Col Joseph C. Turnham is the Commander of the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with 34 mission partners, more than 46,000 personnel, 152 aircraft, and 51 billion dollars in assets.  He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 25 squadrons.  The wing provides A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide.  The 355th Wing also provides combat search and rescue personnel recovery capabilities through the employment of HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and Guardian Angel weapon systems. The wing has units at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. and Nellis AFB, Nev.  The 355th Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.
Colonel Turnham comes from a long line of veterans dating back to the American Revolution.  After growing up in the Air Force he received his commission through Officer Training School.  Since then, he has served three operational tours in the Pacific, one in Europe, and six combat tours in the Middle East. Colonel Turnham is a joint service officer who has commanded at the flight, squadron, and group levels.  He is a command pilot with 3,642 hours in the A-10, including more than 1,149 combat hours over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
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