Colonel Larry Broadwell is the Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. He is responsible for approximately 7,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel. Colonel Broadwell is also responsible for the Air Force’s entire high-altitude reconnaissance fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk, and U-2 Dragonlady aircraft. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is comprised of five groups and five overseas operating locations, which execute worldwide missions in support of all six geographic combatant commanders with an annual flying allocation of more than 22,000 hours.

Colonel Broadwell received his commission in March 1996 from Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  He is a graduate of both Undergraduate Navigator Training, and Undergraduate Pilot Training serving as a rated officer in the C-130E, F-15C, and F-22.  Colonel Broadwell is a veteran of Operations JOINT GUARD, JOINT FORGE, DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, and IRAQI FREEDOM. 


1994 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Jacksonville St. University, Jacksonville, Ala.

2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2004 Masters of Aerospace Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.

2008 Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.

2009 Masters of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.   



1.  March 1996 – July 1997, Student Navigator, VT-4, Pensacola NAS, Fla. and 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, Tex.

2.  July1997 – February 1999, C-130E Navigator, 41 AS, Pope AFB, N.C.

3.  February 1999 – April 2000, Student Pilot, 37 FTS and 50 FTS, Columbus AFB, Miss.

4.  April 2000 – May 2001, F-15C Student Pilot, 2 FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

5.  May 2001 – February 2004, Flight Commander, F-15C Mission Commander, 94 FS, Langley AFB, Va.

6.  February 2004 – June 2007, Assistant Director of Operations, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 1 FS and 325 OSS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

7.  June 2007 – June 2008, Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.

8.  June 2008 – July 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

9.  July 2009 – July 2010, Deputy Division Chief, United States Forces – Iraq / J-5 Strategy, Baghdad, Iraq

10.  July 2010 – November 2010, F-22 Student Pilot, 43 FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

11.  November 2010 – February 2011, Assistant Director of Operations, 49 OSS, Holloman AFB, N.M.

12.  February 2011 – October 2011, Director of Operations, 7 FS, Holloman AFB, N.M.

13.  October 2011 – April 2013, Commander, 7 FS, Holloman AFB, N.M.

14.  April 2013 – June 2013, Student, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk NAS, Va.

15.  June 2013 – July 2014, Executive Officer to COMACC, JBLE, Va.

16.  July 2014 – June 2016, Commander, 1st Operations Group, JBLE, Va.

17.  July 2016 – Present, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Calif.



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: 2,200

Aircraft flown: C-130E, T-38A, F-15C, F-22, RQ-4



Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Second Lieutenant March 15, 1996
First Lieutenant March 15, 1998
Captain March 15, 2000
Major March 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2010

Colonel October 1, 2014

(Current as of July 2016)