China Aerospace Studies Institute, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published May 10, 2018
Brendan Mulvaney is the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute. Dr. Mulvaney served as a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as a AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China. He served at Camp Pendleton, CA; in China as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University, where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations; in Iraq; in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Red Team, and most recently at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was the Associate Chair for Languages and Cultures and taught Chinese language and culture.
Roderick Lee is the Director of Research at the Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI). Prior to joining CASI, he served as an analyst with the United States Navy covering Chinese naval forces. He earned his Master of Arts degree from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Master Sergeant Eric M. Griffin is the Research Superintendent of CASI. MSgt Griffin enlisted in the USAF in 2001 as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician. In 2006 he attended the Basic Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey CA, where he graduated with honors. MSgt Griffin then spent five years at Hickam AFB eventually becoming the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Initial Training. In 2012 he returned to DLI to attend the Advanced Chinese Mandarin Course. After graduation, MSgt Griffin went on to Fort George G. Meade where he worked as the Senior Enlisted Representative for Signals Development, and eventually the Senior Enlisted Leader for a Cyber National Mission Team. In 2016 MSgt Griffin received a B.S. Degree in International Studies from Excelsior College before being assigned to the Special U.S. Liaison Advisor Korea as the Senior Enlisted Leader/Operations Flight Chief.
Technical Sergeant Jennifer Thurman is the Section Chief of CASI. TSgt Thurman enlisted in the USAF in 2004 as a Chinese Language Analyst, and attended the Basic Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. She then worked in Signals Development at Fort Meade, MD, before returning to DLI in 2010 to attend the Intermediate Chinese course, where she graduated with Honors. She filled the role of First Sergeant at Lackland AFB, TX before her selection for an internship in the Military Language Analyst Program at Fort Meade. In 2016, TSgt Thurman graduated her internship, and began teaching Chinese. Prior to joining CASI, she was selected for the role of Chinese Curriculum Manager, overseeing the language training of over 3000 linguists worldwide. TSgt Thurman holds degrees in Microbiology, East Asian Studies, and Exercise Physiology, and is currently working on her second Master's in International Relations.
Rob Miltersen is a language specialist and research analyst at CASI, Air University. He retired from the Air Force in 2009 after serving 20 years as a Russian, then Chinese airborne linguist. During active duty he served two US Embassy assignments, 1998-2001 in Beijing, China; and 2001-2004 in Canberra, Australia. While serving in Beijing Rob had the opportunity to assist as the DAO OPSCO forward to Hainan Island where the crew of the US Navy EP-3E was detained in April of 2001 following the collision with a Chinese Shenyang J-8II interceptor fighter. Following his assignment in Australia, Rob was a Chinese Military Language Instructor, then Chief Military Language Instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California. Once retired, Rob secured a position as a Regional Director for DLI. Assigned to Maxwell AFB, AL, he was responsible for all DLI foreign language training at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL; Ft. Leavenworth, KS; Ft. Benning, GA; Hurlburt Field, FL; Tampa, FL and Miami SOUTHCOM. He has a Master’s degree in Instructional Science & Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.
The following positions are currently open:
CASI Director of Education (forthcoming) (GS-13) Maxwell AFB.
CASI Researcher (multiple GS-12) Maxwell and NDU.
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