Colonel Keith A. Chikasawa is the 146th Operations Group Commander, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California. He leads a team of Airmen, providing tactical airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and operational support capability. The 146th Airlift Wing maintains a combat-ready organization available for mobilization during conflict and to provide assistance during state and national emergencies.

Colonel Chikasawa is a 1991 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University-San Diego where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 1996, he joined the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard to fly C-130 tactical airlift aircraft. Since 2003, he has deployed five times with the 146th Airlift Wing in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NOBLE EAGLE. Colonel Chikasawa is a graduate of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training School and is a two time Distinguished Graduate from C-130 formal courses at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Colonel Chikasawa is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours including 295 combat hours. He has served in various capacities at the squadron and operational level, including a joint assignment as Director of Operations for Joint Counterdrug Reconnaissance Operations. Prior to his current position, Colonel Chikasawa was the first 146th Operations Support Squadron Commander, 146th Operations Group, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California. He is also an American Airlines pilot currently on military leave. Colonel Chikasawa is married to the former Jennifer Martorano and has two children.

1991 Point Loma Nazarene University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, San Diego, California
1993 Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tennessee
1999 Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center course, St Joseph’s ANG Base, Missouri
2003 AATTC Night Vision Device, Armstrong Lab Instructor Course, St Joseph’s ANG, Base Missouri
2005 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
2011 Air Command and Staff College (IDE),Maxwell AFB Ala., by correspondence
2012 Safety and Accident Board President Course, Peterson AFB, Colorado
2016 Air War College (SDE), Maxwell AFB Ala., by correspondence

1. January 1993 - February 1993, Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Knoxville, Tennessee
2. February 1993 - March 1994, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma
3. March 1994 - September 1996, Co-Pilot, Scheduler, 161st Air Refueling Wing, Phoenix, Arizona
4. September 1996 - September 1999, Co-Pilot, Scheduler, 115th Airlift Squadron, CIANGS, California
5. September 1999 - December 2002, Operations Officer, Joint Counterdrug, CIANGS, California
6. December 2002 - June 2003, Chief of Training, 115th Airlift Squadron, CIANGS, California
7. June 2003 - December 2006, Chief of Current Operations, 115th Airlift Squadron, CIANGS, California
8. December 2006 - February 2012, Chief of Safety, 146th Airlift Wing, CIANGS, California
9. March 2012 - February 2013, Standards and Evaluations, 146th Operations Group, CIANGS, California
10. February 2013 - October 2013, Director of Operations, 115th Airlift Squadron, CIANGS, California
11. July 2013 - September 2018, Air Operations Officer, 146th Operations Group, CIANGS, California
12. October 2013 - September 2018, Commander, 146th Operations Support Squadron, CIANGS, California
13. November 2013 - October 2014, Commander (interim), 146th Operations Group, CIANGS, California
14. March 2014 - May 2014, Commander, 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait
15. August 2018 - Present, Commander, 146th Operations Group, CIANGS, California

Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,000
Aircraft flown: C-130J, C-130E, KC-135D/E/R, T-41, T-37 and T-38

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device

“Top Performer” ASEV February 2013
“Top Performer” ESOHCAMP June 2010
“Top Performer” AMC IG Inspector May 2010
Distinguished Graduate C-130J Pilot Transition Course September 2006
Distinguished Graduate C-130E Aircraft Commander Course November 1999

Second Lieutenant Feb. 11, 1993
First Lieutenant March 04, 1995
Captain March 04, 1997
Major March 04, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 24, 2011
Colonel Sept. 20, 2018

(Current as of January 2019)