Colonel John S. Boenisch is the Commander of the 5th Combat Communications Group. The group is comprised of one support squadron and three deployment-ready squadrons. He directs the mobilization and deployment of Airmen, communications and computer systems, and air traffic control and landing systems to enable combatant commanders, joint task forces and Air Force component heaadquarters operations. The group's Airmen operate complex networks, switches, and base-level communications equipment delivering critical voice and high speed data communications to operational users while providing its own site, security, electrical power, and vehicle maintenance.

Col Boenisch entered the Air Force in 1995 after graduating from Oregon State University. He has held command and staff positions at the detachment, squadron, group, air staff, and Department of Defense levels. His career highlights include service as a communications flight commander supporting F-117s, Battle Management Test Director within the National Missile Defense program, analyst within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Networks Information and Integration, several critical positions in a specialized joint tactical communications unit, Air Postal Squadron Commander and Air Staff leadership positions. Col Boenisch has deployed in support of F- 117s for Southern Watch, twice deployed as a Joint Special Operations Task Force Director of Communications in Iraq and recently was the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Director of Communications in Afghanistan.

1995 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
1995 Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Masters of Arts in Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
2007 Masters of Science in Military Sciences, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
2011 Air War College, Correspondence
2014 Masters of Science in National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C.

1. June 1995 – June 1996 , Officer in Charge, 49th Communications Squadron, Wing Initial Communications Package, Holloman AFB, N.M.
2. June 1996 – January 1998, Flight Commander - Chief of Maintenance, 49th Communications Squadron, Mission Systems Flight, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. January 1998 - October 1998, Flight Commander, 49th Communications Squadron, Information Systems Flight, Holloman AFB, N.M.
4. October 1998 – June 2000, Battle Management C3/Human In Control Test Director, National Missile Defense Program, Det 4 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5. June 2000 – July 2000, Student, Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. July 2000 – July 2002, Air Force Intern, HQ USAF/DPL, Washington, D.C.
7. July 2002 – September 2003, Chief of Systems Engineering, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), MacDill AFB, Fla.
8. September 2003 – July 2005, Deputy Squadron Commander & Chief of Operations, 2nd Joint Communications Squadron, Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. July 2005 – July 2006, Director, Programs & Acquistions (J5), Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), MacDill AFB, Fla.
10. July 2006 – June 2007, Student, Marine Corp Command and Staff College, Quantico MCB, Va.
11. July 2007 - July 2009, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Air Postal Squadron, Hickam AFB, HI
12. July 2009 – July 2011, Deputy Director, Policy and Compliance, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
13. July 2011 – July 2012 Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
14. July 2012 – July 2013 Director of Communications, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force – 435, Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.
15. August 2013 – June 2014, Student, National War College, Ft McNair, Washington D.C.
16. July 2014 – July 2016, Director of Communications, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.
17. July 2016 - Present, Commander, 5th Combat Communicaitons Group, Robins AFB, Ga.

Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal with oak leaf cluster Armed Forces Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
NATO Service Medal

Master Cyber Operations Badge Space Operations Badge Lithuanian Parachutist Badge
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, Gold Award Basic Parachutist Badge

Co-Author “Continuity Management: Preserving Corporate Knowledge and Productivity when Employees Leave,” 2002, John Wiley and Sons, N.Y.

Second Lieutenant June 1995
First Lieutenant June 1997
Captain   June 1999
Major   Dec 2005
Lieutenant Colonel March 2009
Colonel   Feb 2015

(Current as of July 2016)