United States Air Forces Central is the air component of United States Central Command, a regional unified command. USAFCENT is responsible for air operations (either unilaterally or in concert with coalition partners) and developing contingency plans in support of national objectives for USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility in Southwest Asia. Additionally, USAFCENT manages an extensive supply and equipment-prepositioning program at several AOR sites.



Colonel Christopher M. Auger is the Vice Commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia. The wing includes a wide array of combat Air Force capabilities including precision strike, aerial refueling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space, and combat search and rescue in direct support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The wing is comprised of five groups with more than 2,300 total force Airmen who operate across three different countries. Prior to his assignment as Vice Commander of the 332nd, Col Auger served in the F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters United States Air Forces, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

Col. Auger earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Norwich University in 1999, with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He has held a variety of flying assignments at the squadron and wing level, and deployed in support of Operations Iraqi & Enduring Freedom.  He served as the weapons officer for the 494th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and as F-15E Division Commander for the 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV.  Col. Auger was the director of operations for the 4th Operations Support Squadron and commander of the 333 Fighter Squadron, both at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.  His staff assignments include division chief and senior program manager in the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities Directorate at Shriever AFB, CO. 



1999 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Norwich University, VT.

2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

2007 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV.

2009 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)

2011 Master of Science, Aerospace and Aviation Science Technology, Embry Riddle University, FL.

2012 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, OH.  

2020 National Defense Fellowship, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.



1. Jun 1999 – Mar 2001, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola NAS, FL.

2. Mar 2001 – Mar 2002, F-15E Basic Qualification Course, 333th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

3. Mar 2002 – Jan 2005, Scheduling Officer then Special Weapons Officer, 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK.

4. Jan 2005 – Aug 2007, Chief of Strike then Flight Commander, 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

5. Aug 2007 – Oct 2008, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 494th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK.

6. Oct 2008 – Aug 2009, Wing Weapons Officer, 48th Operations Support Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK.

7. Aug 2009 – May 2012, F-15E Division Commander, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV.

8. May 2012 – Jun 2013, Student, Intermediate Developmental Education, Air Force Institute of Technology, OH.

9. Jun 2013 – Jul 2015, Program Manager, Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities, Schriever AFB, CO.

10. Jul 2015 – Oct 2015, F-15E Transition Course, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

11. Oct 2015 – Mar 2016, Assistant Director of Operations, 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

12. Mar 2016 – May 2017, Director of Operations, 4th Operations Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

13. May 2017 – May 2019, Commander, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

14. May 2019 – May 2020, National Defense Fellow, Senior Developmental Education, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

15. May 2020 – May 2021, Chief, Operations Division, F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

16. May 2021 – Present, Vice Commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia



Rating:  Master Navigator

Flight hours:  2,800

Aircraft flown: T-34C, T-39, AT-38B, F-15E



Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

AF Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

AF Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal



Second Lieutenant May 8, 1999

First Lieutenant June 2, 2001

Captain June 2, 2003

Major March 1, 2009

Lieutenant Colonel August 1, 2014

Colonel August 1, 2020


(Current as of June 2021)