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Colonel Marc F. Stratton

2013 June 1

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Colonel Marc F. Stratton

37th TRW, IAAFAColonel Marc F. Stratton is the Commandant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for providing technical and military education training, primarily in Spanish, for more than 900 students annually to military forces and governmental agencies of 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries. IAAFA consists of 101 personnel in the 318 TRS, 837 TRS and Student Support Operations.

IAAFA’s curriculum includes more than 36 courses in aircraft and helicopter maintenance, intelligence, air base defense, information systems, logistics, International SOS and NCO PME, flight operations and Search and Rescue. The sole USAF security assistance institution of its kind, IAAFA’s facilities are also located at Kelly USA and Camp Bullis.

Colonel Stratton received his commission as a ROTC Distinguished Graduate. He served as Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group where he was responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and employing approximately 900 active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian Special Tactics special operations forces worldwide.

He has served as a Tactical Team Leader, Operations Officer, Director of Operations, and Special Tactics Squadron and Group Commander. He also served on the Air Staff. He has led Special Tactics and Combat Control forces conducting humanitarian assistance and combat operations during Operations SEA ANGEL, FIERY VIGIL, JOINT ENDEAVOR, as well as multiple tours of duty in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current assignment, Col Stratton was the Chief, Security Cooperation Officer and U.S. Defense Representative to the Ambassador, United States Embassy, Santiago, Chile. He was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. Cooperative Security Assistance and military to military contact programs and policy in Chile. Col Stratton is a combat diver and a Master static line and military freefall parachutist.

1984 Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University, Arizona
1984 Squadron Officer School, correspondence
1988 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
1995 Masters Degree in International Relations, Troy State University
1997 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2000 Joint Command and General Staff Course, Madrid, Spain
2002 Air War College, correspondence
2006 National War College, Washington DC


1. Jul 11 – Present, Commandant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy
2. Jul 08 – Jul 11, Chief, Security Cooperation Office, Santiago, Chile
3. Aug 06 – Jul 08, Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida
4. Jul 05 – Jun 06, Student, National War College, Ft McNair, Washington D.C.
5. Jul 03 – Jul 05, Commander, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
6. Jul 02 – Jul 03, Commander, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
7. May 00 – Jul 02, Assistant Division Chief, Special Operations Division, HQ AF Pentagon, Washington D.C.
8. Jun 99 – May

00, Student, Escuela Superior de las Fuerzas Armadas Españolas, Madrid, Spain
9. Jun 98 – Jun 99, Director of Operations, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida
10. May 96 – Jun 98, Commander, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
11. Jul 95 – May 96, Director of Operations, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
12. Feb 94 – Jul 95, Flight Commander, 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
13. Jul 93 – Feb 94, Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio, Monterey, California
14. Mar 93 – Jul 93, Flight Chief, HQ AFSOC/XPF, Hurlburt Field, Florida
15. Nov 91- Feb 93, Assistant Director of Operations, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
16. Jan 90 – Nov 91, Commander, Det 2, 1723d Special Tactics Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
17. Dec 87 – Jan 90, Director of Operations, Det 2, 1723d Combat Control Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
18. Jun 85 – Dec 87, Combat Control Officer, 1721st Combat Control Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
19. Nov 84 – Jun 85, Student, Combat Control pipeline, Various


Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit Medal
Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Iraq Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Bronze Cross Medal from the Republic of the Philippines
NATO Medal

Rating: Master Military Freefall and Static Line Jumpmaster
Parachute Jumps: >250
Parachute Wings from: Thailand, Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela

Second Lieutenant 17 Aug 1984
First Lieutenant 17 Aug 1986
Captain 17 Aug 1988
Major 1 Jun 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Feb 2001
Colonel 1 Mar 2006

(Current as of July 2011)

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