Col Couchman began his military career after graduating and commissioning from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002. He served as an F-16 evaluator and instructor pilot on active duty, stationed with the 555th FS at Aviano AB for two assignments and the 80th FS at Kunsan AB for one. Col Couchman also served with the 17th STS as a jump ALO and JTAC attached to the 75th Ranger Regiment. He joined the COANG in 2016 and served as Range Control Officer and Range Commander at Airburst Range. Following this he took over as the 140th Operations Support Squadron Director of Operations for a brief period before serving as 140th Chief of Wing Plans and Chief of Staff. After filling the roles on Wing Staff, Col Couchman became the 120th Fighter Squadron Commander for a year before taking over the 140th Operations Group. He has over 100 HALO and HAHO jumps and deployed multiple times in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan as a strike force and reconnaissance JTAC. He is also a command pilot with more than 2700 hours in the F-16C, having flown over 800 combat hours in Operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve out of Saudi Arabia.

2002 Bachelor of Science, USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO
2008 USAF Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
2013 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2013 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University
2014 Master of Operations Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
2019 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
1. Apr 2003 – May 2004, Student, USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, Sheppard
2. May 2004 – Aug 2005, F-16 B-course, Luke AFB, AZ
3. Aug 2005 – Jun 2008, Scheduler/SELO/ECP, 555th FS, Aviano AB, Italy
4. Jun 2008 – Feb 2009, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Cmbt Emp, 80th FS, Kunsan
5. Feb 2009 – Apr 2010, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Flight CC, 80th FS, Kunsan AB, Korea
6. Apr 2010 – Jan 2012, Jump ALO, Team Lead, 17th STS, Ft Benning, GA
7. Jan 2012 – Mar 2013, Jump ALO, ADO, 17th STS, Ft Benning, GA
8. Mar 2013 – Mar 2014, Assistant Director of Ops, 31 OSS, Aviano AB, Italy
9. Mar 2014 – Jul 2016, Chief of Stan Eval, 555th FS, Aviano AB, It
10 Jul 2016 – Jun 2019, Range Control Officer/Commander, Airburst Rng, COANG
11. Jun 2019 – Jan 2020, Director of Operations, 140th OSS, Buckley SFB
12. Jan 2020 – May 2021, Chief of Wing Plans and Staff, 140th WG, Buckley SFB
13. May 2021 – May 2022, Commander, 120th FS, Buckley SFB
14. May 2022 – PRESENT, Commander, 140th OG, Buckley SFB
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 2750 (841 Combat)
Aircraft Flown:  T-37, AT-38 and F-16