COL. TRICIA A. VAN DEN TOP

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Colonel Tricia A. Van Den Top is the Commander of the 90th Mission Support Group at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. She executes $54 million in funds and leads more than 1,365 military, civilian and contractor personnel assigned to the civil engineer, communications, contracting, force support and logistics readiness squadrons. She is responsible for the operations and maintenance of $2.9 billion in assets to include 793 base facilities, totaling 5.3 million square-feet, and 220 missile field facilities covering more than 9,000 square-miles over three states.

 

Col Van Den Top entered the Air Force in 1996 as a direct commission into the Air Force Nurse Corps and transferred to the Logistics Plans and Programs career field in 2002. Her career includes a variety of operational and staff positions. She deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve and served on the staff at the Defense Logistics Agency and Headquarters Air Force Directorate of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support. She commanded the 421st Supply Chain Management Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla. Prior to her current assignment, Colonel Van Den Top was the Deputy Commander of the 28th Mission Support Group, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

 

EDUCATION

1994 Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa

2002 Distinguished Graduate, Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Lackland AFB, Texas 

2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2005 Advanced Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Air Expeditionary Center, Fort Dix, N.J.

2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2007 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Va.

2008 Master of Science degree in air transportation management, Embry-Riddle University

2009 Master of Science degree in logistics, Air Force Institute of Technology (IDE), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

2013 Air War College, by correspondence

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. May 1996 - February 2000, staff nurse, Multi-Service Unit and Family Practice, 90th Medical Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

2. February 2000 - May 2000, student, Operating Room Nurse School, 59th Medical Group, Lackland AFB, Texas

3. May 2000 - May 2002, nurse manager, General Surgery, 81st Medical Operations Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss.

4. July 2002 - August 2003, officer-in-charge of Plans and Programs, 81st Training Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss.

5. August 2003 - March 2004, flight commander, Fuels Management, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Royal Air Force Station, Lakenheath, United Kingdom

6. March 2004 - June 2004, Logistics Functions Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Group, Kandahar Army Airfield, Afghanistan

7. June 2004 - May 2005, flight commander, Vehicle Management, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Royal Air Force Station, Lakenheath, United Kingdom

8. May 2005 - August 2005, student, Advanced Logistics Officer Course, Air Expeditionary Center, Fort Dix, N.J.

9. September 2005 - September 2006, Chief, Customer Assessment, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

10. September 2006 - May 2008, executive assistant to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

11. May 2008 - May 2009, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

12. June 2009 - June 2010, Chief, Logistics Plans Forward, Combined Forces Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility

13. June 2010 - August 2011, Chief, Combat Airman Implementation Team, Materiel Support Division, Directorate of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

14. August 2011 - March 2012, Branch Chief, Joint Petroleum Office, Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.

15. May 2012 - June 2014, Commander, 421st Supply Chain Management Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.

16. May 2015 - Sept 2015, Deputy Commander Deployed, 332nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait

17. June 2014 - June 2017, Deputy Commander, 28th Mission Support Group, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

18. June 2017 - present, Commander, 90th Mission Support Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. September 2005 - September 2006, Chief, Customer Assessment, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., as a major

2. September 2006 - May 2008, executive assistant to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., as a major

3. June 2009 - June 2010, Chief, Logistics Plans Forward, Combined Forces Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility, as a lieutenant colonel

4. August 2011 - March 2012, Branch Chief, Joint Petroleum Office, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a lieutenant colonel

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management Lt. Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr., Award, 2009

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1996

First Lieutenant May 27, 1997

Captain May 27, 1999

Major June 1, 2005

Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2010

Colonel Aug. 1, 2016

 

(Current as of 19 Jun 2017)