Col. Matthew E. Dillow is the Vice Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. Twentieth Air Force is responsible for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile force, organized into three operational missile wings, and the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, which provides critical support to the nuclear operation and mission partners. As vice commander, he serves as the designated successor and principal advisor to the commander, Twentieth Air Force.
Colonel Dillow earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has served in a variety of assignments in the nuclear enterprise, including ICBM launch officer, operations officer, missile squadron commander, nuclear inspector, and operations and staff duty at two Major Commands and the Air Staff.
Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Dillow served as the Vice Commander, 90th Missile Wing, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. He is a combat mission ready master missile operator with over 240 ICBM alerts and 6,000 hours operating three variants of the Minuteman III weapon system.
1994 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
1999 Master of Science in International Relations, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2007 National Laboratory Technical Fellowship Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.
2014 Air War College (correspondence)
2015 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (with academic distinction)
2015 Master of Science, Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. October 1994-February 1995, student, Undergraduate Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. March 1995-January 1997, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor Deputy Combat Crew Commander, Missile Combat Crew Commander, 564th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB,
3. January 1997-October 1998, Evaluator Combat Crew Commander, Senior Instructor Crew Commander and Senior Evaluator Crew Commander, 341st Operations Group, Malmstrom AFB,
4. October 1998-May 2000, Emergency War Order Instructor and Wing Emergency War Order Planner, 341st Operations Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
5. May 2000-June 2003, Chief, ICBM Tactics and Operations and Chief, ICBM Plans and Targeting, Headquarters Twentieth Air Force, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. June 2003-July 2006, Chief, Nuclear Plans and Policy and Chief, Force Applications Sustainment Programs, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
7. July 2006-June 2007, Air Force Fellow, National Laboratory Technical Fellowship Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif.
8. June 2007-July 2008, Chief, Air Launched Cruise Missile and Advanced Cruise Missile Program Element, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
9. July 2008-July 2009, Executive Officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington DC.
10. July 2009-May 2010, Operations Officer, 321st Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo
11. May 2010-June 2011, Operations Officer, 90th Operations Support Squadron, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo
12. June 2011-June 2013, Commander, 321st Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo
13. June 2013-June 2014, Chief, Senior Leader Management, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
14. June 2014-June 2015, Student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 2015-April 2016, Director, Nuclear Inspections, Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
16. April 2016-July 2018, Vice Commander, 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
17. July 2018-present, Vice Commander, 20th Air Force, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
Minuteman III Weapon System Variants (240+ alerts, 6,000+ hours)
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” device and one oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 8, 1994
First Lieutenant July 26, 1996
Captain July 26, 1998
Major February 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2009
Colonel February 1, 2016
(Current as of July 2018)