Col. Marc A. Luiken is commander, 325th Mission Support Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The group provides support to the 325th Fighter Wing, Headquarters 1st Air Force and 30 associate units in more than 1,700 facilities on 29,000 acres. The group is responsible for security, communications, civil engineering, personnel, transportation, supply, contracting and services support for more than 27,000 active-duty, civilian and retired personnel. The group also manages more than 1,750 military and civilian personnel.

The colonel is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he received his commission.

Prior to assuming command of the mission support group, Colonel Luiken served as the 374th Mission Support Group deputy commander, Yokota AB, Japan. He has commanded at the squadron and group levels, and is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours.

1981 Bachelor of Science degree in human factors engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (distinguished graduate)
1996 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1996 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1996 Master's degree in management science, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
2000 Air War College, by correspondence
2004 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1. August 1981- July 1982, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. February 1983 - March 1984, T-37 instructor pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. March 1984 - December 1985, T-37 class commander, 82nd Student Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
4. August 1986 - November 1987, A-10 pilot, assistant flight commander, squadron programmer, 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Woodbridge, United Kingdom
5. November 1987- June 1989, A-10 functional check pilot, wing quality assurance officer, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom
6. July 1989 - July 1991, acting operations officer, 8th Air Support Operations Center Squadron, Kelly Barracks, Germany
7. December 1991- December 1994, assistant operations officer, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
8. January 1995 - October 1998, chief, Combined Air Operations Plans, interim Combined Air Operations Center 4, Messtetten, Germany
9. January 1998 - March 2001, commander, 48th Operations Support Squadron, director of operations, 48th Operations Support Squadron, deputy director, 48th Fighter Wing Plans, deputy commander, 48th Operations Group, assistant operations officer, 48th Operations Support Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom
10. July 2001 - July 2003, deputy commander, 47th Operations Group, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
11. July 2003 - June 2004, student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2004 - July 2005, deputy commander, 374th Mission Support Group, Yokota AB, Japan
13. July 2005 - present, commander, 325th Mission Support Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,800
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, T-6, A-10, F-16, F-15C, F-15E

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant May 27, 1983
Captain May 27, 1985
Major Oct. 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1998
Colonel Dec. 1, 2003

(Current as of July 2005)