Colonel Lance A. Wilkins entered the United States Air Force in 1994 as a distinguished military graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He is a Command Pilot and Weapons Instructor with over 2,500 hours in several different aircraft including 1700 hours in the F-15. He has over 350 combat hours in the Middle East. His diverse background includes extensive experience in DoD programs of the highest classification as well as over 6 years of weapons evaluation and testing. He also served as Chief of Advanced Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe. Following this staff tour, he served as Director of Operations for the 83d Fighter Weapons Squadron and Commander, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Following squadron command, he served as Deputy, Operations Group Commander, 48th Operations Group, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and then as Commander, Air Force Element, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is currently a student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.