Ayers began his United States Air Force training at Vance Air Force Base in 1982. Upon completion, he became a Northrop T-38 Talon instructor pilot with the 25th Flying Training Squadron. In 1985, he transferred to the 71st Flying Training Wing.
In 1987, Ayers was assigned to Langley Air Force Base as a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle pilot. Later, he became a McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet instructor at CFB Bagotville. The following year, he was assigned to the 143d Airlift Squadron at Quonset Air National Guard Base as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules pilot. Soon after, he transferred to the Rhode Island National Guard. In 2002, Ayers assumed command of the 143d Airlift Squadron.
In 2008, he was named Assistant Adjutant General – Air of the Rhode Island National Guard. During this time, he also served as Air National Guard Assistant to the Command of the Twenty-Fourth Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base. After a brief time with the Central Security Service, he was assigned to Air Education and Training Command as Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander in 2012.
Awards he has received during his career include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Organizational Excellence Award, the Combat Readiness Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
- University of New Hampshire
- Squadron Officer School
- Defense Language Institute
- Air Command and Staff College
- Air War College
- Western Governors University
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