John Day native promoted to lieutenant colonel

Lt. Col. Carl B. Pitts

A John Day native has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.

Lt. Col. Carl B. Pitts was born and raised in John Day and was promoted July 8.

Son of proud parents Larry and Lynn Pitts, he has over 34,000 hours of flight time logged in a number of aircraft and drones. Pitts is the assistant director of operations of the 542nd Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

He is a veteran of operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Unified Protector.

A family with a history of military service, the Pitts are very excited about their son’s promotion.

“We were told that only 20 percent of those qualified for lieutenant colonel are promoted,” Larry Pitts said in a letter. “We are very proud of him.”

Carl Pitts graduated from Grant Union High School in 1996 and from University of Portland in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He lives in California with his wife, Trish, and their four sons.

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