Colonel Tommy F. Tillman
is the Wing Commander, 172d Airlift Wing, Thompson Field, Jackson, Mississippi. He directs the operations, maintenance and support of the Wing’s assigned C-17 Globemaster III aircraft tasked with providing global strategic and tactical airlift in support of National Command Authority objectives and the objectives of the Governor of Mississippi. The 172d Airlift Wing is comprised of more than fifteen local and geographically separated units, and is capable of supporting airlift and aeromedical evacuation operations, tactical airlift control, combat civil engineering, air control, and combat readiness and training.
Colonel Tillman enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard in March 1987. After five years of enlisted service, he commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in July 1992. Colonel Tillman started his flying career at Reese Air Force Base, Texas and is a command pilot with more than 4,450 total flying hours in the C-141B/C and C-17A aircraft. He has held numerous positions at the squadron and wing level and through his expertise, was selected as Initial Cadre for the 172d Airlift wing’s transition to the C-17 Globemaster III. Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Tillman served as the 172d Airlift Wing Vice Commander and Air Commander, implementing the Wing Commander’s vision to train, equip and maintain combat mission ready operational and support forces to meet Federal and state response requirements.