Col Straw

Colonel Wayne W. Straw is the Commandant, Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The School’s team of military and civilian faculty develop Professional Military Education curriculum and teach over 4,200 company grade officers annually. The School educates Air Force Captains to think, communicate, cooperate, and lead in the joint environment.


Colonel Straw is from Altamonte Springs, Fla. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University before commissioning through Officer Training School in 1993 as a distinguished graduate. Colonel Straw has had multiple flying assignments and has over 2,000 flight hours in the F-15E, including almost 700 in combat. He completed two combat tours in Afghanistan consisting of a year in command of the Operations Support Squadron at the busiest airfield in the country and a year as an Afghanistan Pakistan Hand working with special operations forces and Afghans at the village, district, provincial, and national levels. His staff experience includes responsibilities at the Numbered Air Force, Component Command, and Geographic Combatant Command levels. Prior to his current position, Colonel Straw was the Director of Student Operations at the Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

Col Lass

Colonel Dina L. Quanico is the Vice Commandant of Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.


Colonel Quanico was born in San Diego, California.  She graduated from San Diego State University and was commissioned in the Air Force through Officer Training School in 1997. She has served in a variety of Force Support positions at unit, base, major command, headquarters and combatant command levels. Prior to her current position, Colonel Quanico was the Chief, Joint Manpower Organization and Resources Branch, Manpower and Personnel Directorate, United States Pacific command, Capt H.M. Smith, Hawaii. 

Lt. Col Lebeck

Major Daniel A. Harris is the Dean of Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Major Harris is from Danville, PA. Major Harris enlisted in the Air Force in 2002 as a computer programmer. In 2009, he earned his commission as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He graduated from the Intelligence Officer Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base in 2010 as a distinguished graduate. Major Harris has served in a variety of intelligence positions at the unit level, and has deployed twice in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to his current assignment at Maxwell Air Force, he served as Deputy Chief of the Commander's Action Group for the 432d Wing at Creech AFB, Nevada.

25 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112