Lieutenant Colonel Corey Hancock, 343rd Bomb Squadron Commander

Col. Corey B. Hancock is commander of the 343rd Bomb Squadron, 307th Operations Group, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. As commander, he leads a 31-member conventional and nuclear B-52 Stratofortress classic associate squadron. Additionally, he ensures effective training and combat readiness of Air Force Reserve Command’s only nuclear strike squadron.

Lt. Col. Hancock is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned his commission in 2003 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. While there, he earned a degree in Political Science. In 2005, he earned his wings from Undergraduate Pilot Training. He also has a Master of Science degree in International Relations in 2010.

Lt. Col. Hancock has over 4,400 flight hours of conventional, nuclear, reconnaissance and training experience with 515 combat hours, deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Additionally, he was selected to be a Presidential Advance Agent, where he coordinated and facilitated worldwide official travel for Air Force One and Air Force Two. Prior to this assignment he was the Chief of Inspections and Executive Officer for the 307th Bomb Wing.  In this position he overaw regulatory guidance and compliance for all 307th BW units located at Barksdale AFB, La., and Dyess AFB, Texas.



2003 Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

2004 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2009 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2010 Master of Science degree in International Relations, Troy University, Troy, Ala.

2012 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2020 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.



  1. May 2003 – March 2004, Training Officer, 422d Test & Evaluation Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
  2. March 2004 – August 2005, Undergraduate Pilot Training Student, Columbus AFB, Miss.
  3. August 2005 – March 2006, B-52 Initial Qualification Training Student, Barksdale AFB, La.
  4. March 2006 – October 2009, B-52 Aircraft Commander / Weapons & Tactics Assistant Flight Commander, 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
  5. October 2009 – January 2013, T-6 Instructor Pilot / Flight Commander, 41st Flying Training Squadron & 14th Student Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.  (February 2011 – August 2011, MC-12 Mission Commander / Chief of Standardization & Evaluation, 362d Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Balad Air Base, Iraq)
  6. January 2013 – June 2015, B-52 Instructor Pilot / Assistant Director of Operations, 20th BS & 11th BS, Barksdale AFB, La.
  7. June 2015 – June 2017, Senior Offensive Duty Officer, 607th Air & Space Operations Center, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
  8. June 2017 – April 2019, B-52 Evaluator Pilot / Deputy Commander, 2d Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, La.
  9. April 2019 – January 2023, B-52 Evaluator Pilot / Chief Pilot & Director of Operations, 343d BS, Barksdale AFB, La.
  10. January 2023 – January 2024, Chief of Inspections / Executive Officer, 307th Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
  11. January 2024 – Present, commander, 343rd BS, Barksdale AFB, La.



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 4400, including 515 combat hours

Aircraft Flown: T-37B, T-38C, B-52H, T-6A, TH-1H, T-1A, C-12, and MC-12W



Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Army Achievement Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star

Korean Defense Service Medal



2012 Flight Commander of the Year

2016 Field Grade Officer of the Year

2019 Global Strike Command Lemay Trophy

2019 Global Strike Command Linebacker Trophy

2019 Global Strike Command Mitchell Trophy



Civil Air Patrol

Order of Daedalians

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

American Bonanza Society



Second Lieutenant May 28, 2003

First Lieutenant May 28, 2005

Captain May 28, 2007

Major September 30, 2013

Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2020


(Current as of January 2024)