Bunting to take command of 192nd Fighter Wing

SANDSTON, Va. — Col. Stephen H. Bunting will take command of the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192nd Fighter Wing based at Langley Air Force Base from Col. Robert J. Grey effective March 19, 2016, according to an announcement made Feb. 19, 2016, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

Col. Stephen H. Bunting

Col. Stephen H. Bunting

“We’re incredibly fortunate that Col. Steve Bunting will take command of the 192nd Fighter Wing,” Williams said. “He has my full trust and confidence to lead the multi-mission Virginia Air Guard team as it builds on its current successes while facing its own new challenges. There is no one better suited to command the 192nd as it stands ready to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and conduct its federal missions in concert with its Total Force partners the 1st Fighter Wing, 497th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 735th Supply Chain Operations Group and its Joint Base host the 633rd Air Base Wing.”

Bunting most recently served as the commander of the 192nd Maintenance Group. Grey commanded the 192nd since May 29, 2014, and he will be reassigned to the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

“Col. Bob Grey served with honor as the commander of the 192nd Fighter Wing, and the Virginia Air National Guard and Team Langley has flourished under his leadership,” Williams said.

Bunting graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994 with a a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics and a commission in the United States Air Force. Following graduation, he attended pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Upon completion of F-16C replacement and the Medium Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night course at Luke AFB, Arizona, Bunting was assigned to the 68th Fighter Squadron in Moody AFB, Georgia While in the 68th he participated in numerous deployments to include Operation Southern Watch, flying missions out of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. In 1999, he was reassigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he received his mission commander upgrade within the year and was awarded flight lead of the year honors.

Bunting left active duty in 2003 and joined the Virginia Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Squadron as a drill status guardsman. Through 2006, he continued serving as a DSG F-16C instructor and joint warfare analysis center research engineer. In late 2006, Bunting was selected to a fulltime position with the Virginia Air National Guard and for transition to the F-22 Raptor. In 2007, he began his F-22 instructor duties in the 149th Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB. As commander of the 149th Fighter Squadron, he lead through multiple training and real world deployments, as well as prompted the continued evolution of the Langley total force integration. In July 2014, Bunting was named 192d Maintenance Group commander, with notable total force unit achievements including the first F-22 combat mission and first F-22 small diameter bomb combat delivery.

Bunting has accumulated more than 2,300 hours in fighter aircraft. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.