Mr. Ken Arteaga is the Director, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School (EOS), U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst, N.J. The USAF EOS exercises, trains and educates cross-functional combat support and mobility personnel to survive and operate in any environment. The EOS is comprised of the 421st Combat Training Squadron, the 423d Mobility Training Squadron, the 435th Training Squadron, and the Dean of Academics. The USAF EOS is accredited by the Community College of the Air Force and graduates over 37,000 students per year in 101 courses.
Mr. Arteaga is a retired senior Air Force Officer with extensive experience as a Combat Search & Rescue and Special Operations helicopter pilot, an Assistant Professor in Business, a Combat Aviation Advisor, a commander, and a MAJCOM staff officer. Mr. Arteaga entered federal service in 2008 after a year in private industry. He played a predominant role in establishing Expeditionary Skills Division and the Air Advisory Academy, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas.
Mr. Arteaga is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours, including 76 combat hours during Operation DESERT STORM.
1984 Bachelor of Science degree in Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala
1995 Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1999 Master of Military Operational Art & Science, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala
1999 Air Command and Staff College AFB, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala
2003 Air War College (correspondence), Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala
1. July 1984 – May 1985, Student, Undergraduate Helicopter Trng, Fort Rucker, Ala
2. June 1985 – September 1985, Student, CH/HH-3E Replacement Training Unit, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
3. October 1985 – May 1989, CH/HH-3E Combat Search and Rescue Instructor Pilot and Chief of Training, 71st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
4. June 1989 – June 1993, CH/HH-3E Standardization and Evaluation Flight Evaluator Pilot and MH-60G Flight Evaluator and Program Manager, 1550th Combat Crew Training Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. July 1993 – May 1995, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
6. June 1995 – June 1998, Assistant Professor and Director of Personnel, Dept of Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo
7. July 1998 – May 1999, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala
8. June 1999 – June 2001, Combat Aviation Advisor and UH-1N Pilot, 6th Special Operations Squadron, and Chief, Combat Aviation Branch Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla
9. July 2001 – June 2004, UH-1H Evaluator Pilot, Director of Operations and Commander, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training-Helicopter, 23rd Flying Training Squadron, Ft. Rucker, Ala
10. July 2004 – May 2006, Deputy Chief, Flying Training Division, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
11. May 2006 – March 2007, Financial Analyst, Praxair Surface Technologies, N.Y.
12. August 2007 – March 2008, Air Advisor Flying Trng Analyst, Camber Corp., Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
13. March 2008 – January 2013, Civil Service, Deputy Chief, Special Missions Division (A3Q), Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
14. January 2013 – April 2014, Civil Service, Dean of Faculty, USAF Air Advisor Academy, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
15. April 2014 – June 2020, Civil Service, Deputy, Expeditionary Operations School, USAF Expeditionary Center, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
16. June 2020 – Present, Civil Service, Director, Expeditionary Operations School, USAF Expeditionary Center, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,000; including 76 combat hours
Aircraft flown: TH-55, UH-1H, UH-1N, CH/HH-3E, MH-60G
MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
1991 Kirtland AFB Company Grade Officer of the Year
1998 US Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator Award
2004 Flying Training Squadron of the Year Award (Commander)
2008 AF Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award
2009 & 2010 US Government Special Service Award
(Current as of May 2021)