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Colonel Craddock – Commander 99th Air Force Wing, Nellis Air Force Base – The Complicated Organization Behind Nellis Air Force Base
November 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Colonel Cavan K. Craddock is the Commander, 99th Air Base Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Installation Commander for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range. He is responsible for three Groups and 15 Squadrons providing installation support for operational testing, tactics development, and advanced training in Air, Space, and Cyberspace as well as global Remotely Piloted Aircraft operations. He is responsible for all installation support, providing communications, contracting, engineering, environmental, law enforcement, logistics, medical, security, services, supply, transportation, and mission support for more than 11,000 assigned service members and 313,000 family members, retirees and veterans.
In addition, the Wing supports the U. S. Air Force Warfare Center, 53d Wing, 57th Wing, 432d Wing, 505th Command & Control Wing, 926th Wing, 363d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, the NTTR, 52 tenant units, over 250 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft plus nearly 1,500 visitors and temporary-duty personnel conducting business daily across the installation.
Colonel Craddock was commissioned in 1995 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of flying and staff assignments and has commanded at the flight and squadron levels.
Colonel Craddock is a U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course graduate and a command pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours in the F-22 and F-15C. He has flown combat missions in support of operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch.
Prior to his current position, he was the Vice Commander, 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.