Colonel Miguel Ivorra Ruiz is the Director of the Spanish Air Force Academy, San Javier Air Base, Spain. The Spanish Air Force Academy is Spain’s exclusive and only commissioning source for Spanish Air Force Officers.
Colonel Ivorra earned his commission in 1987, as valedictorian of the 39th graduating class of the Spanish Air Force Academy.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft. He has flown and led combat and combat support missions in multiple theaters and operations. As an exchange officer with the US Navy, F-18 pilot and instructor stationed at Lemoore, California. He was the first Spanish Air Force pilot to land on an aircraft carrier (USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72). He flew 58 sorties from Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation JOINT GUARD/JOINT FORGE/JOINT GUARDIAN in the Balkan Conflict (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo) for which he was recognized for valour. He served over 400 days in the AOR in support of ISAF (Afghanistan), JOINT GUARD/JOINT FORGE/JOINT GUARDIAN (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo), and Operation Libre Hidalgo (Lebanon). He participated in Operation “Determined Falcon” as squadron leader of Aerial Defense during the show of force to President Milosevic of the Republic of Serbia. He also served as the Spanish delegate in the CAOC at Vicenza, Italy, during the Kosovo conflict. He has commanded multiple war and peacetime units including Group Commander, Advanced Air Group at Qala-i-Naw (ASPFOR XXXIII) in Afghanistan, and Chief of Air Expeditionary Group RED FLAG 2016, comprised of 8 EF-18, 2 refuelling KC-130 Hercules and 198 members.
In addition, the colonel has held staff assignments at every level to include major command, national defense headquarters, and NATO joint staff. At Headquarters Air Combat Command, he was Chief of A3/A5 Plans and Operations Division. His distinguished career includes time served as staff on the J3 Operations at the Joint Operations Command, as a staff officer at NATO HQ Operations Division in Brussels, Netherlands, and as a technical advisor to the Spanish Defense Secretary, Madrid.