Lt Col Pankretz

Lt Col Pankretz


Lieutenant Colonel Geoffry S. Pankretz

Lt Colonel Geoffry Pankretz is the Commander of the Arizona Cyber Joint Task Force, Papago Park Military Reservation, Phoenix, Arizona. Lt Colonel Pankretz is responsible for executing cyber defense operations  within the state of Arizona and training Army and Air Force cyber defense operators.


Lt Colonel Pankretz enlisted in the Air Force in July 1996 as an Instrumentation and Telemetry Technician. After basic training, he was assigned to the 84th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Tyndall AFB, FL.  While at Tyndall AFB, He was selected as a recipient for an ROTC scholarship and, subsequently, attended the University of New Mexico to earn his undergraduate degree.  Upon his commissioning in Dec 2002 as a communications officer, he served on Active Duty for 4 years and in Dec 2006 transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, where he served as a Communication Liaison to the A2 and as a Director of Operations. In 2008, he joined the Arizona National guard where he has served in a variety of roles including the A6, and as a Communication Flight Commander.  Prior to his current assignment, Lt Colonel Pankretz served as the J6, Joint Task Force Arizona, Joint Force Headquarters, Arizona National Guard.


EDUCATION1998 Associates of Applied Science, , Community College of the Air Force

2002 B.S. Computer Science, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2004 M.S. Computer Science – Software Engineering, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO

2003 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL by Correspondence

2016 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL by Correspondence

2020 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL by Correspondence




1.   July 1996 – September 1996, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

2.   September 1996 – August 1999, Instrumentation & Telemetry Technician, 84 Test & Evaluation Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida

3.   December 2002 – October 2005, Crew Commander, 721st Communication Squadron, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Colorado

4.   October 2002 – November 2006, Executive Officer, 36th Mission Support Group, Andersen AFB, Guam

5.   March 2007 – October 2008, Communication Liaison Officer, A2, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

6.   October 2008 – July 2010, Director of Operations, 944th Communication Flight, Luke AFB, Arizona

7.   July 2013 – Sept 2018, Communications Flight Commander, 214th Operational Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

8.   September 2018 – April 2020, Joint Task Force – Arizona J6, Papago Park Military Reservation, Arizona

9.   April 2020 – Present, Commander – Cyber Joint Task Force, Papago Park Military Reservation, Arizona


Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Air Force Overseas Short Ribbon

Air Force Longevity Service

Air Force Basic Training Honor Graduate

Air Force Training Ribbon





Scholarship for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC Recipient



Second Lieutenant              Dec 2002

First Lieutenant                    Dec 2004

Captain                                  Oct 2007

Major                                      Feb 2012

Lieutenant Colonel              Mar 2017