Col. Brandon H. Sokora

Colonel Brandon H. Sokora is the deputy commander at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and commander of the 627th Air Base Group. As the JBLM deputy commander, he and the JBLM commander are responsible for an organization comprised of more than 4,000 military and civilian personnel that supports more than 350 units and an installation population of more than 44,000 military, 15,000 civilian and contract employees, and 54,000 family members within 414,000 acres. 

Along with the JBLM commander, he manages an annual budget of more than $430 million and is responsible for installation management, facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, communication systems, security and law enforcement, fire protection, dining, lodging, recreational services, human resources management, supply and vehicle fleet management. 

As 627th Air Base Group commander, he is responsible for organizing, training and equipping more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons, the Chaplain's Corps and Equal Opportunity offices; executing installation support at home station and providing Expeditionary Combat Support to military operations worldwide. 
Colonel Sokora received his commission in 2000 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. He has commanded twice at the squadron level, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. In addition, he has also served in numerous leadership positions in a variety of base-level civil engineer assignments across three combatant commands with multiple deployments including Joint and Combined Task Forces staffs. He has also served twice on the Headquarters Air Force staff. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Sokora was the director of Installations, 9th Air Force, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

2000 Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
2000 Aerospace Basic Course – Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2006 Squadron Officer School – Maxwell AFB
2010 Master of Science in Global Leadership – University of San Diego, California
2011 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence) – Maxwell AFB
2021 Masters of Strategic Studies – Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

1. July 2000 - June 2001, Assistant Intercollegiate Football Coach, U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
2. July 2001 - July 2003, Chief of Simplified Acquisitions Base Engineering Requirements, Chief of Engineering Contracts, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
3. July 2003 - August 2004, Deputy, Plans and Programs, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
4. September 2004 - August 2006, Chief of Maintenance Engineering, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England (deployed April 2005 - September 2005, Reconstruction Officer, Combined Joint Engineer Directorate, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan)
5. September 2006 - August 2010, Project Engineer, Readiness Flight Commander, Engineering Flight Commander, 820th RED HORSE Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada, (deployed April 2007 - September 2007 and October 2008 - April 2009, Project Engineer, Director of Operations 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq)
6. September 2010 - September 2013, Operations Flight Commander, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas (deployed November 2010 - May 2011, Chief of Installations, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force - Iraq, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq)
7. October 2013 - June 2015, Contingency Operations Program Manager, Readiness Division, Directorate of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, District of Colombia
8. July 2015 - June 2017, Commander, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England 
9. June 2017 - July 2019, Commander, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
10. August 2019 - July 2020, Deputy Chair, Installation Support Panel, Resources Division, Directorate of Resources Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, District of Columbia
11. August 2020 - June 2021, Student, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
12. June 2021 – June 2023, Director of Installations, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central), Shaw AFB, South Carolina

Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Joint Meritorious Unit Award 
Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters 

Second Lieutenant May 31, 2000 
First Lieutenant May 31, 2002 
Captain May 31, 2004 
Major Feb. 1, 2010 
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2015
Colonel June 1, 2021