Col Nathan L. Rusin is the commander of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He directs the worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations of six groups providing world-class ISR to combatant commanders, Combined/Joint Forces Air Component commanders, Numbered Air Force commanders and coalition forces. He is responsible for approximately 6,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, and a total enterprise valued at more than $5 billion.
Col Rusin received his commission in 1998 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, National Defense Intelligence College, and the U.S. Naval War College.  He is a career intelligence officer with assignments at the squadron, group, and Air Staff levels and has led Airmen as, the Director of Operations for the Joint Exploitation Squadron at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; an Instructor and then Commander of the 19th Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Chief, ISR Division 603d AOC at Ramstein AB, Germany. He also supported contingency operations for Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NOMAD SHADOW, and INHERENT RESOLVE.
Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Commander, 693d ISR Group, Ramstein AB, Germany, where he led ISR operations for the Russia-Ukraine Crisis with near-real time production for allies and partners.

1998 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1999 U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer Course, Goodfellow, AFB, Texas
2000 U.S. Air Force Targeting Course, Goodfellow, AFB, Texas
2002 U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Intelligence Division, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2005 Squadron Officer’s School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Masters of Science, Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College, Joint Base Anacosta-Bolling, Washington D.C.
2011 Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2019 Masters of Science, National Security & Strategic Studies, Naval War College, R.I.

  1. Jul 98–Apr 99, Student, USAF Intelligence Officer Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  2. Apr 99–May 01, Intelligence Officer, 2 FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  3. Jun 01–Jun 02, Intelligence Officer, 36 FS, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
  4. Jul 02–Dec 02, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 19 WPS, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  5. Jan 03–Jun 07, Chief, Intelligence Weapons, Training & Tactics, 1 OSS, Langley AFB Va.
  6. Jul 07–Jul 09, Instructor, 19 WPS, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  7. Aug 09–Jul 10, Student, National Defense Intelligence College, JB Anacosta-Bolling, Washington D.C.
  8. Jul 10–Aug 13, Director of Operations, Joint Exploitation Squadron, JSOC, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  9. Sep 13–May 15, Deputy Chief ISR Division, 603 AOC, Ramstein AB, Germany
  10. Jun 15–Jun 17, Commander, 19 WPS, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  11. Jun 17–Jul 18, Executive Officer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force A2/6, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  12. Aug 18–Jun 19, Student, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  13. Jul 19–Jun 20, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Chief/A32, 603 AOC, Ramstein AB, Germany
  14. Jul 20–May 22, Commander, 693d Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
  15. May 22–present, Commander, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters 
Joint Service Commendation Medal  
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Achievement Medal

Second Lieutenant                  27 May 1998
First Lieutenant                       27 May 2000
Captain                                    27 May 2002
Major                                       1 December 2007
Lieutenant Colonel                  1 May 2013
Colonel                                    1 July 2019
(Current as of May 2022)