[Inbound] Colonel Gregory K Cyrus

Colonel Gregory K. Cyrus is the Commander of the 621st Contingency Response Group (CRG), Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The CRG consists of three squadrons with nearly 550 personnel and provides first response airfield operations teams in support of Contingency, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Noncombatant Evacuation, and Homeland Defense operations. The CRG trains and exercises for the purpose of establishing initial airfield operations, force protection, aerial port, maintenance, and expeditionary combat support functions and is a recognized leader in agile combat employment for airbase opening and closing. As a graduate of Reserve Officer Training Corps at Texas Tech University, Colonel Cyrus commissioned into the Air Force in 1997 with a degree in Mathematics. He held numerous positions at the squadron, group, center, and branch chief levels. Colonel Cyrus previously served as the 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron Commander, as the Deputy Air Mobility Division Chief in the 603d Air Operation Center, and as the Personnel Protection Branch Chief in the J-8 Directorate of the Joint Staff.

Colonel Cyrus is a Master Navigator with more than 2,200 flight hours in the C-130E/H, EC-130H, and T-43 aircraft. He has deployed in support of contingency operations as Chief of Safety, Assistant Director of Operations, Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Commander and Director of Mobility Forces. While deployed as the Director of Mobility Forces, Colonel Cyrus was forward deployed as the Joint Air Component Coordination Element to United States Forces Afghanistan-Forward and as the Commander of Air Forces-Forward for OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE.

EDUCATION
1997 Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
1997 Asia-Pacific Rim Studies, Air Force Institute of Technology, Lubbock, TX
1999 Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola NAS, FL and Randolph AFB, TX
1999 C-130 Navigator Basic Qualification, Little Rock AFB, AR (Distinguished Graduate)
2001 C-130 Instructor Navigator Course, Little Rock AFB, AR (Distinguished Graduate)
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL (Distinguished Graduate)
2007 C-130 Navigator Mission Qualification, Little Rock AFB, AR (Distinguished Graduate)
2008 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, TX
2011 Masters of Operational Military Arts & Sciences, Air Command & Staff College, AL
2017 Joint Combined Warfighting School, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA
2019 Masters of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle, PA (Distinguished Graduate)

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Jun 97 – Jun 98 Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Lubbock, TX
  2. Jan 98 – Aug 99 Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola NAS, FL and Randolph AFB, TX
  3. Aug 99 – Apr 03 EC-130H Chief of Safety, Instructor Navigator, and Chief Compass Call
    Navigator Group Standardizations and Evaluation, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  4. Apr 03 – Aug 06 T-43 Evaluator Navigator, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations, Randolph AFB, TX
  5. Aug 06 – Jul 10 C-130H Chief Navigator, Chief Plans and Programs, Dyess AFB, TX
  6. Jul 10 – Jun 11 Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  7. Jul 11 – May 14 Personnel Protection Branch Chief, Force Protection Division, J-8, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  8. Jul 14 – Jun 15 Director of Operations, 573d Global Support Squadron, Travis AFB, CA
  9. Jun 15 – Jun 17 Commander, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron, Travis AFB, CA
  10. Aug 17 – Jun 18 Deputy Division Chief, 603 Air Operation Center, Ramstein AB, Germany
  11. Jun 18 – Jun 19 Student, Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, PA
  12. Jun 19 – Present Commander, 621st Contingency Response Group, JB MDL, NJ

    SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
    Jul 11 – May 14, Personnel Protection Branch Chief, Force Protection Division, J-8, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

    FLIGHT INFORMATION
    Rating: Master Navigator
    Flight Hours: 2,210
    Aircraft flown: C-130E/H, T-43A, EC-130H, T-1A, and T-34C

    MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal
    Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
    Air Medal
    Aerial Achievement Medal
    Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
    Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster
    Meritorious Unit Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with six Oak Leaf Clusters
    Combat Readiness Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star
    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Armed Forces Service Medal
    Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

    EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
    Second Lieutenant May 1997
    First Lieutenant May 1999
    Captain May 2001
    Major Feb 2007
    Lieutenant Colonel May 2012
    Colonel Oct 2018
    (Current as of Nov 2021)