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ACSC Department of Leadership

 


About the Department:

The Department of Leadership is the ACSC focal point for the continuing development of mid-level officer leadership for the US Air Force.   The flagstone of the department is the spring Leadership Course.  This core course is designed to help mid-level officers examine leadership theory and lessons learned, while introspectively examining their own theory and best practices, in order to prepare them for higher level leadership positions.  In addition to the Leadership Course, the Department of Leadership also coordinates within Air University in order to ensure a continuity of effort with regards to leadership instruction across schools.

 

Department Leadership

                                Department Chair:

 

Colonel J. William "Bill" DeMarco, USAF (ret), serves as the Director Air University Innovation and Leadership Institute, Chair and Dean of Education Leadership Department, and Professor of Leadership Studies Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His Leadership and Command experiences include command at the squadron, group, and region level, as well as serving as ACSC’s 44th Commandant.

 

Bill is an adjunct professor with Auburn University in Leadership. He served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and is a fellow at The Judge

Business School, Cambridge University, England, as well as a senior associate with GiANT Worldwide leadership consulting. He also contributes as a leadership consultant for the National WWII Museum’s Corporate Leadership Academy in New Orleans, LA, and is the founder and CEO of the Mastermind Century Group, LLC.

 

A command pilot having qualified in five different weapons systems (C-23A, C-12F, C-141B, KC-10A, and the KC-135R), he holds three masters degrees and is a graduate of the USAF’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Leadership theory and philosophy as well as leadership case studies both modern and historical.

                               Deputy Chair:


Lt Col Tony Montelepre is the Deputy Chair for the Leadership Department at Air Command and Staff College as well as an advisor in the Political-Military Affairs Strategist Program.  His primary AFSC is an Airfield Operations Officer and has experience as a flight commander, airspace manager and was most recently the Director, Airfield Operations for Air Force Flight Standards Agency.  He has also had assignments outside his AFSC as wing exec, squadron ops officer, squadron commander and deputy group commander.

 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military Leadership

                              Director of Leadership Psychology

 

Dr. Mary L. Bartlett serves as Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Air University at Air Command Staff College (ACSC).  She also serves as Professionalism Chair and Advisor to the Commander and President of Air University, and is the liaison to the Air Force Profession of Arms and Center of Excellence (PACE).  Dr. Bartlett is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Family Life Educator and has 18 years of teaching and clinical experience, with 23 peer-reviewed publications. She has served as a Mental Health consultant and trainer at the Department of Defense (DoD) level, and with various branches. She has trained a myriad of Senior Military Leaders and their staffs; additionally, and is a regular invite as a presenter/trainer at official events hosted by HAF and MAJCOM leaders. Dr. Bartlett’s expertise encompasses a range of psychological factors affecting the human weapons system with presentation topics including suicide prevention, resilience, core values, unit morale, and building community capacity. With more than a decade of invitations her addresses includes the range from national-level keynotes, national-level workshops, national-level stage presentations, state-level briefings, and various media events.

Research Interest/Expertise: Suicide and resilience; particularly as these impact military strategic planning and tactical/operational execution.

   

Lt Col Clay Bartels is an Academic Advisor and Instructor in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, and is the Course Director of the capstone ACSC course, Joint Warfighting 2:  Airpower Operations.  He has presented at the RAF Airpower Conference on Multi-Domain Operations and Close Air Support – A Fresh Perspective.  Lt Col Bartels is a graduated squadron commander and an F-22 pilot with over 2,000 fighter hours with considerable operational experience in the CENTCOM AOR.          

Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower and Multi-Domain Operations

                              Director of Staff:

 

Major Jill Hopkins serves as the Deputy Course Director for the Department of Leadership at Air University at Air Command Staff College (ACSC).  Major Hopkins holds two Masters of Arts and Science degrees, the first she received in 2010, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University in St. Louis.  In 2016 she received her second degree, a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science Degree as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College in the Air University, Maxwell AFB Alabama.  A career intelligence officer, prior to assuming her current position, Major Hopkins was the Chief, Joint Bilateral Current Intelligence for the Intelligence Division of US Forces, Japan, Yokota AB, Japan.  Major Hopkins has leadership experience in the Joint Sub-Unified Command, National Agency, Wing, Group and Squadron levels to include five deployments in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. 

Research Interest/Expertise: Military leadership (personal and institutional), the development of US foreign policy and military institutional responses to shifting policy