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    Commander - Colonel Joseph D. Dushan _________________________________________________________________ Colonel Joseph D. Dushan is the Commander, Air Weather Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. As commander, he manages more than 1,100 military and civilian personnel tasked with providing or arranging centralized weather and space environmental service to the Air Force, Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff, designated unified and specified commands, and other agencies as directed by the chief of staff, Headquarters, United States Air Force. A Field Operating Agency, AWS is composed of the headquarters, two centers, one facility, and two operating locations. Colonel Dushan was born on July 29, 1944 in Madison, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in 1968. He was commissioned as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program in June 1968. He earned a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1971. Colonel Dushan's professional military education includes Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Following his commissioning, Colonel Dushan was assigned to Barksdale AFB, La., where he served as a forecaster and command post weather operations officer providing direct weather support to the Strategic Air Command's 2nd Bombardment Wing and to the 2nd Air Force. From August 1970 to December 1971, the colonel was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology with duty at Texas A&M University where he completed his master's degree. Colonel Dushan was then assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Central, Offutt AFB, Neb., where he served as a Current Operations Officer. In 1973 he moved to the 3rd Weather Wing as a command weather briefer and mission weather officer with the Strategic Reconnaissance Center, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, also at Offutt. In January 1976, Colonel Dushan was transferred to Yongsan Army Installation, Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he performed duties as the Chief Forecaster. He later served as Chief, Staff Support Liaison Branch, 30th Weather Squadron, supporting the United Nations Command, United States Forces Korea, and the 8th United States Army. In July 1978, he assumed command of Detachment 10, 7th Weather Squadron, Giebelstadt Army Air Field, Germany, with concurrent responsibilities as Staff Weather Officer for the commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). Following graduation from the Air Command and Staff College, Colonel Dushan was assigned to the Headquarters, Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, Ill., where he served as Deputy Director for Technical Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff, Systems. In May 1984, he was transferred to Shaw AFB, S.C., where he became the Chief of Operations, 3rd Weather Squadron. He assumed command of the squadron on March 14, 1986 and served as the Staff Weather Officer to the United States Central Command Air Forces and Tactical Air Command's 9th Air Force. In August 1987, the colonel was once again assigned to AFGWC, this time serving as the Assistant Chief, Forecasting Services Division. In July 1989, he became the division chief. In August 1990, Colonel Dushan took command of the 7th Weather Squadron, Heidelberg Army Installation, Germany. His duties included serving as the Staff Weather Officer for the Commander-in-Chief, United States Army, Europe. On July 21, 1992, Colonel Dushan was once again assigned to AFGWC, where he became the vice commander.He assumed command of AFGWC July 16, 1993. Colonel Dushan's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. The colonel has been awarded the Master Meteorologist Badge. He was promoted to the grade of colonel on June 1, 1990. He assumed his present duties on May 18, 1995. Colonel Dushan is married to the former Terry Lynne Vacanti of Santa Monica, Calif. They have two sons, Gregory and Douglas. ____________________________________________________________
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