Colonel Steven G. Behmer is the Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The wing's mission is to maintain combat readiness to deploy, employ, and sustain F-35s worldwide, in order to fly, fight and win any conflict. Colonel Behmer is responsible for the readiness, training, morale, and welfare of 2,000 personnel who maintain and operate F-35A aircraft across six squadrons. Additionally, he provides operational oversight and direction for nearly 450 reserve maintainers and operators in the 419th Fighter Wing. He is also responsible for the Utah Test and Training Range, a 3.2 million acre jewel in Utah’s west desert that provides operational test and evaluation of weapons requiring a large safety footprint.
Colonel Behmer entered the Air Force in 1998 after receiving his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colonel Behmer is a command pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours, primarily in the A-10 and F-35, including over 110 combat sorties in Operation Enduring Freedom. He has flown as an evaluator, instructor, weapons officer, and operational test pilot in the A-10A, A-10C and F-35A. He has served as an operations officer, and deployed A-10 squadron commander. Following squadron command, Colonel Behmer was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. Prior to taking command of the 388th FW, Behmer was the Commandant, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1998 Bachelor of Science in Operations Research, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs,Colo.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
2011 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 National Security Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Calif.
1. September 1998 – May 2000, Student, Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2. May 2000 – November 2000, StudentA-10 flying training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. November 2000 – November 2001, A-10 Squadron Pilot and Battalion Air Liaison Officer (BALO), 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
4. November 2001 – October 2004, A-10 Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
5. October 2004 – June 2007, A-10 Instructor Pilot and Squadron Weapons and Tactics Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron and 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. June 2007 – June 2010, A-10 Instructor Pilot, Operational Test Pilot and Operations Officer, 66th Weapons Squadron, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. June 2010 – June 2011, Student, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 2011 – May 2013, Forward Air Controller Capabilities Section Chief, HQ Air Command, NATO, Ramstein AB, Germany
9. June 2013 – May 2015, Commander, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (February May, Commander, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Campia Turzii, Romania)
10. June 2015 – June 2016, National Security Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Calif.
11. June 2016 – June 2017, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
12. June 2017 – June 2019, Commandant, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
13. June 2019 – Present, Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
June 2011 – May 2013, Forward Air Controller Capabilities Section Chief, HQ Air Command, NATO, Ramstein AB, Germany as a Lieutenant Colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,100
Aircraft flown: T-3, T-37, T-38, AT-38, O/A-10A, A-10A, A-10C, F-35A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1998
First Lieutenant May 28, 2000
Captain May 28, 2002
Major Sept. 1, 2007
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2011
Colonel May 1, 2017
(Current as of October 2020)