Lt. Col. Carla C. Lugo is the commander of the 44th Aerial Port Squadron, 624th Regional Support Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The 44th APS deploys qualified personnel to provide air terminal operations worldwide in support of contingency operations, exercises, unit moves, and foreign humanitarian relief or disaster operations. The squadron is the largest APS in the Air Force Reserve Command. The 44th APS provides expertise in all areas of air terminal operations to include aircraft loading, cargo processing and inspecting, passenger services, aircraft fleet services and aerial port command and control.
Lt. Col. Lugo enlisted into the Air Force as a dental technician in 1995 and was stationed at Nellis AFB, Nev. In 1997 Lt. Col. Lugo left active duty and joined the Army National Guard as a transportation operator where she served as an Army specialist. This provided an opportunity for her to pursue her commission. She was accepted into the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., and received her Air Force commission in 2000. She served on active duty as a services officer for five years before joining the Air Force Reserve in 2005. During her career, Lt. Col. Lugo deployed seven times worldwide supporting multiple operations to include OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and most recently in support of U.S. Central Command operations as a strategy action officer.
Prior to her current position, Lt. Col. Lugo was the logistics readiness officer at the 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz. In her civilian career, she is a nurse at Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, Ariz.
1995 Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology/Audiology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.
2000 Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.
2006 Master’s in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2017 Associate Degree in Nursing, Northland Pioneer College, Winslow, Ariz.
1. June 2000–June 2003, Services Officer, 99th Services Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2. June 2003–May 2005, Services Officer, 65th Services Squadron, Lajes Air Base, Azores
3. October 2005–December 2011, Aerial Port Officer, 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
4. December 2011–December 2013, Logistics Readiness Officer, 452th Air Mobility Wing, March AFB, Calif.
5. December 2013–January 2015, Aerial Port Officer, 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March AFB, Calif.
6. January 2015–June 2018, Logistics Readiness Officer, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz
7. June 2018–Present, Commander, 44th Aerial Port Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 2000
First Lieutenant May 31, 2002
Captain May 31, 2004
Major May 31, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 1, 2016
(Current as of June 2018)