Event Speaker: Lt Col Jeremy B. Folks
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy B. Folks is the Commander, 49th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The squadron provides the Air Force with the only strategic reserve airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance collection and analysis capability for the RC-135 fleet worldwide. As part of the Air Force Reserve’s 655th ISR Wing, the 49th Intelligence Squadron operationally supports the 55th Wing by providing mission essential airborne intelligence collectors and advanced signal analysts, ensuring information dominance across the full spectrum of conflict.
Lieutenant Colonel Folks was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 2005 as a graduate of Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL. Prior to his current assignment, he served on the Air Staff as a Congressional Liaison for the Chief of Air Force Reserve, as well as in the House of Representatives as a Legislative Liaison for the Secretary of the Air Force. Lt Col Folks is a former Operations Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he has served in various leadership roles at the squadron level as a combat aircrew member. As a reservist he was selected to command an active-duty Intelligence Flight with the 432nd Operations Group at Creech AFB, NV. In this role, he led a Flight of 23 intelligence operators conducting Special Reconnaissance and Kinetic Targeting Operations as Remotely Piloted Aircraft crew members in multiple combat theaters. As an activated reservist, he flew 43 combat missions between two deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, and amassed over 1000 additional combat hours supporting Joint Task Force personnel as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft crew member and targeting officer.
1. Apr 2005 – Jan 2006, Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Student, Tyndall AFB, FL
2. Feb 2006 – Sep 2006, Intelligence Officer Student, Goodfellow AFB, TX
3. Sep 2006 – Jun 2007, Chief, Regional Operations Section, and RC-135 Information Integration Officer, 97th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
4. Jun 2007- Feb 2010, Training Flight Commander, 97th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
5. Feb 2010 – Jul 2010, Assistant Director of Operations, 97th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
6. Jul 2010 – Sep 2012, Flight Commander, Chief of Intelligence, and Instructor MQ-1/MQ-9 Intelligence Crew Member, 432nd Operations Group, Det 1, Creech AFB, NV
7. Sep 2012 – Jul 2013, Executive Officer, 78th Attack Squadron, Creech AFB, NV
8. Jul 2013 – Jun 2016, Operations Officer, Joint Reserve Intelligence Program, Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA
9. Jun 2016 – Dec 2017, Legislative Fellow, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC
10. Dec 2017-Jul 2020, Chief, Congressional Engagement, Directorate of Policy Integration,
Headquarters Air Force Reserve, Washington, DC
11. Jul 2020-Jun 2021, Student, The Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C
12. Jul 2021-Present, Commander, 49th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
Airborne Information Integration Officer (Non-Rated Aircrew)
Flight Hours: 683
Aircraft Flown: RC-135W & RC-135V
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air & Space Campaign Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 ‘M’ Device
National Anthem Performed by: SrA Mario Foreman-Powell
Senior Airman Mario Foreman Powell performs as a vocalist in the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he serves as Social Media Manager, works in Supply and Publicity and currently is a Co-producer for the 2021 Holiday Show for the Heartland of America Band.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Airman Foreman Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis of music composition and performance from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. During his tenure at Hastings College, was involved with the Hastings College Choir, earned awards including being named “Mr. Bronco”, inclusion in Who’s Who, and the Duane E. Johnson Outstanding Contributor Award.
Prior to joining the Air Force, Airmen Foreman-Powell served as a director of music at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, where he oversaw seven ensembles, two of which were recording ensembles. He was also the winner of several competitions such as the Colorado Springs Omega Showboat (the first contestant with a perfect score in the 20 years they have been hosting), Colorado Springs National Anthem contest winner and the winner of Sky Sox Idol where he held a live recording concert with Dream Records.
Mario is also an artist himself with music on streaming platforms and also a winner of the 2019 Omaha Performing Arts Singer Song Writer Competition. He enjoys writing and arranging music in addition to performing and entertaining also has a strong heart in organization and hospitality.