Colonel Charles McElvaine

Colonel Charles McElvaine

Commander, 479th Flying Training Group, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida

Colonel Charles A. McElvaine is Commander of the 479th Flying Training Group at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida. The Group includes three squadrons, 325 personnel and 45 T-6 Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft and trains over 300 Combat Systems Officers each year for the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard. Additionally, the Group supports over 1,500 Air Force personnel in the Pensacola, Florida area. Prior to this command assignment, he was the Nuclear Operations Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Col McElvaine graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training and B-52H Initial Qualification, he joined the 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, LA. From 1999 through 2009, Col McElvaine served in numerous squadron, group and wing-level positions in the 2d Bomb Wing and 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, ND. He completed multiple deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, including duties as B-52H mission planning cell team chief and bomber liaison officer to United States Central Command’s Combined Air Operations Center. Col McElvaine has flown more than 2,300 hours in the B-52H including 181 hours of combat time. He is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School, Air Command and Staff College, the USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and National War College.

Speaking: November 27 - "Current EMSO Warfighting Applications"