Colonel Joseph R. Orcutt is the Commander of the 940th Maintenance Group, Beale Air Force Base, California.  He is responsible for the maintenance operations of eight unit equipped KC-135R Stratotankers.  The 940th Air Refueling Wing performs in-flight air refueling, cargo and passenger airlift, aeromedical evacuation, as well as humanitarian support; during peacetime or in support of worldwide contingency operations.




Colonel Orcutt entered active duty as an aircraft maintenance officer with an educational assignment en route to his first duty station.  As a distinguished graduate from Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, he went on to become Chief, Munitions Production followed by two flight commander roles obtaining back-shop and flight line experience at Tyndall AFB, Florida.  He completed his active duty requirements as an assistant to the 47th Operations Support Squadron commander at Laughlin AFB, Texas and returned to the Air Force Reserve as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) assigned to the Aircraft Maintenance Depot at Hill AFB, Utah. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Orcutt was the IMA to the Vice Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah.

As a civilian, he was employed by International Business Machines as a supply & logistics planner then returned to the aviation career field as an Airport Safety Officer for the City and County of San Francisco.  Currently, he is an Airport Duty Manager at Oakland International Airport and is Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Tracy.

1992 Associate Degree in Aviation, Cypress College, Cypress, California
1995 Bachelor of Science in Aviation, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
1995 Air Force Combat Ammunition Course, Beale AFB, California
1998 Master in Business Administration, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
1998 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
2005 Squadron Officer School, In Residence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2008 Air Command and Staff College (Distance Learning)
2010 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Force Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
2011 Maintenance Officer Intermediate Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2012 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2014 Accident Investigation Board President’s Course
2015 Air War College (Distance Learning)
2018 Senior Materiel Leader Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

1. 1995-1995 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2. 1995-1996 Chief, Munitions Production, 325th Maintenance Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida
3. 1996-1997 Accessories Flight Commander, 325th Maintenance Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida
4. 1997-1998 Flight Commander, Sortie Support, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida
5. 1998-2000 Special Asst to the Commander, 47th Operations Support Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
6. 2003-2004 IMA to F-16 Weapons System Support Center Chief, Hill AFB, Utah
7. 2004-2005 IMA to F-16 Production Chief, Hill AFB, Utah
8. 2005-2008 IMA to F-16 Squadron Director, Hill AFB, Utah
9. 2008-2011 IMA to the Director, 309th Commodities Maintenance Group, Hill AFB, Utah
10. 2011-2012 Commander, 349th Maintenance Operations Flight, Travis AFB, California
11. 2012-2015 Commander, 945th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Travis AFB, California
12. 2015-2016 Deputy Commander, 349th Maintenance Group, Travis AFB, California
13. 2016-2018 IMA to Vice Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah
14. 2018-Present Commander, 940th Maintenance Group, Beale AFB, California

Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (three oak leaf clusters)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal (one service star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service
Air Force Training Ribbon

Second Lieutenant July 14, 1995
First Lieutenant July 14, 1997
Captain July 14, 1999
Major August 5, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel September 16, 2011
Colonel June 1, 2016

(Current as of July 2018)