Colonel Brad A. Bemish is a career USAF intelligence professional and member of the National Security Studies Department faculty at the Eisenhower School. Prior to this assignment, he completed a senior developmental education fellowship with RAND Corporation, Project AIR FORCE. Recent assignments include commander of the 9th Intelligence Squadron at Beale AFB, CA, Deputy Air Forces Central Command Intelligence Director-Forward at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and Chief, Commander’s Action Group for the Commander, Third Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
After earning his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University Northwest, Colonel Bemish entered the Air Force in 1992 as an enlisted Russian and then airborne Serbo-Croatian linguist culminating with service aboard the RC-135 V/W during Operation ALLIED FORCE as a Staff Sergeant. After commissioning from Officer Training School in 2000, he completed USAF basic intelligence officer training as a Distinguished Graduate in 2001. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution from American Military University, a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College and a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He has served in various positions at the squadron, group and MAJCOM levels including time with the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, various Combined Air and Space Operations Center assignments, USAF Rescue, exchange officer with the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and United States Air Forces Europe and Africa Intelligence Directorate staff.
Colonel Bemish has multiple deployments in support of operations in the Middle East and North Africa post-9/11 and is an experienced intelligence mission aviator including time with the RC-135 V/W and Royal Air Force Sentinel Mk-1 Airborne Stand Off Radar. He has nearly 1,500 combat and combat support hours flying in various operations in the Balkans and the Middle East.