Col. Michael D. Stohler is the Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He organizes, trains and equips over 1,000 Professional Airmen, providing Decisive Firepower and Agile Combat Support to Combatant Commanders worldwide. Col. Stohler executes an annual budget in excess of $70 million. He formulates plans and policies for flying operations, aircraft maintenance, mission support and medical agencies across the wing. Col. Stohler coordinates requirements at the local, state and national levels and he is accountable for policies pertaining to operations, personnel, equipment, funds and real property.
Col. Stohler enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard in 1986, serving as an aircraft crew chief with the F-4E until 1990, when he earned his officer commission. As an F-16 pilot and graduate of the United States Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Col. Stohler served in various leadership positions in the 163rd Fighter Squadron, culminating in his selection for squadron command in 2006. He commanded the 122nd Operations Group, leading the flying organization through conversion from the F-16C Fighting Falcon to the A-10C Thunderbolt II. Prior to assuming his current position, Col. Stohler was the State Director of Operations of the Indiana Air National Guard at Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Col. Stohler is a command pilot with over 4,100 hours in the F-16 and A-10 aircraft. He served in multiple combat deployments, logging 833 hours during 161 combat sorties in support of operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve, where he served as the first commander of the reactivated “Red Tails” of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group. Col. Stohler is currently a traditional “citizen soldier”; when he is not at the 122nd Fighter Wing, he works in the community as a commercial airline pilot.