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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 Chair of the Department of Leadership at Air University’s 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 Na3onal 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 consul3ng.  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:

Lieutenant Colonel Shannon G. Smith, serves as Instructor in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Lt Col Smith is a career Security Forces (SF) officer and has commanded four times at the squadron level, cumulatively leading over 1,500 SF Airmen. Additionally, he served in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as Brigade Commander and Commandant, Iraq National Police Academy, An Numinayah Training Base, Iraq. He also served in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Defense Force Commander, Shahbaz AB, Pakistan. Lt Col Smith has extensive professional military education experience. Prior to his current assignment, he taught at the USAF’s Squadron Officer School and the USAF International Officer School where he served as the Dean of Education. He further served as Air Force Faculty Advisor and Instructor at United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA. Lt Col Smith published works include co-authoring and editing AU-2, Guidelines for Command, the USAF’s official guide for squadron commanders. He is a graduate of Troy University, ACSC, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

                              Director of Leadership Psychology:

Dr. Mary L. Bartlett

Dr.Bartlett serves as Professor of Leadership Psychology for the Air University Leadership Institute and Air Command and Staff College on Maxwell AFB. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland. She is an international speaker and published author in her research areas of suicide and resilience. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Family Life Educator. Dr. Bartlett’s expertise encompasses a range of psychological factors, and her primary focus is on integrating human domain topics across all aspects of Air Force Professional Military Education. She has served as a mental health consultant, trainer, and speaker at the Department of Defense level for more than ten years, and as a clinical mental health provider for over twenty years. Dr.Bartlett is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now living in Montgomery, Alabama.

 Research Interest/Expertise: Suicide, resilience, and emotional intelligence

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                                 Assistant Professor:

Colonel D. Scott Johnson, USAF (ret), serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He served 30 years on Active Duty and was an Instructor Weapon Systems Officer/Senior Navigator in the RF-4C Phantom with command experiences the squadron and NATO wing (group) levels. Mr. Johnson’s non-command assignments include deputy logistics group commander, NATO plans officer, MAJCOM Director of Supply, and Chair Leadership & Ethics Department, Air War College (AWC). As a civilian, he aided the Singapore Armed Forces with the integration of leadership competencies and doctrine into professional military education. Additionally, Mr. Johnson held various leadership positions at the Air Force Research Institute including Director of Staff and Chief of Engagement Division. He holds master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the AF Institute of Technology, and AWC, and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

                              Course Director:         

Dr. Filomeno J. “Fil” Arenas Jr., serves as Professor of Leadership and Course Director for the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He received his doctorate degree from The George Washington University in Higher Education Administration and is also an adjunct professor with the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His current areas of research focus on leadership development, emotional intelligence, integrated learning environments, and virtual immersive learning models. He was an aerospace ground equipment technician and optometry technician in the AF and retired as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the Navy. Dr. Arenas retired from the military after 28 years of faithful service (14 USAF & 14 USN) in 2005.

                                Deputy Course Director:

Lieutenant Colonel Brandie D. Jefferies, serves as Instructor and Deputy Course Director in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Lt Col Jeffries is a core manpower and personnel officer with extensive background in strategic planning and programming. Lt Col Jeffries holds master's degrees from Chapman University in Human Resource Management and Air University in Military Operational Art and Design; a graduate certification from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership; and pursuing a PhD from Grand Canyon University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Lt Col Jeffries has served in various capacities over the last eighteen years including assignments within Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, and Air Education and Training Command.

     

                                    Deputy Course Director:

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew S. Clayton, Ed.D, serves as Assistant Professor and Deputy Course Director in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Lt Col Clayton is an academic affairs officer with more than 10 years and 5,000 hours teaching within Air University and is a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence. He also holds certifications as an Air Force Master Instructor and On-Line Instructor. Lt Col Clayton holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Grand Canyon University, master’s degrees in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix and Military Operational Art and Science from ACSC, and a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration from Purdue University.


 

                              Instructor:

Major R. Blake Pierce, serves as Instructor in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Major Pierce is an MC-130H (AF Special Operations Command) Navigator and a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence. His previous assignments include Group Executive Officer for the 353d Special Operations Group and Assistant Director of Operations for the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan. While stationed at Kadena he served as Mission Commander on multiple training missions and JCS-directed exercises. He also served as Wing Chief of Flight Safety on AMC’s busiest ramp during the Haiti disaster relief effort. Major Pierce has held several other notable positions, deployed 5 times, and participated in numerous exercises in multiple countries.  He holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from California Coast University, a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from ACSC, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from the University of Georgia.

                                      Instructor:

Major Jason E. Stack, serves as Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Leadership at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Major Stack is a career Security Forces (SF) officer and has commanded twice at the squadron level and is a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence. Prior to entering military service he earned his certification as a Police Officer in the State of NH and served two years as a sworn Police Officer with the Hampton NH Police Department. His previous non-command assignments include multiple SF squadron-level positions, the Chief of Joint Expeditionary Tasking (JET) Analysis and Information Technology at Headquarters Second Air Force, and the Executive Officer to the Second Air Force Commander. He has deployed twice in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, most notably as a JET Airman with the US Army as the Officer-in-Charge of the Law and Order Detachment in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Major Stack holds a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science from ACSC, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of New Hampshire.

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