General Officer Biography



Brigadier General Charles W. Collier Jr. is the assistant adjutant general for Air who also serves as the Commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard. He serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General of North Carolina on all programs and operations affecting North Carolina Air National Guard units to ensure wartime mission readiness. He coordinates the state staff activities pertaining to operations, planning, programming, administration, and force management. He ensures that all units are provided all the resources necessary to accomplish the mission.

General Collier received his commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 1971 and began undergraduate pilot training the following month. His first assignment was to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, as a T-37 instructor pilot, training South Vietnamese pilots. Following active duty, he served in the Tennessee Air National Guard before transferring to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard in 1986. He has held numerous positions prior to his current assignment. He is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours.


1969 Bachelor of science degree in psychology, Memphis State University, Tenn.
1976 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1992 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1996 Air War College, by correspondence


1. June 1971 - June 1972, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. June 1972 - April 1976, T-37 instructor pilot, 88th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
3. April 1976 - October 1978, HH-53 aircraft commander, 33rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Kadena Airbase, Japan
4. October 1978 - August 1980, HH-53 instructor pilot/flight examiner, 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
5. August 1980 - April 1982, inactive status (NARS), Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colo.
6. April 1982 - June 1986, C-130A co-pilot/aircraft commander, 155th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Nashville, Tenn.
7. July 1986 - November 1992, C-130B/H aircraft commander, 156th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Charlotte, N.C.
8. December 1992 - February 1996, chief, operations plans, 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, N.C.
9. February 1996 - May 1998, commander, 145th Maintenance Squadron, Charlotte, N.C.
10. May 1998 - June 2001, commander, 145th Operations Group, Charlotte, N.C.
11. June 2001 - May 2004, chief of staff, Headquarters, North Carolina Air National Guard, Charlotte, N.C.
12. December 2004 - May 2005, director of mobility forces, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
13. June 2004 - Present, assistant adjutant general for air who also serves as Commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard, Headquarters, North Carolina Air National Guard, Charlotte, NC


Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: More than 4,100
Aircraft flown: C-130A, B, H; HH-53; UH-1; T-37 and T-38
Pilot wings from: Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas


Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf clusters
North Carolina National Guard State Service Award with silver propeller


Senior Captain for US Airways with over 9,000 hours of commercial flight time. He is a former FAA Designated Flight Examiner and was a member of US Airways Flight Standardization committee.


Second Lieutenant May 14, 1971
First Lieutenant Feb 1, 1973
Captain Feb 1, 1975
Major Jun 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel Jun 1, 1992
Colonel May 19, 1998
Brigadier General Nov 1, 2001



(Current as of April 2006)


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