131st Bomb Wing – Missouri ANG Community
Vice Commander 131st Bomb Wing
LT. COL. MATTHEW D. CALHOUN
131ST BOMB WING
Lt. Col. Matthew Calhoun is vice commander of the 131st Bomb Wing, a classic associate wing with the active-duty 509th Bomb Wing. He is second in command of the National Guard’s only B-2 unit that provides nearly 1,200 combat-ready Citizen-Airmen for both state and federal missions.
Calhoun received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at The Ohio State University in 1996. After graduation from pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, he qualified as a B-52H pilot and was assigned to Minot AFB, North Dakota. In 2004, he was competitively selected to become a B-2 pilot at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. He received his master’s degree in strategic communication from George Mason University as an Air Force Fellow, and then helped lead the stand-up of Air Force Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. There he served as B-2 weapon system team chief, responsible for the B-2 operating budget as well as upgrade and sustainment programs valued at $2.7 billion. He was also part of a select team that established initial requirements for the future Long Range Strike-Bomber.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 total hours and 250 combat hours. He previously served as the 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, and joined the Missouri Air National Guard as the 131st Bomb Wing chief of safety, and was later named the commander of the 131st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.