COLONEL BRIAN D. GALLO

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Colonel Brian D. Gallo is the Commander of the 509th Operations Group where he trains warriors and develops future Air Force leaders who demonstrate and promote the B-2 as a credible nuclear deterrent and the nation’s top choice to deliver lethal global strike effects as the model for the future of long range strike.

Colonel Gallo received his commission through the U.S Air Force Academy in June 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  He entered the AF as a graduate student and earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences at NASA-Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  Following pilot training graduation in January 1997, Colonel Gallo served as B-52 Copilot, Aircraft Commander, and Flight Scheduler in the 20th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB, LA.  In June 2001, Colonel Gallo transitioned to the B-2 stealth bomber at Whiteman AFB, MO where he became a Weapons Officer and served as Flight Commander in the 325th Bomb Squadron, Chief of Weapons and Tactics in the 13th Bomb Squadron, and Assistant Director of Operations in the 509th Operations Support Squadron (OSS).   In June 2007, Colonel Gallo was handpicked to become an AF Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Washington, DC where he was part of DoD’s premier science and technology organization that develops innovative warfighting capabilities to prevent adversaries from achieving technological surprise.  Colonel Gallo was then named the Chief of Long Range Strike (LRS) Requirements in the Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements (AF/A5RC) at the Pentagon where he developed a phased 30-year AF strategy to sustain and modernize the current bomber fleet while defining platform, weapon, and interoperability requirements for a future LRS Family of Systems to operate in anti-access and area denied environments.  In June 2011, Colonel Gallo commanded the 509th Operations Support Squadron where he directed airfield operations and combat planning to ensure America’s B-2 fleet could execute conventional and nuclear global strike missions for combatant commanders.   Finally, Colonel Gallo was the Division Chief of the J81 Capability and Resource Analysis Division at United States Strategic Command where he provided analytic support to advocate for the sustainment and modernization of our nation’s nuclear triad and global strike capabilities.  Colonel Gallo is a command pilot with 3,000 hours of flying time including 1,135 hours in the B-2 and 123 combat hours in Operations ALLIED FORCE and IRAQI FREEDOM in B-52 and B-2, respectively.


EDUCATION
1994 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
1996 Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, The George Washington University, NASA-Langley Research Center, Virginia 
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 
2004 B-2 Weapons Instructor Course, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
2004 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2008 Air Force Fellowship, DARPA, Arlington, Virginia
2012 Air War College (Correspondence)
2014 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

ASSIGNMENTS
Jun 1994 – Dec 1995 Graduate Student, NASA-Langley Research Center, Virginia
Jan 1996 – Jan 1997 Student Pilot, JSUPT, Laughlin AFB, Texas
Jun 1997 – May 2001 B-52 Aircraft Commander, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana 
Jun 2001 – Jun 2007 B-2 Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Jul 2007 – Jul 2008 AF Fellow, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia
Jul 2008 – Jul 2010 Chief of Long Range Strike Requirements, AF/A5RC, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Sep 2010 – May 2011 509 OSS Director of Operations, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
May 2011 – May 2013 509 OSS Commander, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Jul 2013 – Jun 2014 United States Naval War College Student, Newport Naval Station, Rhode Island
Jul 2014 – Jun 2015 J87 Deputy Division Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Jul 2015 – Apr 2016 J81 Division Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
May 2016 – Present 509th Operations Group Commander, Whiteman AFB, M


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
 

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal 
Joint Service Achievement Award
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak lieaf clusters

ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, B-52 Copilot Initial Qualification Training, Squadron Officer School, and the B-2 Weapons Instructor Course
2003 325th Bomb Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year
2005 13th Bomb Squadron Warrior of the Year
2009 Air Force Association AF/A3/5 Action Officer of the Year
2009 AF/A5R Field Grade Officer of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major July 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2009
Colonel June 1, 2015

(Current as of July 2015)