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Colonel John A. Cluck serves as the Commander of the 139th Airlift Wing, Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St. Joseph, Missouri.


Colonel Cluck was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on 13 August, 1968. He grew up in Wathena Kansas and graduated from Wathena High School in 1986.  He enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard in April 1986 as an Air Cargo Specialist. In 1992, Colonel Cluck transferred to the 180th Airlift Squadron as a C-130 loadmaster. In 1994, he earned his undergraduate degree in Milling Science from Kansas State University, and received his commissioned from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tennessee, in 1995. After graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, Texas, Colonel Cluck returned to the 180th to serve as a C-130 pilot. Colonel Cluck has deployed for Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, JOINT FORGE, ALLIED FORCE, PROVIDE PROMISE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, JOINT ENTERPRISE and CORONET OAK.


Colonel Cluck has served as Commander, 180th Airlift Squadron, Commander, 139th Operations Support Squadron, and as the Commander, 139th Operations Group. Colonel Cluck is a Command Pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours in the C-130.



1994 Bachelor of Science Degree in Milling Science and Management, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Ks.

2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Al.

2012 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

2015 Air War College Seminar, Knoxville, Tn.



  1. March 1995 – May 2014, C-130 pilot, 180th Airlift Squadron, St. Joseph, Mo.

  2. May 2014 – February 2015, Assistant Director of Operations, 180th Airlift Squadron, St. Joseph, Mo.

  3. February 2015 – July 2015, Commander, 180th Airlift Squadron, St. Joseph, Mo.

  4. July 2015 – December 2015, Commander, 139th Operations Support Squadron, St. Joseph, Mo.

  5. December 2015 – July 2017, Commander, 139th Operations Group, St. Joseph, Mo.

  6. July 2017 – Present, Vice Commander, 139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph, Mo.



Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device silver oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two bronze star devices

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star device

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and 5 “M” Device (1 device)



Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours:  More than 5000 including more than 750 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: C-130H, C-130E, T-37, B717 (Civilian), B737 (Civilian)



Second Lieutenant February 23, 1995

First Lieutenant February 23, 1997

Captain March 1, 1999

Major December 19, 2005

Lieutenant Colonel December 19, 2012

Colonel September 15, 2016



(Current as of January 2018)