Illinois National Guard

COL Robertson COL Robertson

Col. William P. Robertson is the commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing. He is responsible for maintaining the combat readiness of eight C-130 aircraft and more than 1,240 traditional and full-time Illinois Air National Guardsmen, and ensures that all units fulfill their state and federal missions as directed by the appropriate authorities.

Col. Robertson began his military career in 1980 by enlisting in the Illinois Air National Guard as a security policeman while attending Illinois Central College. He was selected for pilot training by the 182nd Tactical Air Support Group, attended the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1983. During his career he has served in roles including forward air controller, air liaison officer and aircraft commander. He was instrumental in the conversion of his unit’s flying mission from the OA-37 Dragonfly to the F-16 Fighting Falcon in 1992 and then to the C-130 Hercules in 1995. Col. Robertson has also been involved in the Illinois National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Republic of Poland since the beginning of the alliance in 1993.

Col. Robertson has deployed worldwide in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He is a command pilot with more than 4,800 hours of flying various aircraft and is dual-status command qualified. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the commander of the 182nd Operations Group, Peoria, Illinois.

1981 Associates of Science degree in police science technology, Illinois Central College, Peoria, Ill.
1983 Bachelors of Science degree in administration of criminal justice, Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
1983 Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1996 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Joint Task Force Commander Course, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2015 Dual Status Commander Orientation Course, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.

August 1983 – August 1984, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 82nd Student Squadron, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
August 1984 – June 1992, Forward Air Controller, 169th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
June 1992 – June 1994, Weapons and Tactics Officer, 169th Fighter Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
June 1994 – June 1995, Weapons and Tactics Officer, 169th Airlift Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
June 1995 – June 1996, Current Operations Officer, 182nd Operations Support Flight, Peoria, Ill.
June 1996 – May 1997, Chief of Current Operations, 182nd Operations Support Flight, Peoria, Ill.
June 1997 – August 2004, Operations Group Commander, 182nd Operations Group, Peoria, Ill.
August 2004 – Present, Wing Commander, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,800
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, OA-37B, C-26, AT-38B, F-16 and C-130

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal

Illinois Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with '17' device
Illinois State Active Duty Service Ribbon
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal

National Guard Association of the United States (Lifetime Member)
National Guard Association of Illinois (Lifetime Member)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (Lifetime Member)
American Legion
Peoria High School Alumni Association
President, Rotary Club of Peoria
Board member, Goodwill Industries
Board member, YMCA

Colonel, March 2001

Current as of February 2016

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