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ACSC Leadership


Command Section

                                       Commander:


Colonel Jim Dryjanski is the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Air Command and Staff College is the world’s premier in-residence and distance learning professional military education college for midcareer officers and civilians which focuses on the development of air-minded joint leaders

Colonel Dryjanski received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1992 with military honors.  After earning his wings in 1993, he served as an instructor and evaluator pilot in multiple mobility aircraft flying strategic, tactical, special operations, and operational support airlift missions.  Colonel Dryjanski has deployed and flown more than 150 combat and combat support hours in support of combatant commander objectives in numerous operations, including Operations ALLIED FORCE and ENDURING FREEDOM.  He commanded the 76th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, the 387th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia, and the 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. His previous staff experience includes Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.  Colonel Dryjanski also instructed at the National War College.  Prior to this assignment Colonel Dryjanski served as the Deputy Director of Operations and Plans at U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Colonel Dryjanski is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours in the C 21A, C-141B, C-130H3 and the C-130J.   Read Full Bio

                                       Vice Commander:

Colonel Leon J. Perkowski, Ph.D. is the Vice Commandant of Air Command and Staff College.  He assists the Commandant in executing a $5.5M academic program and directs activities across 8 departments to deliver graduate education to 12,000 personnel annually. Col Perkowski spent the first half of his career as a weather officer supporting fighter wings at Shaw AFB and RAF Lakenheath, managing pollution control R&D projects at Air Force Research Laboratory, and serving and deploying as a staff weather officer for Headquarters US Army Europe and NATO's Joint Headquarters, Centre.  After receiving a second master's degree from Air Command and Staff College, Col Perkowski served in various capacities at Air University, including: deputy chairperson of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College, Associate Dean of Distance Learning at the Air War College, Associate Dean of Academics at Air University's new eSchool of Graduate PME, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL. 

Dr. Forsyth

                                      Dean:

Dr. Forsyth currently serves as Dean, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Prior to joining ACSC, he served as Professor, International Politics at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. A retired Air Force Colonel, Dr. Forsyth has spent more than twenty-five years in military education, with a wide variety of assignments at Maxwell and the United States Air Force Academy. He is the author of ‘Remembrance of Things Past: The Enduring Value of Nuclear Weapons’ and the ‘The Common Sense of Small Nuclear Arsenals’—each garnering national and international attention. His most recent publications, ‘What Great Powers Make It: International Order and the Logic of Cooperation in Cyberspace’ and ‘Structural Causes and Cyber Effects: Why International Order is Inevitable in Cyberspace’   examine the prospects of achieving international cooperation in cyber-space. A native of New Jersey, he received his PhD from the Joseph Korbel School of International Relations, University of Denver.  See full Vitae

                                     Dean of Students & Support

Colonel Richard Cooney is the Dean of Students and Support at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College.  As Dean, Col Cooney directs support for 510 Air Force, Joint, and International in-resident students.  He supervises two squadron commanders and is responsible for registrar functions, budgeting, facilities, security, information technology, and human resources.  Col Cooney began his military career by enlisting in the Air Force in 1987, serving as a B-52 Weapons Load Crew Member at Minot AFB, ND.  In 1989, he accepted an appointment as a Cadet at the US Air Force Academy and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1993.  As an officer, Colonel Cooney has served as a Test Psychologist and as a US Air Force Academy faculty member.  He has also held positions at Headquarters Air Force on both the Secretariat and Air Staffs, leading the development of Air Force diversity policy.  Additionally, Colonel Cooney has served in the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of Defense’s Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Cooney was the Chief of Global Assessment in the Information Operations Division, Operations Directorate at US Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL.  Colonel Cooney holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Maryland.            

Research Interest/Expertise: Program Evaluation, Survey Development, Military Diversity, Military Families, Influence Operations

 

 

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