Colonel Shawn D. Strahle

Colonel Shawn D. Strahle currently holds the position of Deputy Wing Commander at the 183d Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, stationed at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois. In this role, he oversees various wing programs and provides guidance and support to the Wing Commander in enhancing the wing's combat readiness. Col Strahle also serves as the senior cyberspace officer for the Illinois National Guard.

From May 2019 to September 2023, Colonel Strahle served as the J/G/A6 Communications Director at the ILNG JFHQ . During this period, he provided daily oversight and management of the JFHQ-State Information Management (IM) directorate, aligning its efforts with the priorities of the Air and Army National Guard. Colonel Strahle played a crucial role in developing IT policies and procedures to achieve the missions of both the ILARNG and ILANG while contributing to the organization's cyber strategic planning. Durning this time Col Strahle led the development of the first ILNG Joint Cyber Team which provided critical cybersecurity operations supporting the state of IL election system. He provided critical DOMOPS communications support for multiple operation responses including flood duty, winter storm, civil disturbance, cyber operations, and COVID-19.

From January 2017 to September 2020, Colonel Strahle commanded the 217th Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS) at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Illinois. He led a team of 109 Airmen, ensuring the squadron's readiness to mobilize and deploy resources and equipment in support of theater and tactical forces. Additionally, Colonel Strahle served as the Illinois National Guard Joint Task Force J6 Communications Director during this time.

Colonel Strahle also served as the Commander of the 183d Air Communications Flight (ACOMF) from 2014 to 2017, and prior to that, he held the position of Commander of the 183d Communications Flight from 2005 to 2013. During his distinguished career, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM to Balad Airbase, Iraq from May 2006 to September 2006, where he served as the Deputy Information Systems Commander and the Maintenance System Flight Commander for the 332d Expeditionary Communications Squadron. In 2016-2017, he deployed for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE to Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, South Carolina, Colonel Strahle served as the first 17D Cyber Operations Officer assigned to U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) A2Y Systems Division Chief.

Colonel Strahle's dedication extends to State Active Duty, where he served as the J6 for winter storm responses, flood duty activations, civil disturbance responses, and cybersecurity operations. Furthermore, he played a key role as the Deputy J6 for Joint Task Force-Summit, providing support during the NATO Summit held in Chicago, IL in May 2012

1987 - Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
1987 - Crash Fighter School, Chanute AFB, IL
1996 - Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Minor in Sociology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
2000 - Master of Science in Criminology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
2001 - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
2003 - Commissioned from the Academy of Military Science (AMS), McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
2004 - Expeditionary Communications and Information Officer Training (ECOT), Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
2005 - Communications Officer Deployable & Tactical Communications Education Course, Keesler AFB, MS
2009 - Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
2010 - National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100-800 Courses completed (Entire Series)
2010 - NORTHCOM Joint Domestic Operations Course (JDOC)
2010 - Squadron Officer School, By Correspondence
2011 - Cyber 200 Course, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
2012 - Air Command and Staff College, By Correspondence
2013 - Cyber 300 Course, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
2014 - Air and Space Operations Center Initial Qualification Training – Communications Course
2015 - Contingency Wartime Planning Course (CWPC)
2016 - ITIL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management
2016 - Information Operation Integration Course (IOIC), Hurlburt Field, FL
2022 - Joint Task Force Commander Training Course
2022 - Dual Status Commander Course

Jul 1987 - Sep 1987 Fire Fighting Technical School, Chanute AFB, IL
Oct 1987 – Mar 1995 Crash Rescue Firefighter, 181st Fighter Wing, Terre Haute, IN
Jul 2001 – Apr 2003 Crash Rescue Firefighter, 181st Fighter Wing, Terre Haute, IN
Apr 2003 – Sep 2005 Communications Flight Executive Officer, 183d Fighter Wing, Springfield, IL
May 2006 – Sep 2006, Chief of Maintenance, 332nd Communications Squadron, Balad AEW, Iraq
Oct 2005 – Sep 2013 Communications Flight Commander, 183d Fighter Wing, Springfield, IL
Sep 2013 – Nov 2014 Director of Operations, 183d Air Communications Squadron, Springfield IL
Dec 2014 – Jan 2017 Commander, 183d Air Communications Flight, Springfield IL
July 2016 – Jan 2017 AFCENT A2Y Division Chief, Shaw AFB
Jan 2017 – Sep 2020 Commander, 217th Engineering Installation Squadron, Springfield, IL
May 2019 – Sep 2023 J/G/A6 Communications Director, ILNG JFHQ, Springfield, IL

Awards and Decorations                                                   Devices
Meritorious Service Medal                                                         4
Army Commendation Medal                                                      
Air Force Achievement Medal                                                    1
Army Achievement Medal                                                                      
AF Outstanding Unit Award                                                        1
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal                          8
National Defense Service Medal                                                 1
Iraq Campaign Medal                                                                  1
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal                            
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal                                     
AF Overseas Ribbon Short                                                                     
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service                                                                  6
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 'M' Devices                       3
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon                                              
AF Training Ribbon                                                                      1

State Awards                                                                         Devices
Illinois Military Medal of Merit                                                        2
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom                                  1
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal                       5
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon                                                12
Illinois State Active Duty Service Ribbon                                       6

Life Member of the National Guard Association of the United States
Life Member of the National Guard Association of Illinois

Second Lieutenant         26 Sep 2003
First Lieutenant              26 Sep 2005
Captain                           26 Sep 2007
Major                                 1 Oct 2011
Lieutenant Colonel          25 Jul 2016
Colonel                            30 Sep 2020

(Current as of 14SEP23)