Lieutenant Colonel MICHAEL A. ARMSTRONG

Lt. Col. Michael A. Armstrong is the Commander, 368th Recruiting Squadron, headquartered at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He directs the recruiting activities of six enlisted accession flights with 86 active duty and 11 civilian personnel, spanning seven states and 467,000 square miles, including Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and western Wyoming. The unit’s mission is to inspire, engage, and recruit the next generation of Airmen and Guardians.

Lt. Col. Armstrong enlisted in the Air Force in April 1991 and served as both a Security Policeman and a KC-135 Boom Operator. Over his fifteen-year enlisted career he traveled to four assignments and held numerous leadership positions as a Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner at the Squadron, Wing, and Major Command levels. In May of 2006, Lt. Col. Armstrong received a direct commission as an Aerospace Physiologist. He has held numerous operational and leadership positions over five assignments, which included three flight commands. He has multiple deployments in support of operations ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to his current position, Lt Col Armstrong was the Human Factors Investigations Branch Chief, Headquarter Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.



1996 Airman Leadership School, Osan Air Base (AB), Korea

2003 Aviation/Aerospace Safety Certificate, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.

2004 NCO Academy, Peterson Air Force Base (AFB), Colo.

2004 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.

2011 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2014 Master of Science, Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.

2016 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence



  1. April – May 1991, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
  2. June – September 1991, Student, Security Police Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
  3. September 1991 – April 1996, 88th Missile Security Squadron, Response Force Member, Mobile Fire Team Leader, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
  4. April 1996 – April 1997, Law Enforcement Journymen, Mortar Operations Journymen, Heavy Weapons Instructor, 8th Security Police Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Korea
  5. April 1997 – October 1997, Student, KC-135 Boom Operator Training, Altus AFB, Okla.
  6. October 1997 – August 2004, KC-135 Boom Operator, Flight Superintendent, KC-135 Flight Instructor, Squadron and Group Flight Evaluator, 92 Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
  7. August 2004 – May 2006, Tanker allocations Director, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
  8. May 2006 – June 2006, Student, Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  9. June 2006 – September 2006, Student, Aerospace Physiology Officer Training, Brooks AFB, Texas
  10. September 2006 – July 2010, Aerospace Physiology Operations Officer, Public Health Flight Commander, Medical Group Executive Officer, 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  11. July 2010 – July 2013, Aerospace and Operational Physiology Flight Commander, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
  12. July 2013 – July 2017, Aerospace and Operational Medicine Flight Commander, 354th Medical Operations Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
  13. July 2017 – June 2020, Assistant Director of Operations, 479th Operations Support Squadron, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
  14. June 2020 – May 2023, Air Force Safety Center Human Factors Investigations Branch Chief, Headquarter Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
  15. June 2023 – Present, Commander, 368th Recruiting Squadron, headquartered at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.



Senior Officer Crewmember

Flight hours: More than 2,600

Combat Flight Hours:  546

Aircraft flown: KC-135R/T, T-1A, T-6A, F-16D, HC-130J, MC-130J



Meritorious Service Medal with four oak cluster

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one service star

Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one service star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

NATO Medal