Colonel Brett A. Newman is the commander of the 911th Maintenance Group, 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania. As the Commander, Col Newman leads a group of 444 total force members including active guard reservists, traditional reservists, air reserve technicians, civilian, and active duty personnel in the support of eight C-17A Globemaster III aircraft providing global mobility support for national security objectives, combat operations, contingencies and humanitarian relief efforts. His oversight drives maintenance production, scheduling and sortie generation as the maintenance group manages facilities and equipment assets valued at $91.5 million, and an aircraft fleet worth $1.75 billion.
Colonel Newman earned his commission through the Air Force ROTC program upon graduation from Middle Tennessee State University in 1987. He has served as a maintenance group commander, commanded a maintenance flight, two maintenance squadrons, a logistics squadron, and served as a Minuteman II ICBM combat crew flight commander. He has served as an aircraft maintenance officer since 2003 with two overseas contingency operations tours in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Newman is a winner of the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for field grade manager while stationed at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y.
1987 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1993 Master of Science, Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. 1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. December 1987 – April 1988, Undergraduate Missile Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
2. April 1988 – May 1992, various missile combat crew positions to include alternate command post crew commander, and flight crew commander, Minuteman II ICBM, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
3. May 1992 – December 1992, Sensor Data Integration Analyst, Foreign Aerospace Science and Technology Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. January 1997 – December 2000, Transportation Officer, 914th Logistics Support Squadron, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y.
5. January 2001 – October 2002, Commander, 914th LSS, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
6. November 2002 – December 2006, Commander, 914th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Niagara Falls International Airport ARS, N.Y. (September – December 2003, Officer in Charge, C-130 Maintenance in support of overseas contingency operations; September–December 2005, OIC, Aircraft Maintenance Unit; January – November 2006, 914th Maintenance Group Commander, traditional reservist on orders)
7. January 2007 – March 2007, Commander, 914th Maintenance Operations Flight, Niagara Falls IAP ARS, N.Y
8. April 2007 – April 2008, Commander, 914th Maintenance Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
9. April 2008 – July 2009, Commander, 920th MXS, Patrick AFB, Fla.
10. Jul 2009 – November 2011, Commander, 934th Maintenance Group, Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP ARS, Minn.
11. November 2011 – September 2015, Commander, 445th MXG, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. September 2015 – November 2021, Commander, 419th MXG, Hill AFB, Utah
13. December 2021 – July 2023, Commander, 315th MXG, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
14. July 2023 – Present, Commander, 911th MXG, Pittsburgh International ARS, Pennsylvania
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two M devices
Second Lieutenant September 3, 1987
First Lieutenant September 3, 1989
Captain September 3, 1991
Major October 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel September 30, 2004
Colonel September 1, 2009
(Current as of July 2023)