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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. Christopher L. Green assists the commander in ensuring that objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within the 115th Fighter Wing. Green is a prior enlisted Airman who received his commission in 2001 after graduating from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science as a distinguished graduate. Prior to his command assignments, Green served in a variety of positions including Installation Deployment Officer, Chief of Supply, Munitions Accountable Systems Officer, Logistics Readiness Squadron Operations Officer, United States Property and Fiscal Officer assistant for property and Battle Staff Coordinator. Green previously commanded the 115th Communications Flight, 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kirkuk, Iraq, and the 115th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 115th Maintenance Group.
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.