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Col Ricky L. Mills

Colonel Ricky L. Mills 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 enhances air and space minded leaders...primed to prevail in competitive environments.

Colonel Mills grew up in an Air Force family. He received his Bachelor of Business Degree from Texas A & M University in 1994 and commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the Intelligence Officer Course and Squadron Officer School.  He is a career intelligence officer with extensive operational and combat experience. He deployed in support of Operation Joint Forge as the Stabilization Force CJ2 Collection Manager in Sarajevo,Bosnia-Herzegovina.  As the initial cadre Information Integration Officer on the RC135V/W RIVET JOINT, Colonel Mills flew over 750 combat hours over the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq.  He later served in the Combined Air Operations Center as the Senior Intelligence Duty Officer directing ISR sorties in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  Prior to his current position, Colonel Mills was the Commander of the 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas.


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Col Jason M. Trew

Colonel Jason M. Trew is the Vice Commandant of Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. 

In 1999, Colonel Trew earned his commission as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Area Studies and Legal Studies. Following a one year assignment as a "Gold Bar" recruiter, he completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and then F-15C initial qualification and mission qualification courses.  Prior to his current assignment at Maxwell Air Force, Lt Col Trew received his PhD from Auburn University in History


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Lt Col James. N. Slear  

Lieutenant Colonel James N. Slear is the Dean of Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Prior to his current assignment at Maxwell Air Force, Lt Col Slear received his PhD from Auburn University just prior to this assignment.

Lt. Colonel James N. Slear commissioned through Officer Training School (OTS) in 2001 as a graduate of Virginia Tech. He has experience in research and development of avionics and space surveillance systems; cyber tactics development, assessment, and Joint exercise integration; program management of medical and civil engineering systems; and wing-level staff experience.


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125 Chennault Circle 

Building 1403
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112