Lieutenant Colonel KYLE S. WILKINSON

Lt Col Wilkinson is the Commander, 338th Recruiting Squadron, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As commander, he leads and directs the recruiting activities of eight enlisted accessions flights with approximately 98 active duty and civilian personnel.  The 338th RCS area of responsibility encompasses 52 recruiting offices and three military entrance processing stations spread across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Illinois.  The squadron’s mission is to inspire, engage, and recruit future Airmen and Guardians to deliver air and space power for the United States of America.   

Lt. Col. Wilkinson earned his commission in 2007 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served in a variety of assignments, with duties including personnel and promotions analysis; recruiting and teaching in the ROTC program at Texas State University; and research, development, and operational fielding of information operations and intelligence technologies.

Prior to pursuing a PhD in Operations Research, Lt. Col. Wilkinson served as a joint planner and assessor for USCYBERCOM. There he led the campaign assessment team to develop initial capabilities for the nascent combatant command. His team's work forged key feedback mechanisms for plans and programs/budgeting, cyberspace operations, and staff processes. In addition, he oversaw the command's yearly response to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Annual Joint Assessment.

EDUCATION

2007 Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

2009 Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

2014 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (distinguished graduate)

2018 Master of Science in Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (distinguished graduate)

2019 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (distinguished graduate)

2024 (projected) Doctor of Philosophy, Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

ASSIGNMENTS

1. May 2007 – April 2011, Personnel and Promotions Analyst, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base (AFB), TX

2. April 2011 – May 2013, Recruiting Flight Commander, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 840, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

3. May 2013 – August 2016, Cyber-Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Program Manager, 711 Human Performance Wing, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

4. August 2016 – July 2018, Student and Civilian Institutions Medical Branch Supervisor, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

5. July 2018 – July 2019, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

6. July 2019 – August 2021, J5 Joint Planner and Assessment Team Lead, USCYBERCOM, Fort Meade, MD

7. August 2021 – June 2024, PhD Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

8. June 2024 – Present, Commander, 338th Recruiting Squadron, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

  1. July 2019 – August 2021, J5 Joint Planner and Assessment Team Lead, USCYBERCOM, Fort Meade, MD, as a major

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Air and Space Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 30, 2007

First Lieutenant May 30, 2009

Captain May 30, 2011

Major Feb. 1, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 2021

(Current as of March 2024)