About

The Mitchell Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research organization established to provide fact-based policy options, inform debate, and empower our nation’s leaders.

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is an independent, nonpartisan research organization established to provide fact-based policy options that better empower our nation’s leaders by:

Informing

the national security debate

Educating

about the essential role of aerospace power in securing America’s global interests

Cultivating

aerospace-minded talent

This involves questioning established doctrine, organizational constructs, and operational concepts, asking whether there are better ways to meet national security goals. The Mitchell Institute provides independent analysis based on science, history, and data outlining the right solutions in the aerospace domain.

“The role of airpower is not only to fight and win wars if necessary, but to influence the behavior of other nations by actions short of war in support of national policy.” – Gen Laurence Kuter, USAF, Former Commander of NORAD

The Legacy of Billy Mitchell:

Army Brig Gen William Mitchell, for whom the Mitchell Institute is named, was a visionary of early airpower and the importance it would play in post-world-war global security and future wars. At great personal risk and sacrifice, he defied the contemporary military leaders of his time in pursuit of what he knew was true: superiority in the air (and today, space) would become the most critical factor in future military competitions. Read more about Mitchell

Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.)

Dean
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Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Gen Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat.

Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Gen Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat. He was the principal attack planner for the Operation Desert Storm air campaign; commander of no-fly-zone operations over Iraq in the late 1990s; director of the air campaign over Afghanistan in 2001; twice a joint task force commander; and was the air commander for the 2005 South Asia tsunami relief operations. He served on two congressional commissions charged with outlining America’s future defense posture. He is a fighter pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours—400 in combat—including multiple command assignments in the F-15. His last assignment was as the Air Force’s first chief of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), where he transformed America’s military ISR and drone enterprises, orchestrating the largest increase in drone operations in Air Force history. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service.

Areas of focus: Gen Deptula is a recognized expert and sought-after commentator around the world as a thought leader on aerospace operations, defense, strategy, and ISR. His recent works include: Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Defense Team; Resolving America’s Defense Strategy-Resource Mismatch: The Case for Cost-Per-Effect Analysis; Restoring America’s Military Competitiveness: Mosaic Warfare; and The Force We Need: Key Factors for Shaping the Air Force for the Future, among many others.

Doug Birkey

Executive Director
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Douglas A. Birkey is the Executive Director for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power Studies.

Background: As Executive Director, Mr. Birkey guides the research agenda and stakeholder strategy for Mitchell Institute.

Douglas A. Birkey is the Executive Director for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Power Studies.

Background: As Executive Director, Mr. Birkey guides the research agenda and stakeholder strategy for Mitchell Institute. He also executes research projects, hosts aerospace forums, shapes public programming, and engages leaders in Congress, the Department of Defense, as well as the broader policy and budget community. He is a routine contributor to the defense dialogue, with a regular presence in a range of publications ranging from the Washington Post and Financial Times to Defense News and Aviation Week.  Prior to this position, Birkey served as the Air Force Association’s Director of Government Relations. He was responsible for developing strategies to advance aerospace policy positions with Members of Congress, their staffs, officials within the Air Force, and the broader defense industry. Birkey was also the cofounder of the Washington, DC Airpower Working Group, which afforded the foundation from which Mitchell Institute was launched. Birkey began his Washington, DC career as a defense staffer in the office of Senator Lieberman (D-CT), assisting the Senator with his duties on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Areas of focus: Air Force modernization, defense policy and budget decisions, airpower strategy, aerospace power history, and congressional defense issues.

Academic and professional titles: He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, majoring in history, and was awarded a graduate degree from Georgetown University. He is also active in the restoration and operation of vintage aircraft for several private organizations.

Gen Kevin P. Chilton (Ret.)

Explorer Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Gen (ret.) Kevin Chilton is the Explorer Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background Retiring in 2011, General Chilton served for 34 1/2 years in the Air Force, most recently holding the title of Commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011.

Gen (ret.) Kevin Chilton is the Explorer Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background: Retiring in 2011, General Chilton served for 34 1/2 years in the Air Force, most recently holding the title of Commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011. General Chilton has commanded at the wing, numbered air force, major command and unified combatant command levels including serving as Commander of Air Force Space Command. He flew operational assignments in both the R-4C and F-15, and as an Air Force test pilot, conducting weapons tests in various models of the F-4 and F-15. His career includes serving 11 years as a NASA astronaut, where he flew as the Commander of STS-76, his third Space Shuttle mission, and served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations for the International Space Station Program. General Chilton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Creighton University, was a Columbia University Guggenheim Fellow earning a Master of Sciences degree in mechanical engineering, and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force pilot training and test pilot schools as well as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in engineering sciences.

Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.)

Director of Research

Maj Gen Larry “Stutz” Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), is the Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He attained the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force while serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander, and strategist.

Maj Gen Larry “Stutz” Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), is the Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: He attained the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force while serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander, and strategist. He’s flown F-4, F-16, and A-10 aircraft. Additionally, he flew T-37 and T-38 aircraft as both instructor and commander in the Air Force’s rapid-paced specialized undergraduate pilot training program. Mid-career he served as Professor of National Security Studies on the faculty of the National War College, the Nation’s most prestigious defense school located in Washington, DC, at Fort Lesley J. McNair. Following 9/11, General Stutzriem was on the leadership team that directed air operations in Afghanistan resulting in the surrender of the Taliban government in 90 days. He pioneered time-sensitive targeting in Afghanistan that led to current high-leverage targeting concepts. During nation-building operations in Iraq, he was assigned to the U.S. Department of State to reinvigorate the political-military interface. His final assignment was as Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy for U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). There, he led a dynamic team that achieved historic breakthroughs in theater security cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and the first Arctic defense strategy. He was a key leader in the modernization of the structure by which defense assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities, such as responses to natural and man-made disasters. Before joining the Mitchell Institute, he worked as a consultant to a range of organizations from small business to NASA.

Areas of focus: He’s a recognized expert in national security, aerospace power, and combat aircraft operations.

Academic and professional titles: General Stutzriem has a BS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University, an MS in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National Defense University. Among his career achievements, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation Enduring Freedom and received the State Department’s top service award while acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Mark Gunzinger

Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments

Mark Gunzinger serves as the Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments.

Background: USAF Col (Ret.) Gunzinger was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, director on the National Security Council staff, and a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the B-52.

Mark Gunzinger serves as the Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments.

Background: USAF Col (Ret.) Gunzinger was a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the B-52. As a member of the Air Staff during the 1990s, he conducted research on behalf of the Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on future warfighting operational concepts. In the late 1990s, he was a co-author of DoD’s first transformation strategy that prioritized the development of new technologies to sustain the U.S. military’s ability to project power into contested areas. As Director for Defense Transformation, Force Planning and Resources on the National Security Council staff, The White House, Mr. Gunzinger co-led the development of strategic plans focused on offsetting emerging of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) challenges in the Western Pacific. He was then appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources with oversight of DoD’s conventional capabilities. Acting as project leader for government-sponsored wargames that examined the challenges of emerging A2/AD threats in the Persian Gulf region, he developed elements of a new operational concept for U.S. military operations, which informed the development of DoD’s Air-Sea Battle concept.

Areas of focus: Mr. Gunzinger’s recent studies have focused on future directed energy capabilities, such as ship-based lasers and high-power microwave weapons, operational concepts and technologies needed to maintain the U.S. military’s dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum, and capabilities to create new advantages in precision strike salvo competitions with China and Russia. He has led multiple U.S. and international wargames and workshops to assess future concepts and systems-of-systems for joint and combined military operations in contested environments.

Academic and professional titles: Mr. Gunzinger has an MS in National Security Strategy degree from the National War College, a Master of Airpower Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a BS in Chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Medal.

Heather Penney

Senior Resident Fellow

Heather Penney is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she conducts extensive research on cutting-edge defense policy with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Penney worked over a decade in the defense industry focusing on defense budgets, supporting program execution, and capturing campaign management.

Heather Penney is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she conducts extensive research on cutting-edge defense policy with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Penney worked over a decade in the defense industry focusing on defense budgets, supporting program execution, and capturing campaign management. She served in the Washington, DC Air National Guard flying F-16s and G-100s; she has also served in the Air Force Reserve in the National Military Command Center. She has also lectured extensively on subjects such as Air Force capabilities and force structure, organizational command and control, reforming the defense personnel system, and other defense policy issues to a broad number of organizations, universities, and military institutions.

Areas of focus: She’s a recognized expert on defense policy issues concerning data rights, unmanned systems, software maintenance and operations, autonomy, and force structure considerations. Penney is established voice on Mosaic warfare, JADC2, and future operational concepts associated with information architectures.

Academic and professional titles: Penney received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy. She earned her MA in American Studies from Purdue University as well.

Caitlin Lee

Senior Fellow for UAV and Autonomy Studies (MI-UAS)

Dr. Caitlin Lee is the Senior Fellow for the Mitchell’s Institute’s Center for UAV and Autonomy Studies (MI-UAS)

Background: Dr. Lee previously served in multiple research leadership roles as a political scientist at RAND Corporation from 2016-2022, including Associate Director in RAND’s Acquisition and Technology Policy program, and Acting Associate Director in the Project AIR FORCE Strategy and Doctrine Program.

Dr. Caitlin Lee is the Senior Fellow for the Mitchell’s Institute’s Center for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

Background: Dr. Lee previously served in multiple research leadership roles as a political scientist at RAND Corporation from 2016-2022, including Associate Director in RAND’s Acquisition and Technology Policy program, and Acting Associate Director in the Project AIR FORCE Strategy and Doctrine Program. She also authored and co-authored reports on joint all-domain command and control, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, Air Force officer development, and strategic planning,  readiness, and force management. Prior to RAND, Caitlin was the Senior Aviation reporter for the Americas Bureau of Janes, where she covered Air Force acquisition, operations, and technology from 2006 to 2014 from the Pentagon and airfields worldwide, including Afghanistan, the UK and France. She  has flown in a variety of US military aircraft including the F-15, F-16, C-17, V-22, CH-46, and C-2A, as well as the Afghan Air Force C-208. She also covered homeland security and homeland defense at Congressional Quarterly from 2002-2006.

Areas of focus: Dr. Lee’s areas of expertise include aerospace strategy, operations, and technology, with a focus on the role of unmanned systems, autonomy and artificial intelligence/ machine learning in contributing to aerospace power.

Academic and professional titles: Dr. Lee’s dissertation focused on Air Force innovation and the MQ-1 Predator program. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Strategic Studies and Air and Space Power Journal, and she has provided commentary to CNN, Fox News, Flight Magazine and other media outlets. She is also an adjunct professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, where she teaches the “Art and Science of Force Planning,”  and an adjunct staff member of RAND Corporation. She has a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College in London, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. political science from Northeastern University.

Tim Ryan

Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies, Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Tim Ryan is Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background: Tim is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a Command Space Operator with expertise in Missile Warning, NRO, SATCOM and ICBM operations.

Tim Ryan is Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background: Tim is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a Command Space Operator with expertise in Missile Warning, NRO, SATCOM and ICBM operations.  Prior to joining Mitchell, Tim served as the Associate Director for Joint and National Security Council Matters on the Headquarters United Space Force staff.  Prior to that, Tim served in numerous space, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, Headquarters Air Force Space Command and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff positions.  He also deployed as a member of the USCENTCOM Director of Space Forces staff. In addition, he is a proud 2016 Air Force Strategic Policy Fellowship alumni.

Areas of focus: He’s an established voice on space operations with a focus on missile warning, national space and information operations.  In addition, he will provide a research focus on spacepower strategies and policies for MI-SPACE.

Academic and professional titles: Tim received his undergraduate degree from Wayland Baptist University, majoring in Criminal Justice and earned his MS in Forensic Science from National University.

Chris Stone

Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies, Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Christopher Stone is Senior Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Stone served as a strategic consultant supporting the Office of Secretary of Defense, and he was a Presidential appointee in the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy office.

Christopher Stone is Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE).

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Stone served as a strategic consultant supporting the Office of Secretary of Defense, and he was a Presidential appointee in the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Space Policy office. Stone has served on the staffs of two United States Senators, as well as over a decade serving as a senior space policy analyst for two Secretaries of the Air Force; Chief of Staff of the Space Division at Air Force International Affairs, and Chief of Strategy for the National Guard Bureau’s Space Operations Directorate, Pentagon. He has served as a space operations officer in the Air Force (Regular, Reserve and now National Guard) for over 17 years at tactical, operational, and strategic levels to include two Combatant Commands, Joint Staff, and Air Staff strategy and campaign planner positions.

Areas of focus: As Senior Fellow for Space Studies for MI-SPARC, Stone conducts extensive research on spacepower strategies and policies with a focus on deterrence and warfighting options as well as other issues such as, great power competition, organizational structures, and doctrines necessary for effective space forces.

Academic and professional titles: Stone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, with a dual concentration in American and Russian History; his master’s degrees include a M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University; Masters of Military Operational Arts and Science from Air Command and Staff College; and a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University. He is a former Professor of Space Strategy at Missouri State University’s Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies in Fairfax, VA. He is the author of two books on space deterrence and has published in Comparative Strategy: An International Journal; The Space Review, Space News Magazine, and has written for the National Institute for Public Policy and American Foreign Policy Council.

Chris Brunner

Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies

Chris Brunner is Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies at the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies.

Background: Chris “Jekyll” Brunner is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force and a Master Navigator with over 3,500 total flying hours. Prior to joining Mitchell, he served in numerous flying, Headquarters Global Strike Command, Headquarters Air Force, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff positions. He has extensive experience in developing Air Force and Joint strategy, requirements, and budgets.

 

Chris Brunner is Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies at the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies where he focuses on strategic communication and key aerospace leader engagement by providing research discussions on defense policy and tactical employment of airpower.

Background: Chris “Jekyll” Brunner is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force and a Master Navigator with over 3,500 total flying hours, flown primarily as a Weapons Systems Officer in the B-1. Prior to joining Mitchell, Chris was the Lead Customer Integrator, HQ U.S. Air Force and HQ Air Force Global Strike Command for Pratt & Whitney in Washington, DC.  His focus was on US Air Force engine programs as well as advanced propulsion systems in development.  Prior to that, Chris served in numerous flying, Headquarters Global Strike Command, Headquarters Air Force, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff positions.  He is also a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapon School and served as a Weapons School instructor from 1999 to 2002.  He has flown the B-1 in combat and commanded the B-1 operational test and evaluation squadron.

Areas of Focus:  Chris is a recognized expert on Long-Range Strike, Electronic Warfare, and advanced propulsion system capabilities. He has extensive experience in developing Air Force and Joint strategy, requirements, and budgets.

Academic and Professional Titles:  Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington State University, a Masters of Military Arts and Science from American Military University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies, Grand Strategy Program from the U.S. Air Force Air War College.  He has also studied U.S. foreign policy at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in National and International Security program.

Kamilla Gunzinger

Senior Program Director

Kamilla Gunzinger is the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies’ Senior Program Director.

Background: In addition to coordinating the Institute’s several research and writing projects, Ms. Gunzinger also manages multiple speaker series, public engagement efforts, and outreach programs.

Kamilla Gunzinger is the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies’ Senior Program Director.

Background: In addition to coordinating the Institute’s several research and writing projects, Ms. Gunzinger also manages multiple speaker series, public engagement efforts, and outreach programs. Before starting at Mitchell, she was the Publications Manager at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) from 2013–2020 where she edited and published several Congressionally mandated studies on U.S. Air Force and Navy force structure, in addition to other monographs for the Office of Net Assessment and DARPA, as well as for public release. She has experience designing and planning workshops, wargames, and tabletop exercises and helped coordinate the first three annual Directed Energy Summits in Washington, DC. She also worked for Scholastic Asia in Beijing from 2008–2010.

Areas of focus: East Asian geopolitics and security, U.S. military partnerships with Japan and the Republic of Korea, Chinese military culture, informationized warfare.

Academic and professional titles: Ms. Gunzinger received a BA in Global Studies from the College of William and Mary and an MA in International Studies from Concordia University, Irvine. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and she also completed a year-long language program at Keio University in Tokyo.

John Baum

Senior Fellow

John Baum is a senior resident fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies where he focuses on strategic communication and key aerospace leader engagement by providing research discussions on defense policy and tactical employment of aerospace power.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Mr. Baum worked as a defense contractor providing strategic planning, aircraft acquisitions and air power employment to support the Department of Defense. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF, serving as an F-16 Weapons School Instructor, F-35 Tactics Development Team Lead, USAF Thunderbird Demonstration Pilot, SECAF Strategic Communications Fellow and HAF Air Dominance Requirements Officer.

John Baum is a senior resident fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies where he focuses on strategic communication and key aerospace leader engagement by providing research discussions on defense policy and tactical employment of aerospace power.

Background: Prior to joining Mitchell, Mr. Baum worked as a defense contractor providing strategic planning, aircraft acquisitions and air power employment to support the Department of Defense. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF, serving as an F-16 Weapons School Instructor, F-35 Tactics Development Team Lead, USAF Thunderbird Demonstration Pilot, SECAF Strategic Communications Fellow and HAF Air Dominance Requirements Officer. John has over 2,300 hours in the F-16 and served in OPERATION JOINT FORGE, OPERATION JOINT GUARD, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE.

Areas of focus: He’s a recognized expert of/established voice on tactical and operational employment of air and space power, integration of weapons systems across the USAF and USSF domains and strategic development of future concepts, aerospace vehicles and weapons.

Academic and professional titles: Baum received BS and MS degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, majoring in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation; and earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications from George Mason University. He also chaired the Aerospace Science Department as a full professor at Wilkes University. John maintains his FAA ATP/CFII ratings flying vintage warbirds and aerobatic aircraft.

Ana Maria Waldo

Operations Coordinator

Ana Maria Waldo is the Operations Coordinator with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background:  Ana Maria graduated from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in 2017. She coordinates public engagement and manages the Institute’s events with senior leaders.

Ana Maria Waldo is the Operations Coordinator with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background:  Ana Maria graduated from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley in 2017. She coordinates public engagement and manages the Institute’s events with senior leaders.

Shane Thin

Digital Media Content Assistant

Shane Thin is the Digital Media Content Assistant for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. In addition to helping with the production of all audio and video media projects, Shane also maintains the Institute’s digital identity, and drafts press releases.

Background: Shane graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2020. He is well-versed with various industry standard software for video and audio editing, as well as digital music composition and graphic design. In his spare time, he pursues an interest in filmmaking.

Shane Thin is the Digital Media Content Assistant for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. In addition to helping with the production of all audio and video media projects, Shane also maintains the Institute’s digital identity, and drafts press releases.

Background: Shane graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2020. He is well-versed with various industry standard software for video and audio editing, as well as digital music composition and graphic design. In his spare time, he pursues an interest in filmmaking.

Sam Goldfarb

Aerospace Power Studies Intern

Sam Goldfarb is an Aerospace Power Studies Intern at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. He supports Mitchell research in addition to assisting with programs and administrative tasks.

Background: Sam is a student at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is pursuing a degree in international politics. A lifelong airpower enthusiast, he was a Civil Air Patrol cadet for five years, during which he soloed in powered and unpowered aircraft. He speaks Spanish and is currently studying Russian.

Sam Goldfarb is an Aerospace Power Studies Intern at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. He supports Mitchell research in addition to assisting with programs and administrative tasks.

Background: Sam is a student at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is pursuing a degree in international politics. A lifelong airpower enthusiast, he was a Civil Air Patrol cadet for five years, during which he soloed in powered and unpowered aircraft. He speaks Spanish and is currently studying Russian.

Areas of focus: Sam’s studies focus on national security, peer competition, and military strategy. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career where he can engage with defense issues—in government service, the industry, or policy research.

Since 1958, the Air Force has carefully chosen a small number of officers to serve tours at distinguished civilian academic institutions, inter-governmental agencies, and think tanks. Through these programs, the Mitchell Institute invests in the future by supporting the development and education of future Air Force leaders.

The Senior Development Education (SDE) program is directed at the strategic level of development, usually for O-5/O-6/GS-15 or equivalent grades, and designed to develop leadership and broaden perspectives.

The Strategic Policy Fellowship program seeks to provide Air Force officers with demonstrated potential for future leadership with insight into inter-governmental agency and civilian defense policy community thinking, broader overall perspectives, and sharper executive skills.

Lt Col Sarah Brehm

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Lt Col Sarah Brehm is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2022-2023.

Background: Lt Col Brehm commissioned into the Air Force upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 2004. After pilot training she flew distinguished visitor transportation missions in the C-21A based out of Andrews AFB.  She then served in U-28A flying squadrons at Hurlburt Field and Cannon AFB as part of Air Force Special Operations Command.  From there, Lt Col Brehm attended the Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB.  Next, she served as the commander of the 34th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field.  She has more than 4,000 flight hours including over 1,800 hours of combat time.

 

Lt Col Sarah Brehm is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2022-2023.

Background: Lt Col Brehm commissioned into the Air Force upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 2004. After pilot training she flew distinguished visitor transportation missions in the C-21A based out of Andrews AFB.  She then served in U-28A flying squadrons at Hurlburt Field and Cannon AFB as part of Air Force Special Operations Command.  From there, Lt Col Brehm attended the Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB.  Next, she served as the commander of the 34th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field.  She has more than 4,000 flight hours including over 1,800 hours of combat time.

Academic and Professional Titles: Lt Col Brehm received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Foreign Area Studies from the United States Air Force Academy.  She holds a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University, a Master of Arts Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College at Air University, and a Master of Philosophy Degree in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University.

Lt Col Michael Kingry

Air Force Senior Fellow

Lt Col Michael Kingry is the Commander, 56th Rescue Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. He commands European Command’s only rotary-wing Combat Search and Rescue unit, consisting of 56 personnel across 5 AFSCs and 5 helicopters.

Background: Lieutenant Colonel Kingry received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in June 2004. His service includes operational assignments as an instructor pilot flying the HH-60G in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces and United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

Lt Col Michael Kingry is the Commander, 56th Rescue Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. He commands European Command’s only rotary-wing Combat Search and Rescue unit, consisting of 56 personnel across 5 AFSCs and 5 helicopters.

Background: Lieutenant Colonel Kingry received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in June 2004. His service includes operational assignments as an instructor pilot flying the HH-60G in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces and United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. He also served as an instructor pilot at the United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and completed the Air Force Legislative Fellowship on Capitol Hill prior to his service as Director of Operations for the 56th Rescue Squadron. He is a command pilot with over 2,300 total hours and 660 combat hours. He has accomplished combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.

The Mitchell Institute’s non-resident fellows provide subject matter expertise that spans the aerospace dialogue ranging from authoring our studies and contributing to publications, to providing their expertise and perspectives in interviews, op-eds, and at key events and forums.

Daniel Clayton Rice

Former Mitchell Institute Analyst

Daniel has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from the Hopkins Nanjing Center, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His areas of focus are Intelligence, China, Great Power competition, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency, the Middle East, and Geopolitics. Daniel is a former Mitchell Institute Analyst.

 

Daniel graduated from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2019 after spending years working and studying in China. He is a regular volunteer contributor to the Geopolitical Risk analysis firm Foreign Brief where he publishes weekly geopolitical briefs on underreported events. His areas of study at SAIS were Strategic Studies, Intelligence, China, and the Middle East. Prior to his studies he was engaged in entrepreneurial ventures in education with a focus on recruiting international students from China. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker and speaks some Spanish and Arabic.

Gen John P. Jumper, USAF (Ret.)

Former Chief of Staff, US Air Force

joined the private sector in November 2005 following a 39-year Air Force career, culminating in his selection to serve as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.

joined the private sector in November 2005 following a 39-year Air Force career, culminating in his selection to serve as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. As the Air Force’s senior military officer he was also a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, providing military advice directly to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. Prior to his position as Chief of Staff, General Jumper served as a wartime commander during conflicts in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo, including command of Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Joint Task Force Southwest Asia. He also served as Senior Military Assistant to two U.S. Secretaries of Defense, Dick Cheney and Les Aspin.

Robert Winkler

Vice President , Corporate Development and National Security Programs, Kratos Defense

Robert “Otis” Winkler served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2018 until 2022 and was the Staff-lead for Air Land Subcommittee, responsible for legislative oversight of all Air Force and Army programs. Additionally he was responsible for oversight of all space activities including U.S. Space Force and Space Command, all manned and unmanned aviation in DoD, electro-magnetic spectrum operations, warfighting networks, and hypersonic/counter-hypersonic weapons development for the Department of Defense.

Robert “Otis” Winkler served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2018 until 2022 and was the Staff-lead for Air Land Subcommittee, responsible for legislative oversight of all Air Force and Army programs. Additionally he was responsible for oversight of all space activities including U.S. Space Force and Space Command, all manned and unmanned aviation in DoD, electro-magnetic spectrum operations, warfighting networks, and hypersonic/counter-hypersonic weapons development for the Department of Defense.
In previous roles, Otis served in the U.S. Air Force, as an F-16 Weapons School Graduate with assignments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He commanded an F-16 Fighter Squadron and an Operations Group comprised of fighter & air control squadrons. His staff assignments included the Director of the Weapons Systems Division for the U.S. Air Force Legislative Liaison Office and the Special Assistant to the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Additionally, he served in industry as a Senior Principal for Strategy and Advanced Technology at Harris Corporation.
Mr. Winkler holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in National Security Policy from American Public University, an M.S. in Strategy and Joint Campaign Planning from National Defense University, and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
He currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Development and National Security Programs for Kratos Defense.

Colonel Scott Brodeur, USSF

Director, National Space Defense Center and Joint Task Force Space Defense Operations Officer

Is a Mitchell Institute non-resident senior fellow actively serving in the United States Space Force. Col Brodeur is a space command and control expert and he is the only officer to command the Joint Space Operations Center, Combined Space Operations Center, and National Space Defense Center.

Is a Mitchell Institute non-resident senior fellow actively serving in the United States Space Force. Col Brodeur is a space command and control expert and he is the only officer to command the Joint Space Operations Center, Combined Space Operations Center, and National Space Defense Center. He served in a variety of operational assignments in space electronic warfare, space battle management, space command and control, and deployed numerous times in support of contingency operations worldwide. He commanded the 4th Space Control Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron (Afghanistan), and 614th Air Operations Center.

Col Brodeur is a USAF Weapons School graduate and instructor and holds Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University, Air Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and US Army War College.

He established Trifecta Space Solutions to focus on executive-level space consulting, commercial space integration and coalition/allied space operations center interoperability.

Tomás Esterrich, US Army (Ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel

has over 55 years leading and managing organizations, including 20 years in the U.S. Army as Armor Officer, Finance Officer, Comptroller and Foreign Area Officer (Latin America and Spain), and over 35 years as Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in private and not-for-profit organizations at national and international levels. He served our country with distinction, fulfilling a variety of prominent military roles all over the world.

has over 55 years leading and managing organizations, including 20 years in the U.S. Army as Armor Officer, Finance Officer, Comptroller and Foreign Area Officer (Latin America and Spain), and over 35 years as Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in private and not-for-profit organizations at national and international levels. He served our country with distinction, fulfilling a variety of prominent military roles all over the world.

Gen Charles Wald, USAF (Ret.)

Former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command

serves as Vice Chairman, Federal Practice Senior Advisor, Deloitte Services, LP. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Wald is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, and international energy security policy.

serves as Vice Chairman, Federal Practice Senior Advisor, Deloitte Services, LP. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Wald is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, and international energy security policy.

Gen Ronald Keys, USAF (Ret.)

Former Commander, Air Combat Command

retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years and command of eight different organizations including operational, staff, and international units. General Keys was an instructor and later Commandant of the USAF Weapons School. He also led the team that stood up the Air Force’s first Doctrine Center and was its first Commander.

retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years and command of eight different organizations including operational, staff, and international units. General Keys was an instructor and later Commandant of the USAF Weapons School. He also led the team that stood up the Air Force’s first Doctrine Center and was its first Commander.

Lt Gen Richard Newton, USAF (Ret.)

Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force

retired as the United States Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of staff. Previously serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, responsible for the comprehensive plans and polices for nearly 670,000 military and civilian Air Force members.

retired as the United States Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of staff. Previously serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, responsible for the comprehensive plans and polices for nearly 670,000 military and civilian Air Force members. A command pilot with nearly 3000 flying hours, Newton commanded Minot Air force base and the 5thBomb win in North Dakota and the nationals first B-2 Stealth bomber squadron at Whiteman Air force base. His aircraft experience includes the B-2, B-1B, B-52, and the T-38. 

Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF (Ret.)

Former Commander, 8th Air Force, U.S. Strategic Command

is currently a member of the George Mason University where he is a research professor with the VolgenauSchool of Engineering. Elder began his work at George Mason University following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component.

 is currently a member of the George Mason University where he is a research professor with the VolgenauSchool of Engineering. Elder began his work at George Mason University following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component.  He currently conducts research in the areas of command and control, deterrence, escalation control involving international competition short of armed conflict, crisis management, and international actor decision-making.  General Elder served as the 

Col Herbert C. Kemp, USAF (Ret.)

Formed Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters AF

served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1973-2001, retiring in the rank of colonel. In his last assignment, he served as the Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters USAF, from 1997 to 2001. He led an Air Staff organization providing the functional and programmatic management…

served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1973-2001, retiring in the rank of colonel. In his last assignment, he served as the Deputy Director for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters USAF, from 1997 to 2001. He led an Air Staff organization providing the functional and programmatic management of operational Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance programs worldwide. Key accomplishments during this period included major sensor upgrades to the U-2 fleet, new jet engines for the RC-135 Rivet Joint fleet, transitioning the Predator UAV to the operational force, instantiation of the Distributed Common Ground System as a worldwide network centric system, and the modernization and sustainment of an array of technical sensors such as Cobra Dane, Cobra Judy, Cobra Ball plus various space systems.

Maj Gen Curtis Bedke, USAF (Ret.)

Author/Speaker, Former Director, AF Research Labs

provides insights as a defense aerospace and federal science and technology consultant for both government and commercial organizations. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 with 32 years of experience in defense weapon systems science and technology, program acquisition, experimental flight test…

provides insights as a defense aerospace and federal science and technology consultant for both government and commercial organizations. He retired from the Air Force in 2010 with 32 years of experience in defense weapon systems science and technology, program acquisition, experimental flight test, operations, and command and control. From 2007 until his retirement, Gen Bedke was the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, responsible for the Air Force’s $2.2 billion S&T program.

Lt Col Michael A Buck, USAF (Ret.)

Boeing 777 Flight Instructor, Former F-15 and F-16 Squadron Commander

is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours, retiring from the USAF as an F-15C squadron commander in April 2011.  He is also an experienced F-16 Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot with a total of 2,700 flight hours in that aircraft, including 250 combat flight hours over Iraq during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH…

 is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flight hours, retiring from the USAF as an F-15C squadron commander in April 2011.  He is also an experienced F-16 Flight Lead and Instructor Pilot with a total of 2,700 flight hours in that aircraft, including 250 combat flight hours over Iraq during Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.  He performed the Air Sovereignty Alert mission in both the F-16 and F-15 in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE at various locations across the U.S., and he served as the Air Sovereignty Alert Officer (Current Operations Directorate) on the staff of the Air National Guard Bureau.  During his two assignments in Air Training Command Lt Col Buck flew 1,700 flight hours as a T-38 Instructor Pilot.  

Col Gabriel Vann Green, USAF (Ret.)

Author, Former F-15E Pilot

is a Mitchell Institute senior fellow. He was both an F-15E evaluator and USAF Weapons School Instructor Pilot and has over 2500 hours of fighter experience. He has participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, NORTHERN WATCH…

 is a Mitchell Institute senior fellow. He was both an F-15E evaluator and USAF Weapons School Instructor Pilot and has over 2500 hours of fighter experience. He has participated in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, and ENDURING FREEDOM. His education includes a National Defense Fellowship at The Atlantic Council of the United States; a Master of Aerospace Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies; Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University; Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle; and Bachelor of Arts, Mississippi State. 

Robert Haddick, USMC (Ret.)

Author/Speaker

is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. Haddick supports the Institute’s mission to develop the roles of air, space, and cyber capabilities and explore their contributions to national security strategies. Haddick has lectured widely across the U.S. government on strategy, the strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific region, and special operations.

Robert Haddick, USMC (Ret.) is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. Haddick supports the Institute’s mission to develop the roles of air, space, and cyber capabilities and explore their contributions to national security strategies. Haddick has lectured widely across the U.S. government on strategy, the strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific region, and special operations.

Haddick is the author of Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific. The U.S. Naval Institute Press will publish the second edition of Fire on the Water in the spring of 2022. The first edition of Fire on the Water, published in 2014, warned readers about the rapid rise of China’s military power and described how U.S. policymakers and military planners were failing to prepare for the deteriorating security situation in the Indo-Pacific region. The first edition was translated into Mandarin and Korean and was widely sold across North America, Europe, and the Indo-Pacific region.

The fully revised second edition of Fire on the Water updates China’s military modernization through 2021 and forecasts China’s military capabilities into the 2030s. The second edition examines the shortfalls in the U.S response to China’s military expansion over the past decade. Applying the principles of strategy, the new edition describes a detailed approach for maintaining conventional deterrence in the Indo-Pacific over the long term, recommending a strategy that applies U.S. and allied aerospace advantages against China’s vulnerabilities in an affordable and sustainable manner.

Haddick’s work for the Mitchell Institute includes reports on long-range standoff nuclear deterrence; defense reform proposals co-written with a former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe; nuclear command, control, and communications; and an airpower history project conducted for the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment.

Haddick served as a contractor at U.S. Special Operations Command. His work there included authoring peer-reviewed monographs for Joint Special Operations University Press on future roles for special operations forces in the Indo-Pacific great power competition; sustaining special operations unconventional warfare campaigns in denied areas; and how special operations forces can contribute to comprehensive deterrence strategies.

Haddick’s service as a U.S. Marine Corps officer included security force assistance activities in East Asia, the Indian Ocean region, and Africa. His duties also included nuclear command and control under the Personnel Reliability Program.

Lt Col Michelle Ruehl

Professor, US Air Force Academy

is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She flew over 800 combat hours in Operation Enduring Freedom, providing real-time airborne targeting data to air and ground forces during Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force missions. She also served as a NATO/ISAF ISR aviation liaison…

 is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She flew over 800 combat hours in Operation Enduring Freedom, providing real-time airborne targeting data to air and ground forces during Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force missions. She also served as a NATO/ISAF ISR aviation liaison in Kabul and worked extensively with local Afghan citizens to prepare them for national voting procedures. Michelle travels the country, giving speeches on international relations and cultural intelligence. She flew the C-130E/H, MC-12W, and T-53. Now assigned to the US Air Force Academy, she serves as a professor and as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate. 

Kevin Billings

Founder and CEO, Legation Strategies

is founder and CEO of Legation Strategies. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics where his responsibilities included the world-wide management and direction…

 is founder and CEO of Legation Strategies. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics where his responsibilities included the world-wide management and direction of the Air Force’s $38 billion installations, logistics, environment, and energy programs. His experience has been multi-dimensional in terms of strategic management, international and domestic business operations, transformation and change management. 

Dr Matt Hurley, USAF (Ret.)

Author

is a Senior Fellow with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, which is based in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, he serves as a docent at the National Museum of the US Air Force. A retired US Air Force colonel and career intelligence officer, Dr. Hurley completed military assignments…

is a Senior Fellow with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, which is based in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, he serves as a docent at the National Museum of the US Air Force. A retired US Air Force colonel and career intelligence officer, Dr. Hurley completed military assignments with Air Mobility Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Air Forces Europe, NATO Allied Air Forces Northern Europe, the Air Force District of Washington, US Forces Korea, Air University, and the Air Staff.

John Lehman

Former Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

served as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee from January 2015 to November 2018.  Mr. Lehman’s portfolio included Air Force and Naval Aviation programs and policies.  Prior to the SASC, Mr. Lehman worked as an investment banker in the Aerospace and Defense group at Evercore, where he advised clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategy.

served as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee from January 2015 to November 2018.  Mr. Lehman’s portfolio included Air Force and Naval Aviation programs and policies.  Prior to the SASC, Mr. Lehman worked as an investment banker in the Aerospace and Defense group at Evercore, where he advised clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate strategy.

Bruce Johnson

Former Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee

is a member of the Professional Staff on the House Committee on Armed Services. During the 114th Congress, he assumed responsibility for oversight of the following program accounts:  Air Force airlift (C-5, C-17, C-130 series); air refueling (KC-10, KC-46A, and KC-135); bombers…

 is a member of the Professional Staff on the House Committee on Armed Services. During the 114th Congress, he assumed responsibility for oversight of the following program accounts:  Air Force airlift (C-5, C-17, C-130 series); air refueling (KC-10, KC-46A, and KC-135); bombers (B-1, B-2, and B-52); VC-25A and VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR); Operational Support Airlift (OSA) and Executive Airlift (EA). Additionally, Bruce is responsible for Navy special mission aircraft to include (EP-3, P-3 series, E-2 series, P-8A, KC-130J, C-130 series, and C-2); and shipborne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Michael C. Sirak

Author and Editor

is a Washington, DC-based writer. Before becoming a freelance author and editor in July 2015, he spent 17 years with leading defense publications including Air Force Magazine, the journal of the Air Force Association in Arlington, VA. In his seven years with Air Force Magazine…

 is a Washington, DC-based writer. Before becoming a freelance author and editor in July 2015, he spent 17 years with leading defense publications including Air Force Magazine, the journal of the Air Force Association in Arlington, VA. In his seven years with Air Force Magazine, he penned numerous articles on USAF operations, planning, policy, and technology. He also ran the publication’s website and online news column. Before that, he covered US defense aerospace, missile defense, and law-of-war topics for London-based Jane’s DefenceWeekly. 

Bruce Lemkin

Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs

is an internationally respected expert and transformational leader in the fields of aerospace, defense, government relations, and energy. After serving seven years as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), he retired from government service in June 2010 to found the international consulting firm, LEMKIN International, LLC.

 is an internationally respected expert and transformational leader in the fields of aerospace, defense, government relations, and energy. After serving seven years as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), he retired from government service in June 2010 to found the international consulting firm, LEMKIN International, LLC.

James Swartout

Executive, MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector

is an executive at the MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector where he serves as the Director of Integration and Plans. Before coming to MITRE, Swartout served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Air Force and was a member of the Senior Executive Service.

 is an executive at the MITRE Corporation’s National Security Sector where he serves as the Director of Integration and Plans. Before coming to MITRE, Swartout served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Air Force and was a member of the Senior Executive Service. In the Air Force he also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Under Secretary of the Air Force. In 2015, Swartout was the Spokesperson and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense during Ash Carter’s Senate confirmation and transition back to the Pentagon. 

Lt Col Joshua Holaday

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Lt Col Josh “Doc” Holaday is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Lt Col Holaday commissioned into the Air Force from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Virginia in 2003. After pilot training he served in operational C-17 squadrons at Charleston and Dover, and graduated from the US Air Force Weapons School in 2011.

Lt Col Josh “Doc” Holaday is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Lt Col Holaday commissioned into the Air Force from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Virginia in 2003. After pilot training he served in operational C-17 squadrons at Charleston and Dover, and graduated from the US Air Force Weapons School in 2011. From there, Doc served on the Air Mobility Command staff before attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB. Next he served in the J5 at the Indo-Pacific Command in the Southeast Asia Contingency Plans branch. Finally, he served as the 15th Wing’s Chief of Safety before taking command of the 535th Airlift Squadron in 2019. Doc has more than 3,000 hours in the C-17A, including 1,250 hours of combat time.

Academic and Professional Titles: Doc received his Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and has a Master of Philosophy Degree in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University.

Lt Col Ryan “Ralphie” Ellis

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Lt Col Ryan “Ralphie” Ellis is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Ralphie received his commission in 2003 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 060 while attending Harvey Mudd College. After receiving his Navigator rating in the fall of 2004, he qualified as a mission crew commander on the EC-130H COMPASS CALL at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Lt Col Ryan “Ralphie” Ellis is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Ralphie received his commission in 2003 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 060 while attending Harvey Mudd College.  After receiving his Navigator rating in the fall of 2004, he qualified as a mission crew commander on the EC-130H COMPASS CALL at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  Lt Col Ellis went on to graduate and instruct at the US Air Force Weapons School, teaching advanced warfighting techniques and operational concepts.  From there he was selected to attend Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB and then moved to the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.  Following his studies, Ralphie served on the Headquarters Air Force staff in A3K, also known as Checkmate, focusing on strategy and operations in the Indo-Pacific region.  More recently, Ralphie served as the EC-130H formal training unit director of operations, as well the 41 Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron commander in Afghanistan.  Finally, Lt Col Ellis took command of the 755 Operations Support Squadron in the summer of 2019.  He has over 1,800 hours in the EC-130H, including 1,000 hours of combat time.

Academic and Professional Titles:  Ralphie received his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.  He holds master’s degrees in American Military History from American Military University, Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, and Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College.

Maj Broderick Morris

Air Force Intermediate Developmental Education Fellow

Maj Broderick Morris is an Air Force Intermediate Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Mitchell Institute for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Maj Morris commissioned into the Air Force from the United States Air Force Academy in 2010. As a Logistics Readiness Officer, he has held various leadership roles within Logistics Readiness and Aerial Port Squadrons and spent two years in a broadening assignment with the Defense Logistics Agency.

Maj Broderick Morris is an Air Force Intermediate Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Mitchell Institute for academic year 2021-2022.

Background: Maj Morris commissioned into the Air Force from the United States Air Force Academy in 2010. As a Logistics Readiness Officer, he has held various leadership roles within Logistics Readiness and Aerial Port Squadrons and spent two years in a broadening assignment with the Defense Logistics Agency. Prior to this current fellowship, Maj Morris was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, where he planned, coordinated and executed events in direct support of COMUSAFE-AFAFRICA. Maj Morris is a distinguished graduate of the Logistics Readiness Officer Basic Course, Air and Space Basic Course, and Squadron Officer School.

Maj Christopher Olsen

Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow

Maj Christopher Olsen is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow assigned to the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Major Olsen commissioned through ROTC in 2008. His first assignment was to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed technical intelligence analysis on space systems.

Maj Christopher Olsen is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow assigned to the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Background: Major Olsen commissioned through ROTC in 2008. His first assignment was to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed technical intelligence analysis on space systems. In 2011 he began duty at the National Security Agency (NSA) while assigned to the 34thIntelligence Squadron, Ft Meade, Maryland. There, he was dual-hatted as both a flight commander and chief of the Nuclear Communications Solutions branch. His last year at Ft Meade was spent on staff at the 707th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group as chief of plans and programs. During his time at Ft Meade, he spent six months deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, serving as the detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the 777th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineering Expeditionary Force (Prime BEEF) squadron. He began studies for a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio in 2015 with a focus on optimization and optimal control theory. Upon graduation in 2018, he was assigned to the Aerospace Systems Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. While at AFRL, Maj Olsen split time between leadership positions and developing autonomy behaviors and system requirements for what would eventually become the Air Force’s Skyborg Vanguard program. In 2019 he was selected to serve as the executive officer to the AFRL commander, before starting his fellowship at the Mitchell Institute in 2020.

Areas of Focus: Autonomy, Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T), optimization/optimal control, science and technology program management, and technical intelligence analysis.

Academic and professional titles: Major Olsen has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University (2008), a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (2014), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (2018).

Maj Alex M. Wallis

Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow

Maj Alex M. Wallis is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow with The Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, Arlington Virginia.

Background: During his career he has held a variety of leadership positions including Chief of Air Battle Management Assignments, Chief of Multi-domain Operations Officer Assignments…

Maj Alex M. Wallis is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow with The Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, Arlington Virginia.

Background: During his career he has held a variety of leadership positions including Chief of Air Battle Management Assignments, Chief of Multi-domain Operations Officer Assignments, Flight Command, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Mission Planning Cell Chief, Chief of Electronic Support Team, Deputy Chief of Tactics, Chief of Electronic Combat and Electronic Combat Evaluator and Instructor. Prior to his current assignment he was the Chief of Air Battle Manager and Multi-domain Officer Assignments. In this capacity, he managed a portfolio of 1270 Air Battle Managers across three C2 Weapon Systems and 75 13O officers in Air Operation Centers across the CAF. As a Senior Air Battle Manager, his operational flying experience includes missions supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf and Operation Odyssey Resolve. His deployed efforts helped support the International Security Assistance Force, Gulf State Security Council and PACAF.

Academic and professional titles: Major Wallis received his commission through ROTC at the University of Tennessee. He has over 900 combat hours in the E-3B/C.

Lt Col Mark Kimball

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Lt Col Mark Kimball is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Lt Col Kimball earned his commission in 2002 from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Maryland.

Lt Col Mark Kimball is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Lt Col Kimball earned his commission in 2002 from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Maryland. His U.S. Air Force career has included multiple assignments as a bomber pilot in the B-1B. He graduated from the USAF Weapons School in 2010, has flown more than 2,500 hours, including more than 1,200 in combat, and served as an instructor in each of the three active-duty B-1 combat squadrons as well as at the B-1 formal training unit. Prior to his fellowship, he completed a four-year assignment at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, where he deployed to the Andersen AFB supporting Pacific Air Forces’ continuous bomber presence in Indo-Pacific as the director of operations of the 37th Bomb Squadron. He took command of the squadron after returning from that deployment, and later served as a deputy commander of the 28th Operations Group. Lt Col Kimball attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI for his intermediate-level professional military education. While attending CNCS, he was selected for the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, a CNO-directed thirteen-month advanced studies group focusing on operational and theater-strategic planning, decision making, and leadership considerations for component and joint force commanders.

Academic and professional titles: Lt Col Kimball has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts from Air University in Military and Operational Science, and a Master of Arts from the Naval War College in Defense and Strategic Studies.

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau

Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Bigfoot is a risk-taking leader and strategist with 26 years of combined experience in combat, strategy, disruptive innovation, design thinking, organizational development, consulting, and coaching.

Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau is an Air Force Senior Developmental Education Fellow assigned to Project Everest for Academic Year 2020–2021.

Background: Bigfoot is a risk-taking leader and strategist with 26 years of combined experience in combat, strategy, disruptive innovation, design thinking, organizational development, consulting, and coaching. He’s led and commanded military organizations at the senior manager and the vice president level. Bigfoot has earned a reputation for challenging the status quo and quickly transforming organizational culture. His organizations give strong voices to mavericks and have a reputation for leading ridiculously, thinking radically, and designing with perspicacity. In turn, his teams have a history of illuminating solutions to long-standing institutional problems with entrenched positions. Bigfoot has grown and matured a matrixed network of young leaders and disruptive thinkers capable of leading and ensuring competitive advantage long into the future. He is a founding member of Project Everest, a strategy design and facilitation team that specializes in infusing creativity into dull strategy development methods and using design-inspired facilitation to help teams unlock their creative potential. He has helped teams from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Space Command, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Mitchell Institute. Bigfoot is the founder of The Bigfoot Experience: Living and Leading, by Design. Inspired by human centered design and motivated through his experiences in leading in combat, authentic leadership development, disruptive innovation, and organization development, the Bigfoot Experience guides large organizations through periods of change and helps discover novel solutions to vexing problems. Through the experience, C-Suite leaders and young high potential leaders are coached to live and lead authentic lives and navigate life’s transitions.

Areas of Focus: Bigfoot’s mission is three-fold: first, to lead and think far ahead of a rapidly changing world. Second, to guide organizations and teams through periods of change, have tough conversations, and assist executive leaders to live and lead their most authentic lives. Lastly, to develop young curious minds capable of solving difficult national problems through a kaleidoscope of ideas and experiences. Bigfoot has helped author and communicate strategy at the highest levels of the U.S. government. He was a part of the team that authored the Pacific Air Force Strategy in 2014. In June of 2021, he will serve as the Senior Air Force Strategist in the Under Secretary of Defense’s Policy and Force Development Office where he will help draft the U.S. National Defense Strategy.

Academic and Professional titles: Bigfoot has a certificate in Management Excellence from Harvard Business School, certificate in Organizational Consulting & Change Leadership from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership (July 2021) as well as master’s degrees in counseling and military strategy. He also serves as an adjunct instructor teaching command leadership and airpower history for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

Major Tyler Marcotte

Mobility Pilot 2018 – Fall

Major Tyler Marcotte serves as Chief, Wing Executive Officer and C-40C Evaluator Pilot, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. As the executive advisor to the Wing Commander, Maj Marcotte disseminates policy decisions and taskings to four groups, twenty squadrons, and 2,900 personnel.

Major Tyler Marcotte serves as Chief, Wing Executive Officer and C-40C Evaluator Pilot, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. As the executive advisor to the Wing Commander, Maj Marcotte disseminates policy decisions and taskings to four groups, twenty squadrons, and 2,900 personnel. Additionally, he coordinates and manages all wing and higher headquarters correspondence, taskers, awards and decorations, and management issues regarding all wing personnel. Finally, he operates and commands executive airlift missions for senior military leaders, executive branch personnel, and Congressional members.

Background: Major Marcotte earned his commission through the United States Air Force Academy in May, 2006. Following graduation from pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas, Maj Marcotte remained at Laughlin as a T1A First Assignment Instructor Pilot. Maj Marcotte then served as a C5M Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in the 9th Airlift Squadron at Dover AFB, Delaware. During this assignment, he was a Flight Commander and the Wing C5M Training Manager. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Assistant Operations Officer for the 54th Airlift Squadron, Scott AFB, Illinois.

Lt Col Kevin Eley

Mobility Pilot 2018 – Spring

Lt Col Kevin Eley is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow within the National Capital Region serving in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Prior to his selection as a Fellow, he was the Distribution Branch Chief for United States Transportation Command, Sustainment Division, where he developed, monitored, and adjusted the global logistics network to support distribution of sustainment, foreign military sales and humanitarian cargo within the defense transportation system.

Background: Lt Col Eley’s operational assignments include Assistant Director of Operations and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Director of the Commander’s Action Group, 19th Air Wing, and evaluator pilot for the 34th Combat Training Squadron specializing in air mobility operations for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Green Flag exercises. Lieutenant Colonel Eley has deployed seven times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and the Joint Interagency Task Force South. He served as the Aide-de-Camp to the 18th Air Force Commander, a Presidential Advanced agent, and held executive officer positions at the group and squadron level.

Lt Col Kevin Eley is an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow within the National Capital Region serving in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Prior to his selection as a Fellow, he was the Distribution Branch Chief for United States Transportation Command, Sustainment Division, where he developed, monitored, and adjusted the global logistics network to support distribution of sustainment, foreign military sales and humanitarian cargo within the defense transportation system.

Background: Lt Col Eley’s operational assignments include Assistant Director of Operations and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Director of the Commander’s Action Group, 19th Air Wing, and evaluator pilot for the 34th Combat Training Squadron specializing in air mobility operations for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Green Flag exercises. Lieutenant Colonel Eley has deployed seven times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and the Joint Interagency Task Force South. He served as the Aide-de-Camp to the 18th Air Force Commander, a Presidential Advanced agent, and held executive officer positions at the group and squadron level. Lieutenant Colonel Eley is a distinguished graduate of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in Business Information Technology. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and earned his pilot wings at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.

Major John Duray

U-28/MQ-9 Pilot 2017 – Fall

Major John Duray is an MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. He commands an MQ-9 Reaper crew in direct combat support of our nation’s elite Special Operations Forces.

Background: Major Duray graduated from Duke University in 2006 where he commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He went on to serve as a U28 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander for the 319th Special Operations Squadron.

Major John Duray is an MQ-9 Evaluator Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. He commands an MQ-9 Reaper crew in direct combat support of our nation’s elite Special Operations Forces. Additionally, he is entrusted to evaluate aircrew members’ ability to execute Joint Force Air Component Commander priority missions requiring persistent armed reconnaissance. As an Assistant Director of Operations, Major Duray is directly responsible for the successful execution of combat operations for AFSOC’s largest MQ-9 squadron, overseeing seven combat lines conducting 24/7/365 operations in four separate geographic regions.

Background: Major Duray graduated from Duke University in 2006 where he commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He went on to serve as a U28 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander for the 319th Special Operations Squadron. He has led an expeditionary special operations flying squadron as director of operations and served as an executive officer at both the squadron and group levels. Prior to his current position, the major was the Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM.

Major Andrew Stolee

F-22 Pilot 2017 – Spring

Major Andrew T. Stolee is the F-22A Chief Instructor Pilot, 433rd Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He is in charge of the design and execution of the F-22A Weapons Instructor Course syllabus, producing Tactical Experts to the Combat Air Forces.

Background: Major Stolee entered the Air Force after graduating from the USAF Academy in 2004.

Major Andrew T. Stolee is the F-22A Chief Instructor Pilot, 433rd Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He is in charge of the design and execution of the F-22A Weapons Instructor Course syllabus, producing Tactical Experts to the Combat Air Forces.

Background: Major Stolee entered the Air Force after graduating from the USAF Academy in 2004. He attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin AFB, TX, and F-15C initial training at Kingsley Field, OR. Major Stolee’s operational assignments include the 60th Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB, FL, the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan, the 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron and 433rd Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV. He transitioned from the 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron Chief of Weapons and Tactics to the F-22A to serve as a USAF Weapons School Instructor.

Major Scott Korell

KC-135 Pilot 2016 – Fall

Major Scott Korell is the Chief of Command Post and KC-135R/T Instructor Pilot, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Chief of Command Post, he leads more than 30 total force command post controllers and is responsible for the command and control of over 3,000 wing personnel, and base property and capital assets totaling more than $2.8 billion.

Background: Major Korell has been an Executive Officer at the wing and group levels, and a squadron flight commander. Prior to his current assignment, he was a Wing Executive Officer and Evaluator Aircraft Commander in the C-5M Galaxy aircraft. In this capacity, he was the principal executive assistant to the Wing Commander, directly responsible for the wing’s fulfillment of all higher headquarter-directed tasks and the administrative support of 4,500 wing members. He obtained his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004 and was a top-ten graduate within his respective field of study.

Major Scott Korell is the Chief of Command Post and KC-135R/T Instructor Pilot, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Chief of Command Post, he leads more than 30 total force command post controllers and is responsible for the command and control of over 3,000 wing personnel, and base property and capital assets totaling more than $2.8 billion. The wing’s mission is to conduct rapid global mobility by providing worldwide aerial refueling support to Combatant Commanders and to provide installation support to Headquarters U.S Central Command, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, and 36 other mission partners that call MacDill home. The MacDill Command Post executes more than 3,200 aircraft missions and 3,900 flight hours in support of 2,200 aerial refueling receivers each year.

Background: Major Korell has been an Executive Officer at the wing and group levels, and a squadron flight commander. Prior to his current assignment, he was a Wing Executive Officer and Evaluator Aircraft Commander in the C-5M Galaxy aircraft. In this capacity, he was the principal executive assistant to the Wing Commander, directly responsible for the wing’s fulfillment of all higher headquarter-directed tasks and the administrative support of 4,500 wing members. He obtained his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004 and was a top-ten graduate within his respective field of study. In 2005, he completed Undergraduate Pilot training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and his operational experience includes various Air Force mission sets to include, strategic and tactical airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and aerial refueling. Additionally, in 2008 Major Korell deployed to the Air Mobility Division, 609th Combined Air Operations Center. In garrison, he was responsible for the execution of more than 7,000 C-130 intra-theater airlift sorties, transporting 151,000 passengers and 12,500 tons of cargo in support
of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Major Derek Molloy

Airfield Operator 2016 – Spring

Major Derek Molloy is the Airfield Operations Flight Commander at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, where he leads 117 air traffic controllers and airfield management operations personnel responsible for 45,000 square miles of airspace supporting 125,000 annual aircraft movements.

Background: Major Molloy graduated from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in December 2002. He was recognized as the 2006 USAF airfield operations officer of the year and was a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School in 2008.

Major Derek Molloy is the Airfield Operations Flight Commander at Tyndall Air Force Base Florida where he leads 117 air traffic controllers and airfield management operations personnel responsible for 45,000 square miles of airspace supporting 125,000 annual aircraft movements.

Background: Major Molloy graduated from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in December 2002. He was recognized as the 2006 USAF airfield operations officer of the year and was a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s
School in 2008.
Previously, Major Molloy oversaw air traffic control and airfield support at Dyess AFB and Hurlburt Field. In addition to his core airfield operations expertise, Major Molloy has also performed duties as part of the Air Combat Command Inspector General’s staff and led the Commander, Air Combat Command’s conference and speechwriting teams. Major Molloy has deployed six times since his commission, performing various duties from operating an austere airfield in support of operational detachment alpha missions in western Afghanistan to serving two tours on the NATO Air Command staff.

Major David Cochran

F-15E Pilot 2015 – Fall

Major Stephen Bonin

Nuclear & Missile Ops 2015 – Spring

Major Scott Gunn

F-35 Pilot 2014 – Spring

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