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COVID-19 Updates and What the U.S. Government is doing about it.

 - Any service member or dependent at JBER who has COVID symptoms should be tested. Self-referral drive-up testing offered at the JBER Respiratory Clinic. Mon - Sun 7 A.M. - 3 P.M.
 - Further reduction of garrison and tenant services--we are working to find ways to provide virtual services as much as possible
 - Commissary and AAFES resources will remain available with current mitigating efforts in place
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Colonel Matthew J. Nicholson

Colonel Matthew J. Nicholson serves as the Vice Commander, 11th Air Force, JBER, AK. He serves as chief advisor to the Commander in executing the air component mission in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. 

Col Nicholson graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. He has held a variety of operational, flying and staff assignments including Squadron Command, Eleventh Air Force Director of Operations and Plans, F-1 SC Instructor Pilot, Air Liaison Officer, HQ Air Force Staff Officer, Pacific Command Staff Officer, US Forces-Iraq Staff officer, and Wing Director of Staff. 

Col Nicholson is a Command Pilot with more than 2100 hours in the F-15C/D, B-52H, AT-38, T-38, and T-37. He has been qualified as a combat ready pilot since 2000, deploying in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NOBLE EAGLE. 

EDUCATION: 
2014 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Va.
2013 Air War College by correspondence 
2009 Masters of Arts, Military History (with Honors), American Military University, WV 2007 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence 
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1996 Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, United States Air Force Academy, Col.

ASSIGNMENTS:
01.    July 20 to Present: Vice Commander, 11th Air Force, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
02.    Jul 18 to June 20: Vice Commander, 36th Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam
03.    Jul 17 to Jul 18: Director, Operations and Plans, 11th Air Force, JB Elmendorf­-Richardson, Alaska
04.    Jun 14 to Jul 17: Strategic Capabilities Integration Officer, USPACOM J81, Camp HM Smith, Hawaii
05.    Jun 12 to Jun 14, Commander, 507th ADAS, Nellis AFB, Nev.
06.    Jun 11 to Jun 12, Director of Operations, 507th ADAS, Nellis AFB, Nev.
07.    Jul 10 to Jun 11, Assistant Director of Operations, 57th ATSS, Nellis AFB, Nev.
08.    Jun 09 to Jun 10, US Forces-Iraq Plans Air Liaison Officer, Camp Victory, Iraq
09.    May 08 to Jun 09, Chief, Air Dominance Branch HAF/A9, Pentagon, DC
10.    Oct 06 to May 08, Director of Staff, 33d Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11.    May 06 to Oct 06, Assistant Director of Operations, 33d OSS, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12.    Sept 05 to May 06, Chief of Training and F-15 IP, 60th FS, Eglin AFB, Fla.
13.    May 04 to Sept 05, Flight Commander, 49th Fighter Training Sqd, Moody AFB, Ga.
14.    Mar 02 to May 04, Chief of Life Support, 49th Fighter Training Sqd, Moody AFB, Ga.
15.    Jan 99 to Mar 02, Chief of Safety, Security Manager, 67th FS, Kadena AB, Japan
16.    Jun 98 to Jan 99, Student, 95th FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
17.    Feb 97 to Jun 98, Student and Causal Lt, 47th FTW, Laughlin AFB, Texas
18.    May 96 to Feb 97, Assistant T-3 program director, USAFA, Col.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: 
Rating: Command Pilot 
Flight Hours: 2100 hours 
Aircraft Flown: F-15C/D, B-52H, AT-38, T-38, T-37 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: 
Legion of Merit 
Bronze Star 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal 
Aerial Achievement Medal 
Joint Service Commendation Medal 
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 
Meritorious Unit Award 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and silver oak leaf cluster Air Force Organizational Excellence Award 
Combat Readiness Medal 
National Defense Service Medal with one star 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 
Iraqi Campaign Medal with one star 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION: 
Second Lieutenant                                             May 1996
First Lieutenant                                                  May 1998
Captain                                                               May 2000
Major                                                                  May 2006
Lieutenant Colonel                                             July 2011
Colonel                                                               Sep 2017

(Current as of Jul 2020)