This quarter’s Town & Tower & Tarmac-themed meeting will feature Col. Justin T. Grieve, commander at 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus Air Force Base, who will be on Mississippi University for Women’s campus Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Cochran Hall.

Col. Justin T. Grieve
Col. Justin T. Grieve

Col. Grieve is responsible for conducting Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training for U.S. Air Force and allied officers. The wing is composed of 241 aircraft flying more than 40,000 sorties and 60,000 hours per year while training over 400 pilots and combat system operators annually. He manages an operations and maintenance budget of approximately $115 million with capital assets exceeding $2.3 billion.

Col. Grieve received his commission through the United States Air Force Academy in 2000. He attended Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, earning his wings in 2001. Following pilot training, Col. Grieve was assigned to the 33rd Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Oklahoma, as a T-37 instructor pilot.

Col. Grieve was accepted to join the 509th Bomb Wing and the B-2 program at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, in 2005. He served in several squadrons as a B-2 instructor pilot and T-38 pilot. In 2012, he served as chief, Bomber Aircraft and Nuclear Programs for the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This was followed by an assignment to work with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University as an Air Force Foreign Policy Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. Col. Grieve commanded the 509th Operations Group after attending National War College on Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C.

Prior to this assignment, Col. Grieve served as the chief, Nuclear Mission Planning Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $20. Individuals who plan to attend are asked to please RSVP by Monday, June 19 to Anika Perkins, Office of University Relations at The W, at (662) 329-7124 or email

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Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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