Colonel Jeffrey H. Waldman is the commander of the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif. As the wing commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining combat-ready personnel recovery forces. The 129th Rescue Wing executes worldwide missions and operations in support of U.S. national defense strategy and global military objectives. In addition, the Wing conducts statewide missions and operations on behalf of the Governor of California in order to save lives and protect property of the citizens of California. The 129th Rescue Wing is manned by approximately 1,000 military and civilian personnel organized in 18 subordinate groups, squadrons and flights. From Moffett, the Wing operates HC-130J Combat King II aircraft, HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, and the Guardian Angel pararescue weapon system.
Colonel Waldman earned his commission in 1987 through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and entered the active duty Air Force. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1989 and then served as a first-assignment instructor pilot flying the T-37 aircraft. In 1992 he separated from active duty but remained in the Inactive Ready Reserve for the next five years. During that time, he earned an MBA from Stanford University and worked as a management consultant based in San Francisco. In 1997, Col. Waldman entered the California Air National Guard initially flying with the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands ANGB, and then transferring to the 129th Rescue Wing in 2000. Before 9/11, Colonel Waldman served as a Drill-Status Guardsman splitting his time between military commitments and his work as an airline pilot. Since 9/11, however, Col Waldman has served in military uniform on a full-time basis.
Colonel Waldman is a command pilot with more than 5,000 military flying hours in trainer, transport, and rescue aircraft. Prior to assuming command of the 129th Rescue Wing, he served as the Wing’s Vice Commander, Chief of Safety, and as commander of the 130th Rescue Squadron.
1987 Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
1994 Master of Business Administration, Stanford University, Calif.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2019 Master of Arts, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
ASSIGNMENTS / PROFESSIONAL CHRONOLOGY
- April 1988 - April 1989, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
- May 1989 - September 1989, Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Tex.
- October 1989 - July 1992, T-37 Instructor Pilot, 98th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
- July 1992 - July 1997, Air Force Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR)
- July 1997 - January 2000, C-130E Pilot, 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands ANGB, Calif.
- January 2000 - September 2001, HC/MC-130P Pilot, 129th Rescue Squadron, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- September 2001 - July 2003, Operations NOBEL EAGLE, NORTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett FAF, Calif., Incirlik AB, Turkey, and Constanta, Romania
- July 2003 - May 2004, Training Officer, 130th Rescue Squadron, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- May 2004 - July 2005, Director of Current Operations, 129th Operations Support Flight, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- July 2005 - July 2009, Flight Safety Officer, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- July 2009 - March 2012, Standardization Evaluation Pilot, 129th Operations Group, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- April 2012 - April 2014, Commander, 130th Rescue Squadron, Moffett FAF, Calif.
- May 2014 - Dec 2018, Chief of Safety, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett ANGB, Calif.
- January 2019 – June 2020, Vice Commander, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett ANGB, Calif.
- June 2020 - Present, Commander, 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett ANGB, Calif.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,000 military
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-130E, HC-130P, MC-130P, MC-130J, HC-130J, and HH-60G
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with one silver and oak leaf clusters
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
California Commendation Medal
California Counter Drug ribbon with three star devices
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, November 9, 1987
First Lieutenant, November 9, 1989
Captain, November 9, 1991
Major, October 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, January 25, 2007
Colonel, January 24, 2019
(Current as of Feb 2021)