On May 29, Memorial Day, Maj. Jeffrey Dill of Hagerstown was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
The ceremony took place at the American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.
Gen. Gary North, commander of the Pacific Forces, along with Dill's wife, Kathy, pinned him with the silver oak leaf. U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas was also present for the ceremony. Dill's promotion came 15 years to the day he was commissioned as a second lieutenant at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Dill is a 1992 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1996, and began his studies as a navigator for the C130 cargo plane.
From 1998 to 2001, Dill was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, in Alaska. He also had many deployments to Asia and Japan.
While deployed in Thailand, he airlifted MIA teams into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his meritorious service.
In 2008, Dill received a Master of Arts degree in security studies, in Southeast Asia, and an Associate of Science degree as a Thai linguist in 2009, while in Monterey, Calif.
Dill's pilot studies initially began in 2001 and were completed in 2004, at which time he became a B1 bomber pilot in Texas. His new duty station was then assigned as Ellsworth Air Force Base, in Rapid City, S.D.
In the fall of 2005, Dill was chosen to be a co-pilot for one of two B1 bomber planes to fly, for the first time, in the Russian Air Show.
He was also deployed to the Afghanistan area,, where he piloted 15 combat missions. In July 2006, Dill became a commander pilot of a four-man crew and was, again, deployed for support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dill and his crew completed 55 combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dill is the son of Joseph Dill and Jean Tinkler, both of Hagerstown. He lives in Manila, Philippines, with his wife, Kathy, and children, Isabel and Nixie.