Colonel Jeffrey L. Butler
Col Jeffrey L. Butler is the Commander, 162nd Wing, Morris Air National Guard Base with operations located at the Tucson International Airport and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. He assumed the position in April 2020 and commands the Air National Guard’s largest F-16 and Remote Piloted Aircraft wing with over 1800 members. The 162d maintains 72 F-16 aircraft for training pilots in support of the United States and Partner Nation requirements; provides persistent, armed MQ-9 Intelligence Search Reconnaissance and Analysis Application capabilities to sustain national and state interests; supports North American Aerospace Defense Command Air Control Alert directives with 24/7 immediate response aircraft in the defense of North America. Additionally, the wing provides host support for the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center.
Col Butler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Reese AFB, TX followed by F-16 RTU at MacDill AFB, FL. Col Butler then flew F-16’s at Ramstein AB, GE from 1990-1993. He transitioned to F-16 RTU instruction at Luke AFB, AZ in 1993 followed by Tucson ANG, AZ in 1996 as an active duty augmentee. In 1998, Col Butler became a full-time guardsman and accepted an exchange tour with the Royal Netherlands AF. Since returning to the 162d in 2002, Col Butler has commanded Operation Snowbird, 162d Headquarters Squadron, 148th Fighter Squadron, 162d Operations Support Squadron, 162d Wing Operations Group, 162d Maintenance Group, and as Vice Commander. He is a command pilot with more than 4,900 F-16 hours.