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LTC Eric K. Shafa

LTC Eric K. Shafa is Commander, 47th Mission Support Group, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX. He is responsible for the quality of life and mission support to 7,800 people and 28 units, providing personnel, engineering, logistics, communications, security forces, services and contracting support, with an annual budget of more than $44 million. He is also responsible for keeping forces ready to deploy in support of contingency operations worldwide. Lieutenant Colonel Shafa received his commission in 1993 through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. He was selected to participate in the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers military pentathlon tryouts for the United States. Lieutenant Colonel Shafa entered active duty in May 1994. He has a served in a variety of operational and international affairs positions including flight commander, squadron director of operations, Afghanistan/Pakistan (AFPAK) Hand, and commanded a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan. He has also served in staff positions at Air Force Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Lieutenant Colonel Shafa is a designated Air Force International Affairs Specialist, and has a working knowledge of Afghan Dari and Persian Farsi languages. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as a student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Lieutenant Colonel Shafa holds a BS in aviation from San Jose State University, CA; master’s degree in military operational arts and sciences, Maxwell AFB, AL; graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA; and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

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