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Deputy Commandant

Lt. Col. Kim Bender

Lieutenant Colonel Kim Bender​ is the Deputy Commandant of the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md. She leads a team of more than 300 military, civilian and contractor professionals responsible for the world-class training of approximately 2,600 public affairs, visual information, broadcasting and broadcast maintenance professionals a year. ​

She earned her commission commissioned into the Air Force in 2006 from Texas State University. She is a career Public Affairs officer who has served in leadership positions at Joint, Major Commands, Number Air Forces and installation levels as well as preformed information operations on the Joint Staff. Prior to her current position, Lt. Col. Bender was Director of Public Affairs​ at ​Air University, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama​. 
Lieutenant Colonel Bender has deployed three times with her most recent one supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. 

EDUCATION 
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas   
2011 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama  
2014 Master of Science, Environmental Sciences, American Military University, Bachelor of Science, Charles Town, West Virginia 
2017 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence) 

CAREER CHRONOLOGY 
October 2006 – October 2007, Chief of Media Relations, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Korea  
October 2007 – July 2010, Chief of Public Affairs, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy 
July 2010 – June 2013, Chief of PA Operations and Plans Division, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii  
June 2013 – June 2015, Chief of PA Plans and Policy Division, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, Korea  
June 2015 – June 2018, Joint Information Operations Officers and Executive Officer, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, JB San Antonio – Lackland, Texas  
June 2018 – July 2019, PA Deputy Director, Air Education and Training Command, JB San Antonio – Randolph, Texas 
July 2019 – July 2021, Director of PA, 502nd Air Base Wing, JB San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas 
July 2021-June 2024, Director of PA, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
June 2024 – Present, Deputy Commandant, Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md.      
 
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS 
June 2013 – June 2015, Chief of PA Plans and Policy Division, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, Korea as a captain   
June 2015 – June 2018, Joint Information Operations Officers and Executive Officer, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, JB San Antonio – Lackland, Texas as a major 
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf clusters 
Meritorious Service Medal  
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat device 
Joint Service Achievement Medal  
 
(Current as of June 2024)