Manlius New York Air National Guard Colonel Kevin Bradley, the former commander of the 174th Fighter Wing and Hancock Field Air National Guard Base and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq War, was promoted to brigadier general on Friday, Aug. 24.
Col. Kevin Bradley, who currently serves as Director of Operations for the New York Air National Guard and an Assistant Adjutant General for Air of the New York National Guard, served as the commander of the 174th Fighter wing from May of 2008 until March of this year. During that period the wing transitioned from flying F-16 fighter-bombers to operating the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. The wing controls aircraft flying operational mission in Afghanistan from a control center in Syracuse and also trains MQ-9 mechanics and pilots and sensor operators for the Air Force.
Bradley, a Delta Airlines pilot in civilian life, joined the New York Air National Guard in 1992 and has commanded frontline combat units at the squadron, group and wing level. He has served at the National Guard Bureau and the Headquarters United States Air Force. General Bradley is a command pilot with over 3500 hours in the T-37, T-38, F-16 and MQ-9 aircraft.
He has flown combat missions in support of Operation Provide Comfort, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served in the Active Air Force from 1984 to 1992 prior to joining the National Guard.
Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia College. He is also a graduate of the Air War College.
Bradley's awards include the Bronze Star medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, the Southwest Asian Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.
He and his wife, Karen, live in Manlius.
With almost 6, 000 men and women in six major units, the New York Air National Guard is the largest single component of the Air National Guard of the United States.