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Colonel Erik J. Haeuptle serves as the Deputy Commander, 43d Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Liberty, NC. He leads a unique stand-alone, group responsible for the rapid strategic deployment of forces in support of the nation’s Immediate Response Force and National Mission Force and providing combat training & readiness for Joint and MAF partners. He also serves as the Senior Air Force Liaison Officer to the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Liberty Installation Garrison Commanders. Comprised of 800 personnel and eight Squadrons spanning three operating locations, the 43d Air Mobility Operations Group supports more than 2,700 Airmen and civilians as the installation command team across five Major Commands. To secure national objectives, the group is prepared to meet short-notice, humanitarian, and worldwide mobility taskings. Furthermore, the group provides combatant commanders with Airborne Joint Forcible Entry, combat airlift, aerial port, command and control, as well as other enabling capabilities.

Colonel Haeuptle earned his commission in 2003 from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 620 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation, he spent a year awaiting training at Eglin AFB in the 728th Air Control Squadron and as a 33d Operations Group executive officer. Col Haeuptle then attended Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training at Tyndall AFB, FL and then became an E-3B/C Air Weapons Officer, Air Surveillance Officer, and Assistant Flight Commander for the 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. After his Tinker assignment, he became an Air Liaison Officer/Fighter Duty Officer and Weapons & Tactics Flight CC & Director of Logistics for the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, NC. Following that assignment, he served as the lead Air Battle Manager and Mission Crew Commander Instructor as well as an Assistant Director of Operations in the 330th Combat Training Squadron, Robins AFB, GA. After leaving his assignment at Robins, he became the Director of Operations, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Ft Bragg, North Carolina. Finally, Col Haeuptle became the Commander of the 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, deactivated the unit, and then stood up the 818th Operations Support Squadron, the TACPs first-ever OSS.

Colonel Haeuptle is a senior Air Battle Manager with over 2075 hours, 105 Combat Sorties, and over 1200 combat hours logged in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS. As a Senior Air Battle Manger with over 5 deployments, he supported Operations NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and FREEDOM’s SENTINAL. Finally, as a Tactical Air Control Party Officer and Air Liaison Officer, he supported Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and several other operations.      


2003 Bachelor of Science, Biology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2004 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2011 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2011 Masters of Business and Administration, Touro University International University, CA.
2016 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence


1. Sep 03 – Oct 04      Air Battle Manager Awaiting Training, 728th Air Control Squadron & Operations Group Executive Officer, 33 Operations Group, Eglin AFB, FL
2. Oct 04 – Dec 05      Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training, 325th Air Control Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL
3. Dec 05 – Mar 10     Air Battle Manager Air Weapons Officer/Air Surveillance Officer, 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
4. Mar 10 – Aug 11     Air Liaison Officer/Fighter Duty Officer, Tactical Air Control Party, 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC
5. Aug 11 – May 13    Air Liaison Officer/Instructor/Evaluator Senior Air Director, Tactical Air Control Party, 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Army Air Field (AAF), Ft Bragg, NC
6. May 13 – Sep 17     Air Battle Manager Senior Director/Instructor Mission Crew Commander and Assistant Director of Operations 461 Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, GA
7. Sep 17 – June 18     Director of Operations/Air Liaison Officer, Tactical Air Control Party, 14th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope AAF, Ft Bragg, NC
8. July 18 – Sept 18    Commander, Tactical Air Control Party, 682d Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope AAF, Ft Bragg, NC
9. Sept 18 – July 20    Commander, Tactical Air Control Party, 818th Operations Support Squadron, Pope AAF/Ft Bragg, NC
10. July 20 – May 24  Deputy Director, Interoperability & Proponency Branch Chief, Pope AAF, Ft Bragg, NC
11. May 24 – Present  Deputy Commander, 43d Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope AAF, Ft Liberty NC

Rating: Senior Air Battle Manager
Flight hours: 2075.5 (1234 Combat Hours)
Aircraft Flown: E-3 AWACS, E-8 JSTARS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC)
Air Medal (4 OLC) 
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (2 OLC
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award (6 OLC)
AF Outstanding Unit Award (3OLC)
Combat Readiness Medal (1 OLC)
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 OLC)
Iraq Campaign Medal (1 OLC)
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border (3 OLC)
AF Longevity Service (2 OLC)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
AF Training Ribbon
NATO Medal


(Current as of 1 MAY 24)