Colonel Ricky D. Gibney is Commander of the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard based in Fargo North Dakota. The Wing operates the MQ-1 Predator and the C-21 Lear Jet and is in the conversion process to transition to the C-27J Spartan. The Wing also has a Detachment at Minot AFB, North Dakota, the 219th Security Forces Squadron, as well as an MQ-1 Launch Recovery Element Detachment at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

Colonel Gibney most recently was the Director of J-5 of the North Dakota National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was responsible for overseeing all activities involving Strategic Planning, International Affairs and Organizational Development Programs as well as providing strategic analysis to the Adjutant General to integrate, coordinate, and communicate the North Dakota National Guard's corporate strategic direction.

Colonel Gibney's previous assignment was as Commander of the 178th Reconnaissance Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard based at Hector International Airport, Fargo, North Dakota. In that position he was responsible for the establishment of the RPA mission in the NDANG as well as for the day-to-day conduct of training and combat air operations for the 119th Wing's reconnaissance mission. In addition he served as the Title-10 Commander responsible for coordination with supported US and multi-national ground units and the CFACC for combat operations in and supporting Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

After serving enlisted tours in the active duty Army and in the Army National Guard, Colonel Gibney received his commission in 1982 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army ROTC program at North Dakota State University. After graduating from the United States Army Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and serving in the US Army as a Combat Engineer Officer he transferred to the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1985. Colonel Gibney completed Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, California, F-4 Fighter training at Kingsley Field, Oregon and returned to the NDANG as a Weapon System Officer in the F-4D Phantom. In 1988 he was selected to attend pilot training and graduated from UPT at Williams AFB, in 1989 and F-16 FTU in 1990. Colonel Gibney has participated in eight deployments to Central America from 1991 to 2001 in support of Operation Coronet Nighthawk. Following the aftermath of 9-11, he led numerous F-16 sorties in Operation Noble Eagle flying Combat Air Patrols over Washington D.C. and around the nation. In the 2003 and 2004 Colonel Gibney deployed to Doha, Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as the CENTAF Liaison Officer to CENTCOM. Colonel Gibney is a command pilot with over 4,000 operational flight hours in the F-4C/D, F-16A, and MQ-1. Since joining the North Dakota Air National Guard Colonel Gibney has served in a wide variety of assignments in the 119th Fighter Wing and within the North Dakota National Guard. These Include:

2009 - Present Commander, 119 Wing

2008 - 2009 Director, NDNG Joint Force Headquarters J-5, Coordinator, SPP Ghana

2006 - 2008 Commander, 178th Reconnaissance Squadron

2006 - 2007 Chief, Wing Conversion Office

2005 - 2006 Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2002 - 2005 Commander, 119th Fighter Wing Operations Group

2000 - 2002 Chief of Standardization and Evaluation

1999 - 2000 Chief of Wing Scheduling

1995 - 1999 Commander, Air Defense Alert Detachment, Det. 1, 119th Fighter Wing, March AFB/ARB, California, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, Langley AFB, Virginia

1994 - 1995 Commander, Aircraft Maintenance Division

1991 - 1994 Chief of Security Police, 119th SPS

1989 - 2005 1991 - 2006 F-16A Fighter Pilot / Instructor Pilot / Flight Examiner/ Functional Check Flight Pilot

1985 - 1988 F-4D Weapon System Officer / Life Support Officer


North Dakota State University: Bachelor of Science Degree
Air University, Maxwell AFB Al: Masters Degree in Strategic Studies
Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Seminar: Graduate
NORTHCOM Joint Task Force Commander Training Course: Graduate


Meritorious Service Medal with
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (11 Devices)
Command Pilot Wings
Navigator Wings
Commanders Badge
Ranger Tab
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Wings
Military Freefall Parachutist Wings
Canadian Parachutist Wings


Inaugural Commander of the 178th Reconnaissance Squadron
Pilot member of 1st place 1994 William Tell Worldwide Air to Air Weapons Competition
USAF Security Police Officer Course. Honor Graduate
Life Support Officer Course. Honor Graduate
Member of Congressional Military Academy Selection Committee
Graduate US Army Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC
Special Forces Military Freefall Parachutist Course. Honor Graduate
Jumpmaster Course. Honor Graduate
US Army Ranger Course. Distinguished Honor Graduate
US Army Parachutist Course. Distinguished Honor Graduate
Ft. Lewis Parachute Demonstration Team Jumpmaster
Member United States Military Pentathlon Team
Coach United States Military Pentathlon Team
North Dakota National Guard Marathon Team
North Dakota Biathlon Team

Aeronautical Ratings: Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Private aircraft owner


Second Lieutenant 29 May 1982 * U.S. Army
Second Lieutenant 31 Mar 1985 Air Force Reserve
First Lieutenant 19 Nov 1985
Captain 10 Jun 1987
Major 29 May 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 29 May 2003
Colonel 20 Nov 2008