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Lt. Col. Paul "Max" Moga


Host of SHOWDOWN: AIR COMBAT and GREAT PLANES on Military Channel, Major Paul D. Moga is an operational F-22A instructor pilot and the ACC F-22 Demonstration Pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Major Moga was born in Saint Paul, Minn., on Nov. 13, 1972. He attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School, graduating in May 1991. After high school, Major Moga attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with the Class of 1995. 

Upon graduation Major Moga remained at the Academy on casual status until he attended Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He graduated as the Distinguished Graduate, Academic Award, Flying Award and AETC Commander's Trophy recipient. Major Moga then attended Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., and F-15C Formal Training Unit (FTU) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Upon graduation, he was then assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, for three years. Following that assignment, Major Moga moved back to Tyndall AFB to serve as an F-15C FTU Instructor Pilot where he taught for four years. During that time, he attended Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and received Distinguished Graduate honors. 

Major Moga was one of thirteen pilots Air Force-wide accepted into the F-22A program as initial FTU IP cadre in the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB. He was the 43rd FS Flight Commander of the year in 2005 and the 325th Fighter Wing Lance P. Sijan Award nominee for 2006. In February of 2006 he was selected to be the first F-22 Demonstration Pilot and moved to Langley AFB in August. He is a seasoned fighter pilot with over 1,800 fighter hours and over 250 combat hours over Yugoslavia and Iraq. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Kosovo Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.

Source: Air Combat Command