Lieutenant Colonel LIEUTENANT COLONEL ERIC C. BLATTNER

Lt Col Eric C. Blattner is the Commander, 314th Recruiting Squadron, Burlington, New Jersey. The 314th RCS comprises 63 recruiting and 21 support personnel who recruit men and women throughout New Jersey and Delaware, as well as sections of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Its mission is to inspire, engage and recruit today's brightest talent to serve in our Air Force and Space Force as the next generation of Airmen and Guardians.
Lt Col Blattner entered the Air Force in 2006 after earning his commission through the Officer Training School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in 2004 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and a Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science in 2014 from Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama. Lt Col Blattner is a career acquisition officer who has executed a wide-range of force modernization missions and has served in joint positions at US Central Command and the Missile Defense Agency. He is a published author and a prior Afghanistan-Pakistan Hand with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  
Prior to his current position, the Lt Col was the Director, C2BMC Warfighter Support, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.  As the Director, he led a team of 34 government civilian and contractor personnel responsible for combatant command integration, training, and exercises in support of global operations and sustainment of the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system; the Department of Defense’s primary global missile defense C2 system.

EDUCATION
2004 Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, Ind.
2007 Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala
2013 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala Master of Military Operational Art & Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Joint Professional Military Education II Course, Norfolk NAS, Va (In-residence)
2020 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala (In-residence)

ASSIGNMENTS
April 2009, Strategic Plans and Programs Manager, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla (December 2008 – April 2009, Officer-In-Charge, Mobile Analysis Lab, Defense Intelligence Agency, Camp Slayer, Baghdad, Iraq)
April 2009 – May 2010, Geophysical Systems Program Manager, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla
May 2010 – July 2012 – Deputy Program Manager, Financial Information Systems, 554th Electronic Systems Group, Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (August 2011 – May 2012, Inspector General/Audit Liaison Officer, NTM-A/CSTC-A, International Security Assistance Force, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan)
July 2012 – October 2012, Lead Structures Manufacturing Engineer, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
October 2012 – August 2014, Chief, Military Personnel Operations, Headquarters, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
August 2014 – June 2015, Flight Commander, 32nd Student Training Squadron, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala
June 2015 – September 2015, Director of Training, Squadron Officer College, Maxwell AFB, Ala
September 2015 – July 2016, Executive Officer, Squadron Officer College, Maxwell AFB, Ala
July 2016 – January 2017, Director of Staff, Ira C. Eaker Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
January 2017 – July 2018, AFPAK Hand and Lead Advisor, Train Advise Assist Command-North, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Camp Marmal, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
July 2018 – July 2019, Logistics Planner, Directorate of Logistics and Engineering, United States Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla
July 2019 – June 2020, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala
June 2020 – November 2021, Deputy Director, C2BMC Warfighter Support, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Ala
November 2021 – May 2023, Director, C2BMC Warfighter Support, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Ala; Present, Commander, 314th Recruiting Squadron, Burlington, N.J.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

(Current as of May 2023)