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Lt. Col. Chuck Tomko, Commander of the Air Force Coordination Center
 
Chuck Tomko Image courtesy Lt. Col. Charles A. Tomko. Lt. Col. Charles A. Tomko is the Commander of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, FL. As the Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Coordinator for the aeronautical SAR region of the 48 contiguous United States, he is responsible to the 1 AF/CC for executing civil SAR missions in accordance with the National SAR Plan and operating the USAF National SAR School.

Lieutenant Colonel Tomko graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1991 and was awarded his pilot wings in 1992. Following pilot training, he was assigned to the “Banked Pilot” program as an Air Force Security Forces Officer. Following his Security Police tour, he returned to flying. Flying assignments have included the HC-130P Combat King rescue aircraft and MC-130E Combat Talon I special operations aircraft. At the Pentagon he served as the Personnel Recovery Branch Chief for Headquarters Air Force, then as an operations officer in the Readiness Division on the Joint Staff. His last assignment was Director of Operations for the 347th Operations Support Squadron at Moody AFB, GA. He is a senior pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours, including over 400 combat hours in Afghanistan and Iraq.