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Biographies

Colonel MATTHEW M. BELLE

Colonel Matthew M. Belle is the Commander, 8th Operations Group, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. As Operations Group Commander, he is responsible for the conduct of conventional air-to-ground and air-to-air missions in support of armistice and wartime taskings to defend the Republic of Korea.

Colonel Belle received his Bachelor of Science degree and commission from Louisiana State University in 2002. Operationally, he has served as an F-16 fighter pilot, instructor pilot, and evaluator pilot. Colonel Belle has worked at the squadron, fighter wing and Combatant Command levels. He has participated in multiple overseas contingency including Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current position, he was the Operations Officer, Operations Directorate (J3), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii.

EDUCATION
2002 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, LSU, LA
2009 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Master of Business Administration, TUIU
2014 Master of Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2015 Masters of Philosophy in Military Strategy, SAASS, Maxwell AFB, AL
2019 Masters of National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, Ft McNair, Washington DC

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2002 - January 2003, pipeline student, Randolph AFB, TX
2. January 2003 - June 2004, UPT student, Laughlin AFB, TX
3. June 2004 - May 2005, F-16 Student Pilot, Luke AFB, AZ
4. May 2005 - May 2008, F-16 Pilot, Chief of Scheduling, 13 FS, Misawa AB, Japan
5. May 2008 – July 2011, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 21 FS, Luke AFB, AZ
6. July 2011 – July 2013, F-16 Evaluator Pilot, Executive Officer, 388 FW, Hill AFB, UT
7. July 2013 – June 2014, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
8. June 2014 – June 2015, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. August 2015 – August 2016, Director of Operations, 35 FS, Kunsan AB ROK
10. August 2016 – June 2018, Commander, 354 OSS, Eielson AFB, AK
11. July 2018 – June 2019, Student, Eisenhower School, Ft McNair, Washington DC
12. July 2019 – June 2022, Global Force Management Officer, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Cp Smith, HI
13. June 2022 – Present, Commander, 8th Operations Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea

BIOGRAPHY
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 2000
Combat hours: 200
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 23, 2002
First Lieutenant May 23, 2004
Captain May 23, 2006
Major August 1, 2012
Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 2016
Colonel July 1, 2021

(Current as of June 2022)