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Colonel John Schutte is the Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.  As the installation commander, Colonel Schutte leads the "Home of Combat Airlift."  He works in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing (AETC), 189th Airlift Wing (ANG), 913th Airlift Wing (AFRC), and 29th Weapons Squadron (ACC) in all aspects of C-130 training.  As commander, Colonel Schutte is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the personnel who operate, maintain, and sustain more than 62 C-130 aircraft.  The wing provides combat-ready forces to meet combatant commanders' requirements globally.  He ensures support for combat, contingency, and humanitarian requirements around the world while providing for the health and welfare of more than 9,000 personnel and families at Little Rock AFB.

Colonel Schutte received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating from the University of Virginia. His assignments include operational and staff tours at United States Air Forces in Europe, the Pentagon, Pacific Air Forces, and U.S. Air Forces Central Command.  Operationally, he has participated in Operations JOINT FORGE, JOINT GUARDIAN, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, TOMODACHI, and the Pan Sahel Initiative.  Colonel Schutte previously commanded the 386th EOSS in Southwest Asia.  While in command, he re-established a military-to-military relationship with the Iraq Air Force and helped lead the wing to its first-ever participation in a multinational exercise.  He has also served as a strategist in the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG), providing the Chief with advice and information on the strategic environment and other topics of interest to support him in his role as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Schutte was Vice Commander, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, which trains C-130 aircrew members from across the Department of Defense and 47 partner nations.  He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


  • 1999 Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  • 1999 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2004 Master of Arts in International Relations, Oklahoma University, Okla.
  • 2006 Master of Arts in Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2007 Air Force Intern Program – IDE Credit, Washington, D.C.
  • 2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2012 Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2013 Air War College, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2016 Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 2017 Advanced Study Group PhD Program – SDE Credit


  • September 1999 - February 2000, Awaiting Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (JSNUT),116th Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
  • February 2000 - November 2000, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (JSUNT), 562d Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • November 2000 - July 2001, Student, 53d Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
  • July 2001 - July 2005, C-130E Instructor and Evaluator Navigator and Operations Group Executive Officer, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
  • July 2005 - July 2007, Junior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, then Action Officer in Skunkworks, A5XS, Air Force Intern, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • July 2007 - November 2008, Country Director, Middle East and Africa Division, International Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • November 2008 – July 2011, C-130H Instructor Navigator, Chief Navigator, Wing Executive Officer and then Director of Staff, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan
  • July 2011 – July 2012, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • July 2012 – June 2013, Airpower Strategist, Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Strategic Studies Group, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • June 2013 – June 2014, Commander, 386th Operations Support Squadron, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait
  • June 2014 – June 2017, Ph.D. Student and then Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • June 2017 – June 2019, Vice Commander, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
  • June 2019 – Present, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.


  • Rating: Senior Navigator
  • Flight Hours: More than 1,600
  • Aircraft Flown: C-130E/H


  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Combat Action Medal
  • Company Grade Officer of the Year, 86th Operations Group and 86th Airlift Wing
  • SAF/IA Team of the Year Award
  • Air Force Historical Association (AFHA) award for best SAASS history thesis of AY 2011-2012


  • Second Lieutenant     July 11, 1999
  • First Lieutenant          July 11, 2001
  • Captain                      July 11, 2003
  • Major                          June 1, 2009
  • Lieutenant Colonel     November 1, 2012
  • Colonel                       May 1, 2017

(Current as of June 2019)