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Department of Air Power

 

Dr. S. Mike Pavelec
 
Dr. S. Mike Pavelec is a Professor of Airpower History and Chair of the Department of Airpower at the Air Command and Staff College. He has extensive teaching experience within JPME, including Naval War College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), and the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (NDU). He earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2004, and teaches the Airpower I, II, and War Theory core courses. He also offers electives on World War I in the Air and The Evolution of Airpower Technology and Theory. A prolific researcher and writer, he has five books in print and another under contract. His most recent book is Airpower Over Gallipoli, 1915-1916, (Naval Institute Press, 2020), in addition to journal articles and book chapters on airpower history and theory, space, and cyber. He can be seen on National Geographic’s TV show Nazi Megastructures and the Science Channel’s What on Earth?
 

Research Interest/Expertise:  Airpower, Space, Cyber, Technology, Theory, Strategy, and the Philosophy of War.


Allen G. Peck, Lt Gen, USAF (Retired)
 
Allen G. Peck, Lt Gen, USAF (Retired) is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at the Air Command & Staff College’s Department of Airpower. Prior to joining the ACSC faculty, Dr. Peck served as director of the Air Force Research Institute. During his 36 years on active duty, Dr. Peck commanded an air operations group in Germany, an air expeditionary wing in Saudi Arabia, the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center at Langley AFB, the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and the Air University at Maxwell AFB. He was a key planner for NATO’s Kosovo operation and later served as Deputy Combined Force Air Component Commander at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. As an aviator Dr. Peck was qualified as aircraft commander and instructor in the air-to-air and air-to-ground variants of the F-15. He holds a BS in Mathematics from the US Air Force Academy, an MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an MA in International Relations from Salve Regina College, and a Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lt Col Brian Foley
 

is a second-year resident SDE student and the Deputy Chair of the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. A career Mobility and Trainer pilot, he has worked at the squadron, group, wing, NAF and Air Staff levels with extensive time in strategic airlift as a C-5A/B/C Instructor Pilot and in Undergraduate Pilot Training as a T-6A Instructor and Evaluator Pilot. Additionally, he has served as Senior Duty Officer for both Wing and Air Force-level Command Posts, been an Air Force Chief of Staff Operations briefer, and a HAF Operations Division Chief. He has deployed to HQ USAFCENT as a Global Force Management planner, and Al Udeid AB, Qatar as a Wing plans officers. Prior to his tenure at Air Command and Staff College, he was the Commander of the 85th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College in 2014. Additionally, he is a 2002 graduate of the US Air Force Academy (B.S., Mechanical Engineering), and received a Master's in Business Administration in 2010.

 


Lt Col Steven M. Niewiarowski
 
Lt Col Steven M. Niewiarowski is the Director of Staff for the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.  A Mobility and RPA pilot, he has worked at the squadron, group, wing, and MAJCOM levels with extensive time in strategic airlift as a C-17 Instructor Pilot and in Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) as an MQ-1 and MQ-9 Instructor and Evaluator Pilot.  Additionally, he served as the RPA branch chief in the AFSOC Directorate of Operations, providing worldwide Special Operations RPA capabilities to supported Combatant Commands.  Lt Col Niewiarowski has deployed multiple times for staff and operational duties in CENTCOM, INDOPACOM, AFRICOM, and EUCOM.  Prior to his tenure at Air University, he was the Commander of the ACC Training Support Squadron, Langley AFB VA.  Lt Col Niewiarowski was a graduate of the Air War College in 2020, received a Master of Arts, with Honors, in International Relations from American Military University 2011, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of San Francisco in 2000.  His academic interests include international relations, comparative politics, security studies, military innovations, the space domain, and South Asian studies.

 

Dr. Jordan R. Hayworth
 

Dr. Jordan R. Hayworth is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the Air Command and Staff College. He teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses for the Department of Airpower and is the Course Director for Airpower I. Hayworth received his B.A. in History from High Point University in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he studied under Dr. Michael V. Leggiere as a Student Fellow of the Military History Center. Dr. Hayworth's article, "Evolution or Revolution on the Battlefield? The Sambre and Meuse Army in 1794," was published by War in History in 2014. He recently authored a book chapter on the French Way of War for an edited volume on Napoleon and the Operational Art of War published by Brill. His doctoral dissertation won the 2016 Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize through the Society for Military History. His first book, Revolutionary France’s War on Conquest in the Rhineland: Conquering the Natural Frontier, 1792-1797 was published by Cambridge University Press in spring 2019. Currently, he is writing a new history of the 1794 Campaign during the French Revolutionary Wars. 

Research Interest/Expertise: Early Modern and Modern Military History, French History, Modern European History, Political and Diplomatic History.

 


Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh
 
Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Air Power at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base. He came to ACSC from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he taught for nine years in the Department of Military History. Dr. Beckenbaugh received his PhD in 19th Century US History from the University of Arkansas, and his Masters and Bachelors in US History and History, respectively, from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Beckenbaugh has taught at a variety of undergraduate and graduate civilian institutions. He is currently working on a book on the White River Campaign in Arkansas in the spring-summer of 1862, and has numerous publications and conference presentations.

 


Major Robert P. Damron
 
Major Robert P. Damron is an Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Prior to ACSC, Maj Damron was an E/RQ-4 Evaluator Pilot and Group Director of Staff at Grand Forks AFB, ND. Maj Damron entered active duty in 2008 after receiving a BA in Business Administration with a focus in Management from the University of Kentucky. After graduating from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, he was a Distinguished Graduate from KC-135 Pilot Initial Qualification Training. He flew KC-135R/T tankers at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, where he deployed in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, and to Curacao supporting counterdrug operations for Joint Interagency Task Force-South. Maj Damron transitioned to the RQ-4 program at Grand Forks AFB in 2014 and was a Distinguished Graduate from RQ-4 Pilot Initial Qualification Training. During his time at Grand Forks AFB, he served in a variety of positions, including Training Flight Commander and Chief of Weapons and Tactics, while flying in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve. Major Damron is a Senior Pilot with over 1,900 flight hours, holds an MS in Project Management from Trident University International as well as an MS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.

Dr Edwin H. Redman, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
 
Dr. Edwin H. Redman, Colonel, USAF (Retired), is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).  Dr. Redman is a Command Pilot with tours in each of the Air Force’s bomber aircraft. He served as an instructor pilot in the T-38, B-1 and B-2, and flew combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 in the B-2. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, ACSC, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. Following SAASS, Dr. Redman attended Duke University, where he received his PhD in History. His last operational assignment was Deputy Commander, 509th Operations Group, Whiteman Air Force Base. He completed his active-duty service at Air University, holding several positions, including Director of Warfighting Education at the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Director of the Grand Strategy Seminar, Air War College. He retired from the active-duty Air Force in 2014, and joined Air University as a civilian professor in 2015.
 

Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War History, Nuclear Deterrence, Civil-Military Relations, and US National Security


Major Katherine E. Harmon
 

Major Katherine E. Harmon is an Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Maj Harmon graduated from the ACSC In-Residence program in June 2020. Maj Harmon received her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2008. She is an aircraft maintenance officer with experience in ACC, AFOTEC, and AMC on multiple of aircraft and in a variety of leadership positions. Prior to ACSC, Maj Harmon was the Operations Officer of the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron in Kabul, Afghanistan advising the Kabul Wing Afghan Maintenance Group. She has deployed four times in support of Operations Deep Freeze, Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, Inherent Resolve, and Resolute Support. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Humanities from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration in International Relations from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Universit


Dr. Sebastian H. Lukasik 
 
Dr. Sebastian H. Lukasik is an Associate Professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command Staff College (ACSC). He received a PhD in American History from Duke University. He has served as Course Director for the Leadership and Warfare course and the Airpower I course. Prior to arriving at ACSC, he taught as a visiting instructor at Duke University and North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching courses in the ACSC core curriculum, he offers elective classes on Combat Motivation and Morale in Historical Perspective, Cultural History of Flight, and war and society in the era of the World Wars.
 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military Culture; Combat Motivation and Morale in modern Warfare; the First World War; Cultural History of Flight; Grand Strategy and Strategic Culture


Dr. Heather P. Venable
 

Dr. Heather P. Venable is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. She currently teaches Airpower One and Airpower Two and an elective on the historical experience of combat. She also has co-taught an elective on Close Air Support and has served as the Airpower Two course director. She previously was an Instructor for the Air Command and Staff College’s eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education where she oversaw the writing of proposals and master’s theses and taught Applied Warfare Studies courses at the Joint Professional Military Education I level. As a visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, she taught naval and Marine Corps history. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in American History from the University of Hawai’i. She received her PhD in military history from Duke University. She also has attended the Space Operations Course as well as the Joint Firepower Course. Her forthcoming book from Naval Institute Press is entitled How the Few Became the Proud: The Making of the Marine Corps’ Mythos, 1974-1918. Previous work to be published includes “‘There’s Nothing that a Marine Can’t Do’: Publicity and the Marine Corps, 1905-1917” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Naval History Symposium and “The China Marines and the Crucible of the Warrior Mythos, 1900-1941” in Crucibles: Selected Readings in U.S. Marine Corps History. She has also contributed articles about airpower and the current Air Force to several online publications, including War on the Rocks.

Research Interest/Expertise: Her research interests include intersections between strategy and military culture, airpower theory and history, combat motivation, and creativity.


Dr. Michael E. Weaver 
 

Dr. Michael E. Weaver, is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.  He specializes in the history of war and warfare and is the author of Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II (Indiana University Press, 2010), as well as six articles. His most recent have been published in The Journal of Aeronautical History and Diplomatic History. Weaver’s second book, National Policy and Air Power Effectiveness during the Vietnam War, is under review for publication. Weaver’s skills include leading small group discussions, academic lecturing, research, and writing. His book reviews have appeared in The Journal of Military History, and H-War, among others. Prof. Weaver has taught courses on U.S. history, war & society, American military history, the Vietnam War, World War II, African-American history, international security, and air power. He received his doctorate from Temple University in 2002 having worked with Russell Weigley and Richard Immerman. Weaver also studied under William Leary, John Morrow, Jr., and Eugene Genovese at the University of Georgia.

Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War, History of the Vietnam War, U.S. Military History, Aviation History, World War II, Force & Diplomacy, History of the United States.

 


Major Matthew Hawkins
 

Major Matthew Hawkins is an Air University Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Maj Hawkins graduated from the ACSC In-Residence program in June 2020. Prior to ACSC, Maj Hawkins was the Program Manager for Special Communications at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) at MacDill AFB, FL. He has previously served in various Engineering, Program Management, Intelligence, and Weapons Test positions at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH and Eglin AFB, FL. In 2013, Maj Hawkins deployed to HQ USAFCENT at Al Udeid AB, Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He has experience at the Joint Staff, Wing, Group, and Squadron levels. Maj Hawkins holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton, and a MS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. 

 


 
Lt Col Angela Jacobson
 
Lt Col Angela Jacobson is an Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). She teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses and serves as a Deputy Course Director for Airpower Studies I. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Geographically Separated Unit (GSU) Lead for the Air Operations Center Weapon System (AOC WS) Program Management Office. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2000, Lt Col Jacobson entered active duty as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Deputy Commander as well as serving as an Instructor and Evaluator. Lt Col Jacobson has a breadth of knowledge gained across several assignments in operations, intelligence, acquisitions, education and command and control over the past 20 years of service. During her previous assignments, she deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as an Executive Officer to the Director, Strategy, Plans, and Assessments, Multinational Forces-Iraq. Lt Col Jacobson is a graduate from ACSC in 2014 and also has a master's degree in Business Administration.

 
Major Aimee T. Kirchner 
 
Major Aimee T. Kirchner is an Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). As a Finance Officer, Major Kirchner has held a variety of positions at base level, in acquisitions and on Air Staff. Prior to this assignment, Major Kirchner was the Director of Operations for the 502d Comptroller Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Major Kirchner deployed in joint billets twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar and to Kabul/Bagram, Afghanistan. Major Kirchner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Colorado State University. She also holds a Master of Science in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from ACSC. Major Kirchner is a Distinguished Graduate from the AFIT class of 2012. 

Lt Col Kelley M. Marcell  
 
Lt Col Kelley M. Marcell currently serves as an Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). She started her career as an Air Weapons Controller at Osan AB, Republic of Korea, and went on to become a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) and Instructor WSO in the F-15E Strike Eagle. Lt Col Marcell has flown in Operation DELIBERATE GUARD and NOBLE EAGLE and has deployed in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. She has held various leadership positions at several operational, test and training assignments to include Acting Group Commander, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group (EWG), Eglin AFB; Deputy Group Commander, 53 EWG, Eglin AFB; Commander, 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, Eglin AFB; Director of Operations, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, Eglin AFB; Commander, Cadet Squadron 20, United States Air Force Academy; and Senior Air Force Liaison Officer, Training Air Wing Six, NAS Pensacola FL where she taught Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training. Lt Col Marcell also worked in the Regional Cultural Studies Program at Air War College and most recently was the 42 ABW Inspector General. She was commissioned through ROTC in 1993 after graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, minor in psychology. She holds a master's degree in Counseling and Leadership from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs through AFIT where she also received her ACSC in-Residence credit through the Air Officer Commander program.
 

 

Lt Col R. A. Orozco
 

Lt Col R. A. Orozco is an Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses. Prior to this assignment, he served as Political-Military Affairs Strategist and Director of Operations, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron at Travis AFB, CA.  He is a prior-enlisted KC-135 Boom Operator, an F-15E Weapon Systems Officer, an Air Ground Operations School instructor, an Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training instructor, and a senior Air Advisor. During his operational assignments, he deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, a Theater Security Package detachment to the Korean Peninsula, and numerous security cooperation engagements within SOUTHCOM. Lt Col Orozco received a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy. He also holds a Master of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from ACSC in AY18.


Maj Jon A. Oswald
 

Maj Jon A. Oswald is currently an Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and an Air University Fellow. Major Oswald received his commission from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. He is a senior pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-6, T-1, KC-135, and C-17. He has flown over 160 combat missions. Prior to ACSC, Maj Oswald served as Chief Executive Officer for the 305th Air Mobility Wing and Instructor Pilot, C-17A, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. He was selected for the MAF’s Phoenix Reach program while a KC-135 Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Squadron Stan/Eval, 349th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS. Major Oswald holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Administrative Leadership and a Master of Science degree from The Air University in Military Operational Art and Science.


Major Jason E. Steinlicht 
 
Major Jason E. Steinlicht is an Instructor at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses for the Department of Airpower.  Maj Steinlicht graduated from the ACSC In-Residence program in June 2019.  Prior to ACSC, Maj Steinlicht was a C-130J Instructor Pilot and Assistant Director of Operations at Dyess Air Force Base, in Abilene TX.  Prior to Dyess, Major Steinlicht was an Evaluator Navigator on the KC-135 Stratotanker.  During his time at Dyess and McConnell, he instructed and commanded missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Odyssey Dawn, and Freedom Sentinel logging over 650 combat hours.  His most recent deployment in 2018, he served as the Director of Operations for the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti.  Maj Steinlicht received Magnum Cum Laude honors and was a 2nd Team ESPN National Academic Award Winner from the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Maj Steinlicht is a Distinguished Graduate from Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training, C-130J Initial Pilot Qualification and Squadron Officer School.  He graduated with a BS in Flight Operations from the University of Dubuque and he also received a MS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a MS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.​

 

 

 


Major Ben Peacock
 
Major Ben Peacock is an Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Prior to instructing at ACSC, Maj Peacock was a member of ACSC’s AY20 class. He received his commission from OTS and after graduating pilot training at Vance AFB, OK, Maj Peacock was assigned to fly the C-17 while stationed in Charleston, SC followed by an assignment as a MC-12W Pilot and Mission Commander while stationed at Beale AFB, CA. Most recently, he trained USAF and international student pilots as a T-1 Instructor Pilot at Columbus AFB, MS. Maj Peacock graduated with a BA in Communications from Elon University and also received a MAS in Aviation Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a senior pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the C-17, MC-12, and T-1 aircraft. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Fernando Rolón 
 
Major Fernando Rolón is an Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, AL. Maj Rolón graduated from the ACSC In-Residence program in June 2020. Prior to ACSC, Maj Rolón was the Commander of the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Travis AFB, CA. Prior to his command, he was a member of the Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Mobility professional leadership development program serving as the Director of Staff and Contingency Response Element Operations Officer, 821st Contingency Response Group, Travis AFB, CA. Maj Rolón has served in various aircraft maintenance positions including quality assurance officer in charge, aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge, and maintenance operations officer. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in Military Studies with a concentration of Air Warfare from American Military University as well as a M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.

 

Research Interest/ExpertiseAirpower History, Air Mobility Operations, Logistics, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR)

 


Lt Col Andrew J. Swartzer
 
Lt Col Andrew J. Swartzer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He currently teaches Airpower Two, Joint-Warfighting, and co-teaches an elective on the history of Airpower Technology. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University, an M.S.A. in Information Resources Management from Central Michigan University, and an M.S. in Adult Education from Troy University. Dr. Swartzer received his PhD in History (History of Technology) from Auburn University in 2020. A career Space and Missile officer, he has held assignments in the Minuteman III ICBM and in the Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as multiple joint and training assignments. Previously assigned to ACSC, he served as an instructor and deputy department chair in the Department of Airpower before being selected to earn his Advanced Academic Degree (AAD) through the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Civilian Institute Program (AFIT/CIP). 

 

 

 


Major Kevin Williams 
 
Major Kevin Williams is an ACSC Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He teaches the Airpower I, Airpower II, and Air Force in Fact, Film, and Fiction Elective.  Prior to this assignment he was the Chief, Analysis and Correlation and Fusion cell leading a 63-member multinational analyst team to gather, create, and disseminate all-source intelligence for Air Force Central Command, he served as the Executive Officer, Geospatial and Signatures Intelligence Group and Director of Operations for the Aircraft Analysis Squadron at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Additionally, he has also held positions in space program management for contracts ranging up to $45 million dollars. He earned his undergrad from The Citadel, has an M.B.A, and graduated from ACSC in May of 2020.