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Colonel Dana A. Hessheimer is the commander of the 163d Reconnaissance Wing, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The 163d Reconnaissance Wing is comprised of more than 800 personnel and provides support to more than 200 additional members at geographically separated locations. The wing is the California Air National Guard's exclusive MQ-1 Predator operations unit providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, as well as tactical combat support, to commanders and war fighters around the world.

Colonel Hessheimer was born 18 September 1964, in Crete, Nebraska. After graduation from Geneva High School (Geneva, Nebraska) in 1982, he attended the Missouri Institute of Technology in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1984 he transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1988.

Colonel Hessheimer began his military career in 1988, receiving his commission from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Reserve Officer Training Corps before attending undergraduate pilot training at Reese AFB, TX. After graduating from pilot training he was assigned to the 55 WG at Offutt AFB, NE and flew the RC-135. His first deployment was flying combat missions in support of Operation DESERT STORM.

After separating from the Active Duty in 1994, Colonel Hessheimer joined the Nebraska Air National Guard and flew the KC-135. He was a Traditional guardsman for two years then was hired on full-time as an Active Guard Reservist. In 2000, he joined the California Air National Guard as the Chief of Safety. He continued flying the KC-135 until the unit converted to the Predator mission, which he is currently a qualified pilot. He also was the Liaison Officer in Istres, France three times during his time in both Nebraska and California.

Colonel Hessheimer is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in various aircraft, including the MQ-1 Predator Remotely Piloted Aircraft, KC-135, RC-135 (Rivet Joint, Combat Sent, Cobra Ball and Cobra Eye) and T-38. He was Acting Operations Group Commander when the unit deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He has also acted as Detachment Commander on three separate occasions and was the Director of Operations in both the, 196th Reconnaissance Squadron and 163 Operation Support Squadron. His deployments include: Operation DESERT STORM, Operation DESERT CALM, Operation SOUTHERNWATCH, Operation DELIBERATE GUARD, Operation JOINT GUARD, Operation JOINT FORGE, Operation NORTHERNWATCH, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN.

Col Hessheimer recently deployed to Incirlik, Turkey as the Expeditionary Operations Group (EOG) commander of the 39th EOG. The 39th EOG is in charge of the MQ-1 NOMAD SHADOW mission which is a Presidential directed mission to support our Turkish allies.

1988 Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1998 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
2003 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2007 Air War College (correspondence)

1. 1989 -1990, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas.
2. 1990 -1994, RC-135 pilot, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
3. 1994 -2000, KC-135 instructor pilot, scheduling, 155th Air Refueling Wing, Lincoln, Nebraska.
4. 2000 -2003, KC-135 instructor pilot, Chief of Safety, 163d Air Refueling Wing, March ARB, California.
5. 2003 -2007, KC-135 instructor/evaluator pilot, Assistant Operations officer, 196th Aerial Refueling Squadron, March ARB, California.
6. 2007 -2009, MQ-1 instructor/evaluator pilot, Director of Operations, 196th Reconnaissance Squadron, and 163d Operations Support Squadron, March ARB, California.
7. 2009 - 2013, Group Commander, 163d Operations Group, March ARB, California.
8. 2013 - present, Wing Commander, 163d Reconnaissance Wing, March ARB, California.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, RC-135 U/V/W/S/X, KC-135 R, MQ-1B

Legion of Merit Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two oak leaf clusters
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

Second Lieutenant Jan. 10, 1989
First Lieutenant Jan. 10, 1991
Captain Jan. 10, 1993
Major Aug. 2, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 2, 2003
Colonel Aug. 17, 2010 (Current as of January 2014)

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