Colonel Quaid H. Quadri Jr. is commander of the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina. He is in charge of organizing, training and equipping the largest operational F-16 wing in the Air National Guard while maintaining a 2,400 acre federal military installation. He is responsible for the care, morale, and welfare of 1,500 Airmen and civilian personnel, including almost 100 active-duty Airmen assigned in an “Active Association” construct.
McEntire JNGB is the host to five South Carolina Army National Guard tenant units and more than 2,500 Soldiers, including South Carolina’s largest Army National Guard flying operation.
Prior to his current duties, Colonel Quadri served as the Chief, Strategic Assessment, Futures and Initiatives Division, National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Virginia. He was the principal strategist for the Chief, National Guard Bureau, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colonel Quadri was responsible for operational and strategic integration across the joint and service staffs in order to prosecute the priorities of CNGB. In addition, Colonel Quadri was the focal point for development of CNGB’s “Best Military Advice” to the Secretary of
Defense in his role as a member of the JCS. Colonel Quadri had the lead role to prepare CNGB for all Joint Chiefs of Staff engagements in operational, planning, programming and policy domains. Additionally, Colonel Quadri was charged with development, assessment and initial implementation of National Guard strategic initiatives across staff directorates and service components.
Colonel Quadri has a variety of experience across tactical and operational planning and execution to include requirements development and prosecution for the F-16 as well as managing all Air National Guard mobilization and deployment planning and execution. He is a graduated squadron commander, has served as the Crisis Action Team Director during multiple domestic emergency response operations, including major hurricane response. In 2017, he deployed as the Senior Military Authority to Roosevelt Rhodes, Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria recovery operations.
Colonel Quadri received his commission at the United States Air Force Academy in 1999. He is a command pilot and highly experienced F-16 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot with over 2,500 flying hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He has flown more than 500 combat hours and flown combat missions in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE.
1999 Bachelor of Science, Business Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 NATO Tactical Leadership Program, Florennes AB, Belgium
2014 Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, Ala., by correspondence
2019 Eisenhower School for National Resource Strategy (Distinguished Graduate), Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
June 1999 – April 2000, Student/Current Operations Officer, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
April 2000 – September 2001, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
September 2001 – August 2002, Student, F-16 Basic Operational Planning Course, Luke AFB, Ariz.
August 2002 – May 2004, F-16 Mission Pilot and Flight Lead, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan
May 2004 – May 2005, Air Liaison Officer, 604th Air Support Operations Squadron, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea
August 2005 – August 2008, F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 23rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
August 2008 – September 2012, F-16 Instructor Pilot and Wing Weapons Officer, 169th Operations Group, McEntire JNGB, S.C.
September 2012 – September 2015, F-16 Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 169th Operations Group, McEntire JNGB, S.C.
September 2015 – October 2016, Chief, Deployments and Mobilization Branch, NGB/A2/3/6, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
October 2016 – May 2018, Chief, Concepts and Applications Branch, NGB/A5/8, Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
May 2017 – August 2018, Commander, 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron, McEntire JNGB, S.C.
August 2018 – June 2019, Student, Eisenhower School for National Resource Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
July 2019 – September 2021, Chief Strategic Assessments, Futures and Initiatives Division, NGB/J59, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
September 2021 – Present, Commander, 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire JNGB, S.C.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,500 (including more than 500 combat hours)
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, and F-16 C/D
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1999
First Lieutenant June 2, 2001
Captain June 2, 2003
Major Jan. 19, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel March 12, 2014
Colonel Sept. 6, 2019
(CURRENT AS OF APRIL 2022)