Colonel John W. Picklesimer

Colonel John W. Picklesimer is the Commander, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this role Colonel Picklesimer leads more than 3,000 Airmen, civilians, and contract personnel across four operations groups with 19 squadrons at eight locations worldwide. He ensures the readiness and employment of Airmen to conduct network operations, defense, attack, and exploitation in service of the Air Force, combatant commands, and national agencies. The 67 CW develops, trains, exercises and tests information operations tactics, techniques and procedures; analyzes and mitigates U.S. cyberspace vulnerabilities; and integrates emerging information dominance capabilities for the warfighter. Operationally, the wing acts as Air Forces Cyber’s execution arm for generating, projecting, and sustaining combat power with the employment of the Network Attack System and the Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunt weapon systems.     
                                                
Colonel Picklesimer earned his commission in 2001 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. He is a career Communications and Cyber Warfare Officer with assignments in deployable communications, network analysis, planning, staff, and operations. He served as the Director of Operations for the 92nd Information Operations Squadron and the commander of the 91st Cyberspace Operations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Additionally, his planning and staff experience includes assignments at Thirteenth Air Force, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Force headquarters staff.
 
Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Picklesimer was the Commander, 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

EDUCATION
2001 Bachelor of Science, Aviation Computer Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2002 Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
2002 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Master of Arts, Computer Resource and Information Management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2009 Advanced Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2010 Undergraduate Network Warfare Training, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2014 Technical Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C.
2014 TNO Positional Initial Qualification Training, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2017 Cyberspace 300: Joint Advanced Cyberspace Operations, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2020 Air Force Fellowship Program, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
 
ASSIGNMENTS
  1. January 2002 – January 2004, Deputy Flight Commander Airfield Systems and Network Systems Flights, 34th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (March 2003 – October 2003, Flight Commander, 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait)
  2. January 2004 – October 2006, Chief Analyst, Dynamic Network Analysis, later Flight Commander, Information Services Flight, Air Force Communications Agency, Scott AFB, Ill.
  3. October 2006 – May 2008, Operations Systems Integrator, Thirteenth Air Force, Hickam AFB, Hawaii (Multiple, Director of Communications-Forward, Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica, Christchurch, New Zealand and McMurdo Station, Antarctica).
  4. May 2008 – October 2009, Executive Officer, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  5. October 2009 – August 2011, Branch Chief, Strategy Guidance, 624th Operations Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
  6. August 2011 – July 2013, Director of Operations, 92nd Information Operations Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  7. July 2013 – July 2014, Student, National Intelligence University, Washington D.C.
  8. July 2014 – July 2016, Commander, 91st Cyberspace Operations Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  9. July 2016 – July 2017, Branch Chief, Cyberspace Operations Capabilities, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  10. July 2017 – July 2019, Special Assistant for Senior Officer Matters, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
  11. July 2019 – May 2020, Fellow, National Laboratory Technologies Fellows Program, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  12. May 2020 – May 2022, Chief Operations Officer and Chief of the Director’s Action Group, U.S. Cyber Command Operations Directorate, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
  13. May 2022 – June 2024, Commander, 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  14. June 2024 – Present, Commander, 67th Cyberspace Wing, JBSA-Lackland, Texas  
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
  1. May 2020 – May 2022, Chief Operations Officer and Chief of the Director’s Action Group, U.S. Cyber Command Operations Directorate, Fort George G. Meade, Md, as a Colonel
Major Awards and Decorations
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters