Colonel Matthew K. Heintzelman

Col. Matthew Heintzelman is the Commander, 302d Mission Support Group, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. He is responsible for day-to-day management of a group consisting of 450 reserve members across the force support, aerial port, logistics readiness, security forces, civil engineering and communications career fields.

Col. Heintzelman initially entered the Air Force on active duty in 1989 and earned his commission in 2000 through Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He has deployed twice as the J-1 during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and three additional deployments supporting the Air Force Special Operations Command in various locations. He has served in a variety of leadership roles at the squadron, group, wing and headquarters levels including executive officer to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, Balad Air Base, Afghanistan.

Prior to his current position, the colonel was the Chief, Logistics Readiness Division, HQ AFRC/A4R, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

1996 Associate in Applied Science in Munitions Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
1999 Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, Park University, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
2000 Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2001 Basic Personnel Officer Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
2004 Munitions Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2004 Nuclear Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Masters of Business Administration, Touro University, Cypress, Calif.
2006 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course (Accelerated), Sheppard AFB, Texas
2006 Maintenance Officer Intermediate Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2007 Basic Communications Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1. October 1989 - October 1991, Munitions Systems Specialist, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, UK
2. October 1991 - July 1993, Munitions Systems Specialist, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. August 1993 - January 1996, Munitions Systems Specialist, Gowan Field, Idaho
4. January 1996 - April 2000, Munitions Systems Specialist, Tucson International Airport, Ariz.
5. July 2000 - June 2004, Equipment Maintenance Squadron Section Commander, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. June 2004 - September 2005, Munitions Flight Commander, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
7. October 2005 - June 2007, Munitions Flight Commander & Aircraft Operations Officer, 57th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
8. June 2007 - December 2014, Aircraft Quality Assurance Officer and Maintenance Group Group Executive Officer, Duke Field, Fla.
9. December 2014 - April 2017, Commander, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
10. April 2017- September 2019, Deputy Commander, 482d Mission Support Group, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
11. September 2019 - September 2021, Commander, 920th Mission Support Group, Patrick Space Force Base, Fla.
12. September 2021 - November 2023, Chief, Logistics Readiness Division, HQ AFRC/A4R, Robins AFB, Ga.
13. November 2023 - Present, Commander, 302d Mission Support Group, Peterson SFB, Fla

XX 2001 - XX 2002, Deployed J1 Director, Operation Enduring Freedom, Location Data Masked

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six devices
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two devices
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one device
Iraq Campaign Medal with two devices
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with five devices
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with seven devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one “M” device
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

(Current as of January 2024)