Col. John A. Duffy serves as the Vice Wing Commander for the 152nd Airlift Wing at the Nevada Air National Guard Base, Reno, Nev. He functions as the key advisor to the Wing Commander to provide leadership, management, manpower, equipment, and training during peacetime, in preparation to perform the wartime mission. He works with the wing commander to direct policy and programming necessary to sustain the readiness of more than 1,100 Airmen wing-wide.
Col. Duffy enlisted as a Photographic and Sensors Maintenance Specialist in the Nevada Air National Guard in 1987 and trained at Lowery Air Force Base, Colo. In 1997, while serving a JOINT GUARD intelligence field mission in Bosnia, supporting United Nations Stabilization Forces (SFOR), Col. Duffy was selected to attend the Academy of Military Science where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. His first assignment as an officer was as a Personnel Officer with the 152nd Mission Support Flight. In 2001, he became the Public Affairs Officer for 152nd Airlift Wing. During this assignment, he attended Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Meade, Md. From 2005 to 2006 he served as Executive Officer at the Nevada Air National Guard headquarters during which he was promoted to Major. In 2006, he transferred back to the 152nd Airlift wing as the Commander of the 152nd Services Flight. A position he held until the Services Flight and the Personnel Flight merged forming the 152nd Force Support Squadron in 2009. After the merger, he became the Force Support Squadron Readiness Officer. In November of 2010 he took command of the 152nd Logistics Readiness Squadron where he served for two years before moving to take command of the 152nd Security Forces Squadron in December of 2012 where he served for 6 years. Starting in January of 2019, he served as the Deputy Director of Personnel at headquarters NVANG. Also of note is that from 1999 through 2008 he maintained an additional duty position as commander of the 152nd Resource Protection Team supporting the 152nd Security Police in base defense.
For the past fifteen years, Col. Duffy has served as the Director of Software and Mathematics Test for a Fortune 500 company. He has 24 years’ experience leading engineering and math professionals in software testing and in creating innovative quality assurance methodologies. In this director position he has led over two hundred professionals located at offices located in seven countries. Prior to his current military position, Col. Duffy served as Nevada Air National Guard’s Director of Personnel (A1), Joint Force Headquarters Carson City, Nev.
1988 Avionics Sensor Systems Specialist, Lowry AFB, Colo.
1991 Truckee Meadows Community College, Associate of Arts, Reno, Nev.
1995 Community College of the Air Force, Associate of Science
1995 University of Nevada, Baccalaureate of Arts in General Studies specializing in Engineering Management, Reno, Nev.
2001 Masters of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, Reno, Nev.
2002 Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Meade, Md.
2005 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2007 Mortuary Management - Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2008 Services Leadership Course - Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2009 IDE-Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
2016 Air War College (AWC), by correspondence
1. November 1997 – April 2001, Personnel Officer, 152nd Personnel Flight, Nevada Air National Guard (NVANG) Base, Reno, Nev.
2. April 2001 – October 2005, Public Affairs Officer, 152nd Airlift Wing, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
3. October 2005 – December 2006, Executive Officer, State Headquarters, NVANG, Carson City, Nev.
4. December 2006 – April 2009, Commander, 152nd Services Flight, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
5. April 2009 – April 2010, Readiness Officer, 152nd Force Support Squadron, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
6. April 2010 - December 2012, Commander, 152nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
7. December 2012 – January 2019, Commander, 152nd Security Forces Squadron, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
8. January 2019 – September 2020, Deputy Director of Personnel, Headquarters, NVANG, Carson City, Nev.
9. September 2020 – July 2021, Director of Personnel, Headquarters, NVANG, Carson City, Nev.
10. July 2021 – Present, Vice Wing Commander, 152nd Airlift Wing, NVANG Base, Reno, Nev.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Nevada Distinguished Service Medal
Nevada State Commendation Medal
Nevada Command Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Nevada Humanitarian Service Ribbon
Nevada Air National Guard Oversea’s Deployment Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Nevada Meritorious Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association (Life Member)
National Guard Association of the United States (Life Member)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 20, 1997
First Lieutenant Nov. 20, 1999
Captain Nov. 20, 2001
Major Dec. 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Mar. 29, 2012
Colonel Dec. 15, 2021
(Current as of January 2022)