COLONEL FERDINAND B. "FRED" STOSS III

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Colonel Fred Stoss commands the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He leads more than 1,600 Air Force men and women in support of the nation's land-based intercontinental ballistic missile force. The wing operates, maintains and secures 150 Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), 15 missile alert facilities and 150 remote launch facilities covering an 8,500-square mile area in central North Dakota. The wing also maintains and operates eight UH-1N helicopters in support of missile field security. The wing provides global deterrence by defending America with the world's premier combat-ready ICBM force.

Colonel Stoss entered the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Kansas State University and was commissioned in May 1987. After completion of Undergraduate Missile Training in 1988, he was assigned to the 44th Strategic Missile Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota where he held several positions to include senior evaluator missile combat crew commander. He then served as a command operations evaluator in the 3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron and in Twentieth Air Force. Colonel Stoss was later assigned to U.S. Strategic Command, Plans and Policy Directorate, where he contributed to building the nation's nuclear war plan. After a tour as the military assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at New York, New York, he served as the 12th Missile Squadron's operations officer, commanded the 10th Missile Squadron, and was the 341st Operations Group's deputy commander. Thereafter, he was the chief, nuclear operations division at the Air Staff. Most recently, Colonel Stoss was the 90th Missile Wing's vice commander.

EDUCATION
1987 Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
1993 Master of Science degree in Aerospace Operations, Embry-Riddle, Ellsworth AFB, SD
1993 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence and residence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2000 College of Naval Command and Staff, with highest distinction, Newport , RI
2000 Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI
2000 Naval Operational Planner Course, Naval War College, Newport, RI
2003 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Master of Science degree in History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
2007 Graduate, Air Force SDE Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN
2009 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2010 Enterprise Leadership Course, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia


ASSIGNMENTS
1. March 88 - July 88, student, 4315th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
2. July 88 - May 92, various missile combat crew positions to include stan/eval deputy, stan/eval commander, and senior stan/eval commander, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
3. May 92 - October 93, command operations evaluator, 3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA.
4. October 93 - May 95, command operations evaluator, 20th Air Force, F.E. Warren AFB, WY.
5. May 95 - July 97, instructor, AFROTC Detachment 470, Omaha, NE.
6. July 97 - July 99, chief, missile production and scheduling section, Strategic Plans Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, NE.
7. July 99 - August 00, student, College of Naval Command and Staff and Naval Operational Planner Course, Newport, R.I.
8. August 00 - May 03, military assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, New York, N.Y.
9. May 03 - February 04, operations officer, 12th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT.
10. February 04 - June 05, commander, 10th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT.
11. June 05 - June 06, deputy commander, 341st Operations Group, Malmstrom AFB, MT.
12. June 06 - June 07, student, Air Force SDE Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Lab, TN.
13. June 07 - June 08, chief, nuclear operations division, Directorate of Nuclear Operations, Plans and Requirements, HQ USAF, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
14. June 08 - October 09, vice wing commander, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, WY.
15. October 09 - Present, commander, 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.

MISSILE INFORMATION
Master Missile Badge with Operations Designator
Command Space Badge
Minuteman II Weapon System
Minuteman III Weapon System

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
1992 General Thomas S. Power Award for Best ICBM Combat Crew in Strategic Air Command
1991 Best ICBM Combat Crew and Best ICBM Operations, Olympic Arena, Strategic Air Command
1991 General Samuel C. Phillips Award for Best Missileer in 8th AF

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 1987
First Lieutenant Oct 1989
Captain Oct 1991
Major May 1999
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 2003
Colonel Sep 2007

(Current as of August 2010)