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CAPTAIN CHAD R. RUDOLPH

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Captain Rudolph is one of Air Combat Command’s A-10 West Heritage Flight Team's pilots. As a Heritage Flight pilot, he is responsible for showcasing America’s A-10 to over two million people at 10 shows around the country. He is currently assigned as an A-10C Instructor Pilot and Chief of Weapons and Tactics with the 357th Fighter Squadron, 355th Operations Group, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.

Captain Rudolph was born March 21, 1986, in Kansas City, Miss. He graduated from Blue Valley West High School in Stilwell, Kan., in 2004. In 2008 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

EDUCATION:
2008 Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2009 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS:
2008 – 2011 : Student Pilot, T-6 & T-38, Vance AFB, Okla.
2011 – 2011 : A10 Student Pilot, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
2011 – 2012 : A10 Pilot, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
2012 – 2015 : A10 Pilot, 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
2015 – Present : A10 Pilot, 357th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: Pilot
Flight hours: 1500+
A-10 flight hours: 1300+
Combat hours: 320
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-38C, A-10C

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant May 2008
First Lieutenant May 2010
Captain May 2012