George Youstra Commissioned as Colonel in United States Air Force

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 27, 2015) – United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel George Youstra was promoted to the rank of Colonel in a commissioning ceremony held Sunday, Oct. 25, in War Memorial Chapel on the Bob Jones University campus. General Philip Breedlove, a four-star General in the United States Air Force who serves as the Commander, U.S. European Command, as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, conducted the ceremony.

Youstra, who was born and raised in Greenville, is a 1982 graduate of BJU. Prior to entering the Air Force, he served in the United States Army for fourteen years in Special Forces, Infantry, as a military police officer and as chaplain. He has served as a chaplain in the USAF for seventeen years and currently serves as the Joint Staff Chaplain in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree from BJU, Youstra earned an MDiv from Anderson University School of Theology and a master’s in strategic studies from the Air War College.

Following the ceremony, family and friends gathered in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium for a reception.