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ACSC Department of Leadership

About the Department:

The 21st and 38th Student Squadrons are responsible for the health, morale, and welfare of all students attending ACSC.  The student squadrons serve as the Commandant’s conduit on student operational issues and provides feedback to the Deans regarding academics, research, technology, and mission support.  The student squadrons are each staffed with a Commander and two Directors of Operations.  The student squadron staff are available to discuss all matters and concerns for which students need guidance and/or counseling.

 


Department Leadership

Lt Col Kevin Minor is Commander, 21st Student Squadron, Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  In this position, Lieutenant Colonel Minor leads a multiservice squadron of 250 Air Force, Sister-Service, International Field Grade Officers and civilian students selected to attend Air Command & Staff College.  He also conducts personal, professional and academic mentoring for officers destined for future senior leadership positions world-wide.  Lt Col Minor received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1997.  He has served as a C-17 instructor pilot and a B-2 instructor pilot and is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including more than 200 combat hours in support of Operations Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.  As a trained African Regional Affairs Strategist he has served in positions at the COCOM, HAF, joint, and interagency levels.

Research Interest/Expertise: Sub-Sahara Africa Politics and Security, United States International Security Cooperation, Nuclear Strategy and Policy

Maj Daniel Mendoza is the Director of Operations, 21st Student Squadron at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The mission of Air Command and Staff College is to develop bold airpower leaders who think, communicate, and collaborate in the joint environment to strengthen national security. In his role as Director of Operations, Major Mendoza leads a multiservice squadron of 250 Air Force, sister-service, and International Field Grade Officers and civilian students selected to attend the Air Command and Staff College in-residence program. He also conducts personal, professional, and academic mentoring for officers destined for future senior leadership positions world-wide. Major Mendoza earned his commission in 2002 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Florida International University. He has served in numerous operational capacities at the squadron and wing levels to include flight commander, FTU evaluator pilot, and Wing Director of Staff. Major Mendoza is a senior pilot with over 1,900 flying hours in the T-6, TC-12, and C-130E/H aircraft including more than 390 combat hours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn.

Research Interest/Expertise: Political Science, International Relations, Air Mobility Operations.           

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Major is the Commander, 38th Student Squadron at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  The mission of Air Command and Staff College is to develop bold airpower leaders who think, communicate and collaborate in the joint environment to strengthen national security.  In this position, Lieutenant Colonel Major leads a multiservice squadron of 250 Air Force, Sister-Service, and International Field Grade Officers and civilian students selected to attend the Air Command & Staff College in-residence course.  He also conducts personal, professional and academic mentoring for officers destined for future senior leadership positions world-wide.  Lieutenant Colonel Major was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. He entered active duty in 1998 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Louisiana Tech University.  As an intelligence officer, he has held positions at the MAJCOM, joint, operational and tactical levels.  His involvement in deployed operations includes Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the International Stabilization and Assistance Force.  Prior to his time at Air Command and Staff College, Lieutenant Colonel Major served as the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Senior Intelligence Officer at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  

Research Interest/Expertise:  Military History and Strategy, Intelligence Operations, Joint Air Operations, Targeting.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Baggett is the Director of Operations, 38th Student Squadron at Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  The mission of Air Command and Staff College is to develop bold airpower leaders who think, communicate and collaborate in the joint environment to strengthen national security.  In his role of Director of Operations, Lieutenant Colonel Baggett is responsible for the daily operations of the squadron and ensuring the administrative issues of over 200 active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, sister service, and international officers are addressed and resolved.  He also conducts personal, professional and academic mentoring for officers destined for future senior leadership positions world-wide.  Lieutenant Colonel Baggett was born in Atmore, Alabama. He entered active duty in 2001 upon receiving his commission from Officer Training School.  As a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he gained field experience in criminal and counterintelligence investigations and operations through assignments to multiple AFOSI detachments and HQ USCENTCOM. Lieutenant Colonel Baggett has commanded at the AFOSI detachment level both stateside and in Iraq.  Prior to his assignment at ACSC, Lieutenant Colonel Baggett served as the Personal Security Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force planning and executing all Protective Service Operations in support of the SECAF worldwide.  

Research Interest/Expertise:  Military History and Strategy, Intelligence Operations, Military Justice, Air Base Defense.