Colonel Christopher Auger is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 765 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Colonel Auger is responsible for the supervision and training of one of the largest cadet corps in the Air Force, with more than 450 cadets. He also serves as the Professor of Aerospace Studies; his staff of motivated, professional officers and non-commissioned officers administer a robust training program, to include formal classroom instruction, leadership laboratory, physical fitness, and officer candidate mentoring. Colonel Auger instructs the senior level cadet curriculum and prepares graduating cadets for active duty service.
Colonel Auger earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Norwich University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He obtained his master’s degrees from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Prior to his current position, Colonel Auger served as the Deputy Director of National Security Council Matters, where he prepared the Chief of Staff of the Air Force for strategic level deliberations and developed the Air Force’s consolidated position on Joint and interagency affairs.
1999 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Norwich University, Vt.
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2011 Master of Science, Aerospace and Aviation Science Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
2012 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio
2020 National Defense Fellowship, Georgetown University, Washington D.C
June 1999 – March 2001: Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola NAS, Fla.
March 2001- March 2002: F-15E Basic Qualification Course, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
March 2002 – January 2005: Scheduling Officer then Special Weapons, 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
January 2005 – August 2007: Strike Chief & Flight Commander, 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
August 2007 – October 2008: Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 494th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
October 2008 – August 2009: Wing Weapons Officer, 48th Operations Support Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
August 2009 – May 2012: F-15E Division Commander, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
May 2012 – June 2013: Student, Intermediate Developmental Education, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio
June 2013 – July 2015: Program Manager, AF Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities, Schriever AFB, Colo.
July 2015 – October 2015: F-15E Transition Course, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
October 2015 – March 2016: Assistant Director of Operations, 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
March 2016 – May 2017: Director of Operations, 4th Operations Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
May 2017 – May 2019: Commander, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
May 2019 – May 2020: National Defense Fellow, Senior Developmental Education, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
May 2020 – May 2021: Chief, Operations Division, F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington D.C.
May 2021- May 2022: Vice Wing Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Undisclosed Location.
May 2022 – July 2023: Deputy Director, Joint and National Security Council Matters, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
July 2023 – Present: Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 765, The Citadel, Charleston, SC.
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-34C, T-39, AT-38B, F-15E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air & Space Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air & Space Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf cluster
Air & Space Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 8, 1999
First Lieutenant June 2, 2001
Captain June 2, 2003
Major March 1, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel August 1, 2014
Colonel August 1, 2020
(CURRENT AS OF MARCH 2023)