Col. Christopher M. Farmer presently serves as the Commander of the 166th Operations Group.
As the commander, he is responsible for leading more than 320 personnel encompassing the 142d Airlift Squadron, 166th Operations Support Squadron, 142d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and the 166th Cyberspace Operations Squadron. The group’s overall mission is bring the 166th Operations Group and the First State to the fight, executed through a culture of full spectrum readiness by supporting any tactical airlift, aeromedical evacuation and cyber mission requirements anytime and anywhere.
Col Farmer began his military career in 1998 as an Intelligence Analyst in the Delaware Air National Guard. He received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2002. Col Farmer is a Master Navigator and a Maintenance Officer with over 2900 flight hours, including 924 combat hours. This is in addition to participating in combat and humanitarian relief support and he has been a member of the Delaware Air National Guard for over 22 years. His diverse background includes numerous operational and staff positions to include Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Wing Plans and Programs and Wing Executive Officer. Prior to his current position, he was the 166th MXS Commander, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle, Delaware.
2002 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Wilmington University, New Castle, Del.
2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence
2014 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence
2015 Reserve Component National Security Course, Crystal City, Va.
2016 Air National Guard Commanders Development Course, Joint Base Andrews AFB, Md.
2017 Accelerated Maintenance Officers Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2018 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence
2020 Operations Group Commander Course, CVR TEAMS
2020 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence
2021 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
2021 DSCA Hurricane Immersion Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
- November 1999 - March 2002, Intelligence Analyst, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
- June 2002 - June 2003, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas
- April 2004 - Present, Navigator, C-130, 142nd AS, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
- June 2010 - August 2014, Chief Weapons and Tactics, 166th OSS, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
- September 2014 - October 2015, Chief, Wing Plans and Programs, 166th Airlift Wing, Del. ANG, New Castle, Del.
- October 2015 - October 2016, Wing Executive Officer, 166th Airlift Wing, Del. ANG, New Castle, Del.
- October 2016 - October 2017, Squadron Commander, 166th AMXS, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
- October 2017 - May 2020, Squadron Commander, 166th MXS, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
- May 2020 – Present, Group Commander, 166th OG, Delaware ANG, New Castle, Del.
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: More than 2,900 hours
Navigator Wings: Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with three devices
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with two devices
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one device
Combat Readiness Medal with two devices
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two devices
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Short Tour with one device
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with four devices
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with two devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two ”M” devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, (Rifle)
AF Training Ribbon with one device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman 1st Class Aug. 6, 1998
Senior Airman Jan. 7, 2000
Staff Sergeant April 25, 2002
Second Lieutenant June 21, 2002
First Lieutenant June 21, 2004
Captain June 21, 2006
Major Jan. 20, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel May 25, 2016
Colonel Oct. 28, 2020
(Current as of September 2021)