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Colonel with Albany ties joins Joint Staff

Col. Stan Cole

Col. Stan Cole

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Col. Stan Cole

ALBANY, Ga. -- An Air Force colonel with connections to Southwest Georgia has made a name for himself.

Air Force Col. Stan Cole, who has ties to the Albany area, is now serving as the vice deputy director for Intelligence to Support Operations, Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff Directorate for Intelligence in Washington, D.C.

This makes him a member of the Joint Staff. He is the nephew of Geraldine H. Barronton, of Albany, and Harold D. Barronton.

He is responsible for providing synchronized operational intelligence support to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Staff directors and the combatant commands for short and long-term operational and contingency planning, policy and strategy development, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, special operations, cyberspace and exercises, an available biography on him states.

Cole received his commission in 1992 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. After completing intelligence officer training in 1993, he was assigned as a human intelligence officer at Vogelweh Cantonment, Germany. After this, he served in various operational intelligence assignments -- including tours at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and on the Air Staff in Washington, DC.

Aside from his Bachelor of Science in History from the Air Force Academy, he holds several master's degrees. His most recent education credit is a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., the biography says.

He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and has served tours as both a squadron and group commander. He has supported contingency operations as an intelligence officer during Southern Watch, Allied Force, Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom.

Before his current assignment, Cole was the commander of the Air and Cyberspace Analysis Group at National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He was relieved from this post on July 24, his biography states.

His major awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

He was promoted to his current rank in October 2010.