Colonel John D. Beatty is the commander of the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. As the group commander, he leads and directs the training, organization and resourcing of the group's subordinate units for their combat and peacetime personnel recovery missions. These units include: a flying squadron of six HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters; two Guardian Angel Pararescue squadrons; a maintenance squadron; an aerospace medicine squadron; a mission support flight; and an operations support flight.
Prior to his assignment as 943rd RQG commander, Colonel Beatty was the 305th Rescue Squadron commander, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. As the Squadron Commander, he led and directed the flying and training operations for a combat-ready, worldwide-deployable search and rescue squadron. Additionally, he was responsible for training and professionally developing assigned HH-60G helicopter pilots, special mission aviators and support personnel. Previous assignments include Deputy Commander, 943rd Rescue Group; an Individual Mobilization Augmentee tour as Search and Rescue Controller, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Tyndall AFB, Fla; and Flight Commander/HH-60G pilot, 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Prior to his duty with the Air Force Reserve, Colonel-Select Beatty served as an active-duty Army Aviation commissioned officer in a variety of leadership and flying positions, culminating as Commander, Charlie Company, 12th Aviation Battalion, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.
He has deployed numerous times in support of overseas contingency operations including Uphold Democracy, Northern Watch, Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. Most recently, he served as deployed director of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Personnel Recovery Coordination Cell and Commander, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. In his civilian career, Colonel Beatty is a rotary-wing standardization flight evaluator with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tucson Aviation Branch.
1987 Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement, Jacksonville State University, Fla.
1987 U.S. Army Aviation Officer Basic Course
1992 U.S. Army Military Intelligence Advanced Course
1996 U.S. Army Combined Arms Services and Staff School
2006 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2012 Air War College, by correspondence
1) October 1987–January 1989, Student, U.S. Army Aviation Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary-Wing Qualification Courses, Fort Rucker, Ala.
2) January 1989–January 1992, Aeroscout Platoon Leader, 1-4 Attack Helicopter Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.
3) January 1992–August 1992, Student, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
4) August 1992–August 1993, Student, U.S. Army Fixed-Wing Qualification Course and OV-1 Mohawk Aircraft Qualification Course, Fort Rucker, Ala.
5) September 1993–September 1994, Platoon Leader, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea
6) September 1994–October 1995, Executive Officer, A-Company, 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Ga.
7) October 1995–October 1996, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, 224th Military Intelligence Battalion, Hunter AAF, Savannah, Ga.
8) October 1996–April 1997, Battalion Logistics Officer, 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va.
9) April 1997–April 1998, Commander, C-Company, 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va.
10) Jan 2000–Oct 2007, Flight Commander, 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
11) October 2007–October 2010; Search and Rescue Coordinator, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
12) October 2010–June 2014, Deputy Commander, 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
13) June 2014–Febrary 2016, Commander, 305th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
14) February 2016–present, Commander, 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,000
Aircraft flown: TH-55, OH-58, UH-1, OV-1D, RV-1D, UH-60, HH-60, AS-350, MD500, C550
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
(Current as of November 2016)