Director Ronald P. Han Jr.
Biography of Ronald P. Han Jr., OVS Director
Colonel Ronald P. Han Jr. retired from the United States Air Force on 1 July 2011. In his last duty assignment, he served as the commander of the 154th Maintenance Group in the 154th Wing located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. He was responsible for over 850 maintainers under one classic and two active associate constructs. His Group partnered with active duty maintainers in the 15th Maintenance Group in managing all aircraft maintenance support valued at over $2.6 billion for the following weapon systems: F-22 Raptors, C-17 Globe Master III Airlifters, and KC-135 Stratotankers. One of the largest and most diverse Groups in the entire Air National Guard, his maintainers supported both combat and mobility air force missions, enroute tanker maintenance, and alert air sovereignty taskings.
Colonel Han graduated from Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Hawaii.
He received his commission as a second lieutenant through the AF Reserve Officers Training Program at the University of Hawaii and served on active duty for over eight years, entering the Air National Guard in 1992. Col Han has attended Squadron Officer School in-residence and completed Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. He has also attended the Advanced Officers Logistics Course and has deployed with the tanker task force in support of Operation Allied Force. Col Han has commanded two squadrons, a group, and has held major command level positions. He advanced to the rank of colonel on 17 March 2005.
Col Han’s career spans more than 28 years and is characterized by his awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass, the Hawaii National Guard Medal of Merit, and the Hawaii National Guard Commendation Medal.
He also earned distinction as the 5th Air Forces and Pacific Air Forces Supply Junior Manager of the Year in 1986, selected as the 1989 Air Force Hawaii Military Officer of the Year, and was the 1993 Hawaii National Guard Association Officer of the Year.
Re-appointed by the Governor of the State of Hawaii, the Honorable David Y. Ige, on July 1, 2015 as the Director of the State Office of Veterans Services under the Hawaii State Department of Defense, he’s also a member of the State Advisory Board on Veterans Services, Board Trustee and the Vice Chair for the Finance Committee for the Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund, and a member of the University of Hawaii Task Force for Student Veterans.