A master navigator, Black has more than 3,400 flight hours in the AC-130H Spectre Gunship and the U-28A Draco.
“Deploying extensively in the years after 9/11, first in the Gunship and later in the U-28, Allison accumulated 3,400 hours of flight time with an astounding 2,000 of them in combat,” Slife noted. “In my generation, I was a pretty credible combat pilot. I have 283 hours of combat time. Allison has over 2,000 hours of combat flying time.”
Before assuming command of the 1st SOW, Black served as vice commander of the 24 SOW at Hurlburt Field.