Lieutenant Colonel Paul Theriot, U.S. Air Force, is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S, Political Science) and a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds an M.A. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University. His operational experience includes command of a C-17 Airlift Squadron, a deployed command tour in the CENTCOM AOR, an Air Mobility Liaison Officer deployment to Bagram AB, Afghanistan and multiple deployments with C-17 flying squadrons since 2000. His staff experience includes two years serving on the Air Staff in the Operations Plans and Requirements Directorate at the Pentagon, Washington, DC.