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Colonel John K. Cartwright is the Commander, 35th Maintenance Group, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan. He is responsible for approximately 1,000 aircraft maintenance personnel who perform on and off- equipment maintenance on 44 F-16CJ aircraft, an O&M budget of over $1 million, a $200 million equipment account, and the daily operations of Pacific Air Forces' regional jet engine intermediate maintenance facility that provides over 156 operational F110 engines valued at over $500 million to three F-16 fighter wings.

Colonel Cartwright entered the Air Force in 1992 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at the University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Production. Colonel Cartwright wears the senior aircraft maintenance and basic supply career field badges. Prior to his current position, Colonel Cartwright served as the commander for the 388th Operations Maintenance Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; and 354th Maintenance Group at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

1991 Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Production, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
1992 Supply Operations Officer Course
1994 Fuels Officer Training Course
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1996 Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course
1998 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course
2002 Master of Aeronautical Science in Maintenance Management and Aviation Safety, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Non-residence Program
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Residence Program
2009 Air War College, Non-Residence Program
2012 Air War College, Residence Program

1. 1992 - 1993, Chief, Materiel Management Flight, Supply Officer, Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
2. 1993 - 1994, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
3. 1994 - 1995, Fuels Management Flight Commander, Fuels Officer, Misawa Air Base, Japan
4. 1995 - 1996, Munitions Flight Commander, Maintenance Officer, Misawa Air Base, Japan
5. 1996 - 1997, Flight Line Maintenance Officer, Misawa Air Base, Japan
6. 1997 - 1998, Propulsion Flight Commander, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
7. 1998 - 2000, Maintenance Supervisor, 27th Component Repair Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
8. 2000 - 2002, Branch Chief, Aircraft Maintenance Analysis, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
9. 2003 - 2003, Commander, 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait
10. 2003 - 2005, Commander, 388th Maintenance Operations Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
11. 2005 - 2006, Student Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
12. 2006 - 2008, Commander, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota
13. 2008 - 2010, Director Maintenance Course for Operational Commanders
14. 2010 - 2011, Deputy Commander, 8th Maintenance Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea
15. 2011 - 2012, Student Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
16. 2012 - 2013, Chief, Repair Network Integration and High Velocity Maintenance, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
17. 2013 - 2014, Commander, 354th Maintenance Group, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
18. 2014 - Present, Commander, 35th Maintenance Group, Misawa Air Base, Japan

Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor (six devices)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long

Second Lieutenant May 1991
First Lieutenant September 1993
Captain September 1995
Major July 2002
Lieutenant Colonel June 2007
Colonel March 2013

(Current as of September 2014)