JEFFERSON CITY — A new commander for the Missouri National Guard’s only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber wing has been announced by Missouri’s Adjutant General.
Brig. Gen. Levon Cumpton announced Col. Matthew D. Calhoun will lead the 131st Bomb Wing.
“Col. Calhoun is an outstanding leader with a track record of excellence,” Cumpton said in the news release. “His unique perspective will strengthen our partnership and enhance the B-2 mission.”
In this position, Calhoun will command a wing of more than 1,200 citizen-airmen based at Whiteman Air Force Base and Jefferson Barracks. The 131st Bomb Wing traces its lineage back to the earliest days of military aviation.
“I am honored to lead this Wing and these outstanding Citizen-Airmen,” Calhoun said, according to the press release. “The 131st has a legacy dating back to the era when the unit’s own, Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s Airmen exemplify that same fearlessness, innovation, and commitment to selfless service. No matter the challenge, I know we will rise to meet it.”
Before joining the B-2 mission, Calhoun flew more than 250 hours as a B-52H Stratofortress bomber pilot, including combat sorties over Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq in 2003.
Calhoun was selected to train as a B-2 pilot in 2004. At Whiteman, his assignments included serving as a pilot, mission commander, instructor evaluator pilot and holding the position of director of operations for the 13th Bomb Squadron.
In 2008, Calhoun was assigned at George Mason University as an Air Force Fellow. The next year he was assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana where he served on a select team that established the initial requirements for the future Long Range Strike Bomber.
Calhoun returned to Whiteman in 2011 as the 393rd Bomb Squadron director of operations. He later transitioned to the Missouri National Guard in 2014 to be the 131st Bomb Wing chief of safety. His most recent assignment with the 131st was as a vice commander.