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As commander, Col. Erik Peterson is responsible for nearly 1,200 active-guard and traditional forces that support the President of the United States and the Governor of Wisconsin. With a premier fighter and mission support force made up of superior and reliable personnel, the 115th is able to successfully support community, state, and federal missions. Graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Peterson began his Air Force career as the maintenance officer and flight lead at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He then became an instructor and evaluator pilot for the 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and the 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah. Peterson’s previous commands include the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, 176th Fighter Squadron, 115th Fighter Wing Operations Group and 115th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group.
As vice commander, Col. Kevin Philpot assists the commander in ensuring that objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within the 115th Fighter Wing. After graduating in 1990 from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee, Philpot became a general engineer for the 115th Civil Engineering Squadron at Truax Field. He then served as an executive officer for the 506th Air Expeditionary Group in Kirkuk, Iraq, and later went on to be a special operations combat historian in the Horn of Africa and Iraq. Philpot has also been the director of strategic plans and the director of domestic operations for Joint Force Headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. His previous commands include the 115th Civil Engineering Squadron, the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, Balad, Iraq, and the 115th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group Commander.
As the command chief, Chief Master Sgt. James C. McKay’s mission is to advocate on behalf of the enlisted force to ensure issues with their readiness, professional development, training, and quality of life are addressed. McKay joined the Army National Guard in 1985. After serving seven years as an avionics mechanic, he transferred to the Air National Guard in 1993. Prior to his current position, McKay was a telephone systems specialist, ground radio technician, the chief of maintenance, operations branch superintendent, communications chief, and mission support group superintendent.

Located on Truax Field in
Madison, Wisconsin,
the 115th provides invaluable
Homeland Defense
to the Midwest region
with a premier fighter
and mission support force.