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COL. MICHAEL J. FLATTEN

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Colonel Michael J. Flatten is the Director, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He oversees a staff of 143 personnel supporting more than 5,000 Air Force Wounded Warriors. AFW2 advocates and supports wounded, ill, and injured Airmen and their caregivers from initial entry into the program, through return to duty or transition from service. Col. Flatten ensures contract employees provide first-class non-medical case management and regional care management across the globe. He liaises with senior officer counterparts of other services for support in joint communities, as well as equal representation in Department of Defense adaptive sports programs, and is the principal program representative on the Air Force Invisible Wounds Initiative core team, providing the Airman’s perspective to policy makers.

 

Col. Flatten graduated from Texas A&M University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and received his Air Force commission in 1993. He entered the Combat Control training pipeline in 1998 and acquired advanced skills as a certified Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), freefall and master static line parachutist and combat diver. He directed specialized missions during the initial stages of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and was the Special Tactics lead planner for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He has served in various major command and joint staff assignments, and commanded the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. Prior to assuming his current assignment, he was Vice Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

 

EDUCATION

1992 Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

 2005 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB

2008 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB

2012 Masters of Military Operational Arts, Air University, Alabama

2015 Air War College, Grand Strategy Program, Maxwell AFB

2015 Masters of Strategic Studies, Air University

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. March 1993 – January 1995, Operations Officer, 27th Operations Support Squadron; Group Executive Officer, 27th Operations Group; 524th Squadron Section Commander, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, New Mexico

2. January 1995 – December 1998, Executive Officer, 15th Airlift Squadron/Operations Group; Deputy Chief of Plans, 15th Air Base Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii

3. December 1998 – May 2000, Student, Combat Control training pipeline, multiple locations

4. May 2000 – April 2003, Green/Silver Team Leader, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina

5. April 2003 – July 2006, Assistant Director of Operations, 720th Special Tactics Group; Advanced Skills Training Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group; Director of Operations, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida

6. July 2006 – September 2008, Officer in Charge, J35 Plans; Aide de Camp to the Commander, Special Operations Command Central, As Sayliyah, Qatar

7. September 2008 – June 2010, Chief, Air to Ground Integration, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field

8. June 2010 – July 2012, Commander, 22d Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

9. August 2012 – April 2013, Deputy Director of Training, Special Tactics Forces, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field

10.  April 2013 – July 2014, Deputy Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field

11.  July 2014 – May 2015, Student, Air War College Grand Strategy Seminar, Maxwell AFB

12.  May 2015 – Jul 2017, Vice Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field

13.  Jul 2017 – Present, Director, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star (two oak leaf clusters) Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters)

Air Force Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters) Presidential Unit Citation

Joint Meritorious Unit Award (valor device; three oak leaf clusters) Gallant Unit Citation

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (valor device; four oak leaf clusters) Combat Readiness Medal (one device)

National Defense Service Medal (one device) Southwest Asia Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two devices) Iraqi Campaign Medal

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

Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon

Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon (one oak leaf cluster) Air Force Expeditionary Service with Gold Frame

Air Force Longevity Service

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (one device)

Air Force Training Ribbon

NATO Non-Article 5 (ISAF) Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant         Feb 1993

First Lieutenant              Feb 1995

Captain                         Feb 1997

Major                            Jun 2003

Lieutenant Colonel         Jun 2008

Colonel                         Nov 2014

 

(Current as of June 2018)