The United States Air Force has announced that John W. Pearse has been promoted to the rank of Colonel effective Sepember 1, 2008.
Pearse is a 1984 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School and a 1988 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base, Al., where he is attending Air War College.
Pearse's previous assignments were at Misawa AB, Japan; Kunsan AB, Republic of South Korea; Luke AFB, Az.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
His last assignment was at RAF High Wycombe in the UK where he served as Chief of Planning for NATO's Combined Air Operations Center Nine. As part of this assignment, he deployed as Chief, Regional Air Operations Center East in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Colonel Pearse has more than 3,000 hours in the F-16, including more than 150 combat hours over Serbia and Iraq.
Colonel Pearse is the son of Dave and Dian Pearse of Aurelia.