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Colonel Erin M. Staine-Pyne is the Vice Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She assists the commander in ensuring the readiness of more than 2,400 active-duty military and civilian personnel, along with 48 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, to support worldwide combat and humanitarian airlift and airdrop operations. She is also charged with overseeing the wing's programs on human resource management, environmental issues, installations security and readiness.

In addition, the 62nd AW serves as the primary active-duty wing in support of Operation DEEP FREEZE, partnering with Reserve, Guard, and civilian agencies, to provide airlift support for the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program. The wing also provides mission support to the 446th Airlift Wing (Associate).

Colonel Staine-Pyne was born in West Point, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. She has served in a variety of flying positions including as a Weapons Officer in the C- 130E/H and Instructor Pilot in the C-17A. She has held key staff positions at the squadron and major command levels. Colonel Staine-Pyne served as Commander, 8th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis McChord prior to attending the National War College and earning a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy. Her deployments include one Combined Air Operation Center tour in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM; numerous C-130E/H combat deployments in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE, JOINT FORGE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM; and most recently as the Commander, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.

Colonel Staine-Pyne also served as the United States Transportation Command Liaison Officer to US Pacific Command, providing advice and assistance to USPACOM leadership and staff on joint deployment and distribution issues associated with supported USPACOM operations, plans, exercises, policies, and procedures prior to her current position.             


1998  Bachelor of Science Degree, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

2004  United States Air Force Weapons School (C-130), Little Rock AFB, Ark, Distinguished Graduate 2004  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009  Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009  Masters of Public Administration, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colo. 2012  Air Force National Security Fellowship, Washington, D.C.

2014  Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2016  Masters of National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington, D.C.


1.  August 1998 – October 1999, Pilot Student, 85th/86th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX

2.  December 1999 – June 2004, C-130E Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, Lead Airdrop, 41st Airlift Squadron, Pope AFB, NC

3.  July 2004 – April 2008, C-130 Weapons Officer, Flight Commander, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 29th Weapons Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR

4.  May 2008 – June 2010, Chief, C-130 Tactics, Technique and Policy, Directorate of Air, Space and Information Operations, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

5.  July 2010 – January 2011, Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

6.  February 2011 – July 2011, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, HQ Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

7.  August 2011 – June 2012, Air Force Fellow, Project on National Security Reform and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington D.C.

8.  July 2012 – May 2013, C-17A Aircraft Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 4th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

9.  June 2013 – February 2015, Commander, 8th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA               

10.  March 2015 – July 2015, Deputy Commander, 62nd Operations Group, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

11.  August 2015 – June 2016, Student, National War College, Washington D.C.

12.  July 2015 – June 2018, US Transportation Command Liaison to US Pacific Command

13.  June 2018 – Present, Vice Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Rating: Command Pilot Flight Hours: 3,000

Aircraft Flown:  C-130E/H, C-17A


Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award National Defensive Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Second Lieutenant, May 27, 1998

First Lieutenant, May 27, 2000

Captain, May 27, 2002

Major, November 1, 2007

Lieutenant Colonel, December 1, 2011

Colonel, July 1, 2016


(Current as of July 2018)