Col. Susan Melton



Colonel Susan L. Melton is Commander of the 151st Maintenance Group, Utah Air National Guard, assuming this position in January 2014. Colonel Melton graduated from Rock Falls High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure/Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Utah, SLC, Utah in 1993. Colonel Melton went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in 2009. She has completed many career-related schools during her military career, including Aircraft Maintenance Officer School, Logistics Readiness Officer School and Air War College.


Colonel Melton joined active duty in 1985 and served as an Automatic Flight Control Systems Specialist at Travis AFB, CA. In 1989, upon completion of her tour, she moved to Utah to complete her degree and joined the Utah Air National Guard where she served in the same capacity as a traditional guardsman. Colonel Melton served one year in the Intel shop prior to being selected for an Officer position in the Logistics Group attending the Academy of Military Science in 1995. Colonel Melton was selected for a full time position as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in March 2001.


Prior to her current command, Colonel Melton served in a variety of command positions to include the

151st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, the 151st Maintenance Squadron Commander and the 151st Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander. She has participated in several deployments over the

years   to  include Kuwait, Iraq,  Spain,  Turkey,  France,  Greece,  and  Guam supporting  Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as well as the Global War on Terrorism.



1993 Bachelor of Art, Recreation and Leisure (Therapeutic Recreation), University of Utah 1996 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Shepherd AFB, TX

2001 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2009 Master of Art, Human Resource Management/Organizational Development, Webster University 2009 Air War College, by correspondence

2009 Logistics Readiness Officer Course, Lackland AFB, TX



  1. September 1995 October 2000, Maintenance Officer, 151st Aircraft Generation Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  2. October 2000 January 2002, Assistant Commander, 151st Aircraft Generation Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  3. January 2002 January 2004, Commander, 151st Aircraft Generation Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  4. January 2004 January 2005, Maintenance Officer, 151st Maintenance Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  5. January 2005 July 2008, Commander, 151st Maintenance Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  6. July 2008 December 2013, Commander, 151st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Salt Lake City, Utah

  7. December 2013 Present, Commander, 151st Maintenance Group, Salt Lake City, Utah


Meritorious Service Medal w/ oak leaf cluster Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal w/ two oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal w/ one oak leaf cluster National Defense Service Medal with bronze star Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border



Second Lieutenant: 14 Sep 1995

First Lieutenant: 14 Sep 1997

Captain: 14 Sep 1999        

Major: 15 Sep 2003

Lieutenant Colonel: 3 Nov 2007

Colonel: 13 Jan 2014

(Current as of October 2016)