Colonel David E. Rayman is commander of the 51st Operations Group, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He commands more than 290 personnel and directs operations for A-10, F-16 and Operations Support Squadrons. The 51st Operations Group’s mission is to provide survivable, reliable, precision airpower in both air-to-ground and air-to-air missions to support Joint and Combined Forces on the Korean peninsula.
Col. Rayman received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1997. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and served in various operational assignments as a Forward Air Controller, Combat Search and Rescue, and Close Air Support pilot. He is a command pilot with over 3,400 hours in A-10A and A-10C aircraft to include over 220 combat missions and 820 combat hours. Col. Rayman served in six combat deployments supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.
1. 1997 Bachelor of Science, Biology, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. 2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
3. 2004 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev.
4. 2009 Masters, Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
5. 2013 Air War College by correspondence
6. 2016 Masters, Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa.
1. February 1998 – February 1999, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. June 1999 – December 1999, Student, A-10A Initial Qualification Training, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. December 1999 – July 2002, Combat Search and Rescue Liaison Officer, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
4. July 2002 – July 2004, Flight Commander, 74th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.
5. July 2004 – December 2004, student, USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. December 2004 – March 2006, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
7. March 2006 – June 2008, Wing Weapons Officer, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8. June 2008 – June 2009, student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
9. June 2009 – June 2011, Executive Assistant to the Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
10. June 2011 – April 2013, Director of Operations, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
11. May 2012 – May 2015, Commander, 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
12. June 2015 – June 2016, Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
13. June 2016 – June 2018, Faculty, Department of Military Strategy and Planning, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
14. June 2018 – May 2019, Director, Force Structure Analyses, HQ Air Force A9, A9F, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. May 2019 – Present, Commander, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2009 – June 2011, Executive Assistant to the Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
2. June 2016 – June 2018, Faculty, Department of Military Strategy and Planning, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,400
Aircraft flown: A-10A, A-10C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
1. Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster
2. Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
3. Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak and one bronze oak leaf cluster
4. Air Medal with Valor, with two silver oak and one bronze oak leaf clusters
5. Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
6. Joint Service Commendation Medal
7. Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf clusters
8. Joint Service Achievement Medal
9. Combat Action Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1997
First Lieutenant May 28, 1999
Captain May 28, 2001
Major November 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2012
Colonel August 1, 2018
(Current as of June 2019)