COLONEL BERRY L. McCORMICK
Colonel Berry L. McCormick is the Commander, Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) Gulfport, Miss. The primary mission of the Gulfport CRTC is to provide an integrated, year round, realistic joint training environment (Air Space, Ranges, Systems, Facilities, and Equipment) for units to enhance their capability and combat readiness. The CRTC holds a certification as a National Training Center emphasizing Special Operations Forces (SOF), Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD/DEAD), Close Air Support (CAS), En-Route Casualty Care (ERCC) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR).
Col McCormick enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard in 1988 as a Search Scope Operator with the 255th Tactical Control Squadron, Gulfport, Miss. After graduating from Mississippi State University in Electrical Engineering, he was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn. and graduated Weapons Director Training at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. in 1993. He has 31 years with the Mississippi Air National Guard, and he has served as Weapons Director, Air Surveillance Officer Instructor/Evaluator, Civil Engineer, and Commander for both a Civil Engineer and Air Control Squadron. He is a veteran of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation NOBLE EAGLE, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Support at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Air Force Civil Engineer Basic Course, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2012 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2018 Masters of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
2018 Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Army War College
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Feb. 11, 1993
First Lieutenant March 4, 1995
Captain Nov. 1, 1997
Major Feb. 14, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 14, 2006
Colonel Aug. 6, 2019
(Current as of October 2020)