Col. William H. Gutermuth assumed command of the 433rd Airlift Wing during a ceremony March 5th at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He replaced Col. Terry W. McClain, who had served as commander since March 2019. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Gutermuth was commander of the 514th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Col. Gutermuth received his commission through the Air Force Officer Training School program in 1992 and directly entered into the Air Force Reserve following undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas. Col. Gutermuth has served in various leadership roles throughout his career including as the Chief of Mobilization and Aviation Branches, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command Force Generation Center, Robins AFB, Georgia.
He has deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, Inherent Resolve, Freedom Sentinel and Arabian Gulf, accruing more than 350 combat flying hours. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 flight hours.
Col. Gutermuth has a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He earned a Master of Arts in national security studies from American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia and a Master of Science in Inter-American defense & security, Inter-American Defense College, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster.