Colonel Christopher J. Germann is the Deputy Commander of the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard. The primary mission of the 187th Fighter Wing is to provide the State governor, National Command Authority, and Combatant Commanders with a superbly organized, trained, and equipped F-35A Aviation Package and support functions for world-wide combat and peacetime/ humanitarian tasking in support of community, state, and national interests.

Col. Germann earned his commission in 1996 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Auburn University and completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-16CJ, F-16A/B/C/D, and QF-16A/C. The colonel’s notable past assignments include tours as the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron Air Liaison Officer, 187 FW, Chief of Stan Eval, 187 FW Chief of Wing Safety, 187 FW Operations Support Squadron Director of Operations, and 187 FW F-35A Lightning II Unit Conversion Officer. He has also flown more than 430 combat hours in support of operations Southern Watch, Desert Spring, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Germann served as the 187th Maintenance Squadron Commander.


1996 bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

2003 master’s in business administration, Touro University, Los Alamitos, CA

2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2008 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2014 Air War College, by correspondence



1. August 1996-July 1998; Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.

2. July 1998-May 1999; F-16 Aircraft Commander, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.

3. May 1999-February 2002; Chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics, 22d Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

4. February 2002-February 2004; Air Liaison Officer, 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Benning, Ga.

5. February 2004-September 2006; Assistant Director of Operations, 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.

6. September 2006-June 2007, Chief of Scheduling, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

7. June 2007-January 2009, Chief of Training, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

8. January 2009-January 2011; Chief of Wing Plans and Inspections, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

9. January 2011-January 2013; Chief of Wing Safety, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

10. January 2013-December 2015; Chief of Stan Eval, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

11. December 2015-May 2018; Director of Operations, 187th Operation Support Squadron, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

12. May 2018-June 2019; Commander, Maintenance Squadron, 187thFighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.

13. June 2019-Present; Commander, Maintenance Group, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.



Rating: Command pilot

Flight hours: More than 3,000, including more than 430 combat hours.

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-16CJ, F-16A/B/C/D, and QF-16A/C


Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal



Second Lieutenant Aug 30, 1996

First Lieutenant Aug 30, 1998

Captain Aug 30, 2000

Major Aug 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel May 11, 2011

Colonel June 1, 2019


(Current as of February 2024)