Mr Eric W. Meiers is the Director, Air Force Nuclear College at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. As the director, he is responsible to lead a team that provides strategic and nuclear deterrence instruction to hundreds of Airmen every year.
Prior to this position, Mr. Meiers led a Nuclear Force Development team assigned to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration (AF/A10) and responsible for establishing policy and conducting resource advocacy related to the education, force management, and force development of Nuclear Mission Professionals.
Originally from Oceanside, California, Mr Meiers was commissioned in 1986 through the Officer Training School commissioning program. He held numerous operational and staff positions, completed twelve overseas temporary duty assignments, and was selected for command. While at Altus AFB, Lt Col Meiers served as an Instructor Navigator on the KC-135R Stratotanker, Wing Navigation Branch Chief, Tanker Operations Branch Chief, and Operation Southern Watch planner. He then served as senior Standardization Evaluation navigator, twice managed U.S. tanker assets for 5th Allied Tactical Air Force Headquarters, and served as Life Support Section Chief and Quality Advisor, earning several awards in the process. Upon his reassignment to MacDill AFB, he stood up the operations arm of a new Operations Support Squadron and served as Assistant Chief, Exercises and Inspections, where he prepared the wing for its first Operational Readiness Inspection, earning additional honors and recognition. Lt Col Meiers was then assigned as a Joint specialty officer to U.S. Strategic Command as Chief, Tanker Maintenance, and Deputy Chief and Chief, Tanker Plans and Policy, where he attained his culminating rank and was selected as the 314th Recruiting Squadron Commander. His follow-on assignment was to the National Guard Bureau where he served as the Director, Air National Guard Formal Flying Training, and Director, Air National Guard Operations Flying Training. Lt Col Meiers’ Active Duty career culminated as Chief, Global Mobility Collections, for the Studies and Analyses, Assessments, and Lessons Learned Directorate, and included an assignment as Director, Central Air Force’s Lessons Learned (AFCENT/A9) at Al Udeid AB. Following his retirement, Mr Meiers served as a Counterproliferation Policy Analyst and Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Exercise Training and Evaluation Subject Matter Expert in the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy and Plans Directorate. Later, he worked as an Information Systems and Infrastructure Management and Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security before rejoining the Headquarters Air Force staff as a Management and Program Analyst in AF/A10.
Lt Col Meiers is a Command Navigator with more than 3,100 flying hours, primarily in the KC-135. He flew 29 combat missions during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Calm, and Northern Watch.