Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Reid is the Commander, CRTC-Battlefield Airmen Center (BAC) Gulfport, Mississippi. The primary mission of the CRTC-BAC is to provide an integrated, year-round, realistic joint training environment (Air Space, Ranges, Systems, Facilities, and Equipment) for units to enhance their capability and combat readiness. The CRTC-BAC is certified as a National Training Center emphasizing Special Operations Forces (SOF), Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD/DEAD), Close Air Support (CAS), En-Route Casualty Care (ERCC) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR). Lt. Col. Reid is responsible for all operations of the CRTC-BAC, which includes the Shelby East and West Air to Ground Gunnery Ranges, five drop zones, C-17/C-130/C-27 Assault Strip, the Air Combat Training System and all associated airspace. The CRTC-BAC is an Aerial Port of Embarkation/Debarkation in support of Contingency Operations worldwide. Also located on the installation are the 255th Air Control Squadron, 209th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron, 890th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group.
Lt. Col. Reid joined the Mississippi National Guard in 1989 in the 186th Maintenance Group and was later commissioned in 1998 as a graduate of the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air Force Base, Knoxville, Tennessee. During his enlisted career, he performed maintenance on the RF-4C and the KC-135R as a Guidance and Control System Specialist. In 1998 after completion of Undergraduate Pilot Training, Lt. Col. Reid returned to the 186th Operations Group to fly the KC-135R. His duties at the 186th Operations Group included KC-135R Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, Evaluator Pilot, Flight Commander, Executive Officer, and Director of Operations. Lt. Col. Reid has flown missions supporting Operations NOBLE EAGLE, JOINT FORGE, CORONET WEST, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and FREEDOM'S SENTINEL. He has served as the Detachment Commander for Pacific Tanker Task Force deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He is a command pilot with over 4,100 hours in the MC-12W, C-27J and KC-135R.