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Biographies

Colonel JOSEPH D. COUGHLIN

Colonel Joseph Coughlin is the Commander, 8th Mission Support Group, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. As the Group Commander, he is responsible for the leadership and management of five diverse squadrons that provide base communications, engineering, security, law enforcement, transportation, supply, personnel support, logistics readiness, education, food services, housing and recreation activities to over 2,700 active duty Airmen and Soldiers.

Colonel Coughlin graduated from Tolland High School, Tolland, Connecticut, attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont and was commissioned upon graduation through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2000.  He is a command Meteorologist and has served a variety of operational and staff assignments at the Detachment, Squadron, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force levels and Secretary of Defense levels.

Prior to this assignment, Colonel Coughlin served as  a Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor for Climate to the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon. He was responsible for consulting Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff leaders on policy changes, developing inter-governmental  and international partnerships and budget development for numerous climate issues.

EDUCATION
2000 Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT
2000 Weather Officer Course, Keesler AFB, MS
2000 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005 Master of Science degree in Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
2006 Squadron Officer School in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2013 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2017 Air War College (Correspondence)

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 2000 – August 2000, Student, Weather Officer Course, Keesler AFB, MS
2. August 2000 – August 2003, Assistant Flight Commander, Contingency Operations, USAFE Operational Weather Squadron, Sembach AB, Germany
3. August 2003 – March 2005, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
4. March 2005 – July 2007, Staff Weather Officer, Data Masked
5. July 2007 – January 2009, Wing Executive Officer, Data Masked Guam
6. January 2009 – May 2011, Commander, Detachment 3, 3rd Weather Squadron, Fort Bliss, TX (November 2010 – May 2011, Director of Operations, 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron, Bagram AB, Afghanistan)
7. May 2011 – July 2012, Director, Weather Officer Assignments, AF Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
8. July 2012 – June 2013, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. June 2013 – June 2015, Director of Operations, 18th Weather Squadron, Fort Bragg, NC
10. June 2015 – July 2017, Commander, 17th Operational Weather Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
11. July 2017 – August 2018, Weather Branch Chief, Pacific Air Forces Operations Directorate, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
12. August 2018 – August 2021, Chief, Air Force Weather Resources, Headquarters Air Force Weather Directorate, Pentagon    
13. August 2021 – June 2022, Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor for Climate to the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon
14. June 2022 –  present, Commander, 8th Mission Support Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 2000
First Lieutenant May 2002
Captain May 2004
Major January 2010
Lieutenant Colonel May 2015
Colonel Nov 2021

(Current as of October 2022)