Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Ober

Lt Col Timothy D. Ober is the Commander, 4th Airlift Squadron, 62d Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. In this capacity, Lt Col Ober is responsible for training, developing and equipping over 150 assigned Airmen to perform worldwide airlift operations in the C-17A Globemaster III. The 4th Airlift Squadron is also tasked by Air Mobility Command to safely, securely and reliably transport nuclear weapons and nuclear-related cargo in support of the Department of Defense’s nuclear enterprise.

Lt Col Ober was born in Portland, Oregon and entered the Air Force in 2007 as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Program at the University of Southern California. He is a senior pilot with over 4,100 flight hours. During his career, he has served in the CENTCOM AOR during five contingency deployments, flying over 1,300 combat hours. Prior to his current position, Lt Col Ober was the Chief of Safety, 62d Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

2007 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
2013 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2013 Master of Arts, Administrative Leadership, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2020 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2020 Certificate of Integrated Supply Chain Management, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

1. March 2008 - April 2009, Student Pilot, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. September 2009 - September 2012, Executive Officer and C-17A Aircraft Commander, 21st Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
3. September 2012 - January 2015, Operations Group Executive Officer and C-17A Evaluator Aircraft Commander, 7 AS, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
4. January 2015 - June 2017, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Deputy Chief, Wing Commander’s Action Group, and C-17A Evaluator Aircraft Commander, 4 AS, JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.
5. June 2017 – June 2019, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, United States Forces, Japan and Fifth Air Force, Yokota AB, Japan.
6. July 2019 – August 2020, IDE Student, Joint Mobility Fellow, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.
7. August 2020 – March 2023, Operations Officer, 62 OSS, Inspector General and Chief of Safety, 62 AW, JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.
8. March 2023 – Present, Commander, 4th Airlift Squadron, JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Rating: senior pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,100, including 1300 combat hours
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-1A, C-17A

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

Second Lieutenant May 11, 2007
First Lieutenant July 20, 2009
Captain July 20, 2011
Major June 1, 2017
Lt Colonel October 1, 2021

(Current as of Mar 2023)