H Instructor/Evaluator, 3 AW Executive Officer, 517 AS, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
7. April 2006 – June 2007, Student, Advanced Studies of Air Mobility, AEF Center, Fort Dix, N.J.
8. June 2007 – October 2008, Strategy/Policy Officer, Directorate of Strategic Planning, US Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.
9. October 2008 – May 2010, Executive Officer, Directorate of Strategic Planning and Policy, US Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.
10. May 2010 – April 2011, Assistant Director of Operations, 19th Operations Support Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
11. January 2011 – May 2011, Director of Operations, 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Balad Air Base, Iraq
12. May 2011 – March 2012, Director of Operations, 19th Operations Support Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
13. March 2012 – May 2012, Director of Staff, 615th Contingency Response Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
14. May 2012 – June 2013, Director of Operations, 573d Global Support Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
15. June 2013 – June 2015, Commander, 573d Global Support Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
16. June 2015 – June 2016, Director of Staff, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
17. June 2016 – July 2017, Division Chief, A3 Resources/Requirements/Readiness, AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
18. July 2017 – Present, Vice Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: More than 3,000 total hours
Aircraft flown: C-130E/H, T-43, T-34

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three devices
Air Medal with device
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with device
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with four devices
National Defense Service Medal with device
Kosovo Campaign Medal with device
Iraq Campaign Medal with device
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

Second Lieutenant          31 May 1995
First Lieutenant               31 May 1997
Captain                           31 May 1999
Major                               05 Aug 2005
Lieutenant Colonel          01 Jul 2010
Colonel                            01 Oct 2016

(Current as of July 2017)