Colonel Matthew R. Brooks is commander of the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He ensures the wing's combat readiness and is responsible for operations involving the wing's fleet of B-52 bombers to provide deterrence and long-range strike capability for combatant command operations worldwide. Additionally, his command provides logistics support for the 91st Missile Wing.
Colonel Brooks received his commission following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996. Earning his wings as a distinguished graduate from undergraduate pilot training in 1998, he has flown more than 2,400 hours, to include over 750 hours in combat during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel Brooks has served in a variety of operational assignments as a B-1 instructor and evaluator pilot at Dyess AFB, Texas and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. He held staff assignments at the Pentagon serving at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, as well as at the U.S. Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. He holds certification as a Politico-Military Affairs Strategist and served as the U.S. Defense Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. In his most recent assignment, Colonel Brooks served as the Vice Commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri.
1996 Bachelor of Science in General Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2005 Master of Arts in Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
2006 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2009 School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2010 Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2013 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
2014 International Training Course in Security Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland
1. May 1996 - March 1997, Administrative Assistant, Athletic Department, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
2. March 1997 - August 1998, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Oklahoma
3. September 1998 - June 1999, Student, B-1 Initial Qualification Course, 28th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
4. June 1999 - August 2003, B-1 Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Flight Commander, 9th Bomb Squadron and 7th Operational Support Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
6. August 2003 - September 2005, Air Force Intern Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
7. September 2005 - June 2008, B-1 Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations, and Wing Executive Officer, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
8. July 2008 - June 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
9. June 2009 - June 2011, Chief of the Current Operations Branch, Information Operations Division, Operations Directorate (J3), Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
10. July 2011 - April 2013, Commander, 9th Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas (January 2012 - July 2012, Commander, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
11. April - June 2013, Student, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
11. July 2013 - June 2014, Defense Fellow, 28th International Training Course in Security Policy, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland
12. July 2014 - June 2016, Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
13. June 2016 - Present, Wing Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2,400
Aircraft Flown: B-52, B-2, B-1, T-38, and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant May 29, 1998
Captain May 29, 2000
Major May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2010
Colonel October 1, 2014