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LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALEXANDRIA WATSON

Lt. Colonel Alexandria WatsonLieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Alexandria Watson is the commander of Air Force (AF) ROTC Detachment 772 at Charleston Southern University.  She commands an AFROTC unit that administers a college-level officer training program while serving as the senior AF officer at a geographically separated unit.  She also chairs the Department of Aerospace Studies with University status of full professor and instructs a curriculum covering Foundations of the USAF, AF History, Leadership, and National Security Affairs.

Lt Col Watson was commissioned into the Air Force in 1993 as a Distinguished Graduate of the AFROTC program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T SU).  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.   Later, she was selected for an Air Force Institute of Technology graduate program in which she earned a 4.0 Grade Point Average for a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering also from NC A&T SU.  Over the past 20 years, she served in a variety of positions leading analysis and research for:  the AF Recruiting Service, an AF Operational & Test Evaluation Center detachment, various branches in the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs.  About the mid-point in her career, she was an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of South Carolina where she won awards for recruiting and education.  Before taking on her role as AFROTC Detachment 772 Commander, she was the Inspector General for Joint Base Charleston (SC) which included a year-long deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan.

EDUCATION

1993 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, NC A&T SU, Greensboro, NC
1996 Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, NC A&T SU, Greensboro, NC
1997 Squadron Officer School (In Residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2013 Air War College, by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS

  • July 1993-Aug 1994: Assist Regional Director of Admissions, AFROTC Det 592, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Aug 1994-Jun 1996: Graduate Student, NC A&T SU, Greensboro, NC
  • Jun 1996-May 1997: Training Technology Program Manager, Brooks AFB
  • May 1997-Jan 1998: Executive Officer, Brooks AFB, TX
  • Jan 1998-May 1999: Production Analyst, Randolph AFB, TX
  • May 1999-Aug 2002: Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Det 775, Univ. of SC, Columbia, SC
  • Aug 2002-Aug 2004: Chief of Human Factors Analysis, Peterson AFB, CO
  • Aug 2004-Apr 2009: Branch Chief in various National Reconnaissance Office directorates, Chantilly, VA
  • Apr 2009-Feb 2011: Chief of Communication & Opinion Research, Pentagon, Washington DC
  • Feb 2011- Jul 2014: Inspector General, Joint Base Charleston, SC
  • Jul 2014-Present: Commander, AFROTC Detachment 772, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • AF Meritorious Service Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Bronze Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • AF Commendation Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster
  • AF Achievement Medal
  • AFROTC Distinguished Graduate

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant June 5, 1993
  • First Lieutenant June 5, 1995
  • Captain June 5, 1997
  • Major November 1, 2003
  • Lieutenant Colonel April 3, 2009

CSU

CAPTAIN LETRICIA M. CASTILLO

CastilloCaptain Letricia M. Castillo is the Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies for Detachment 772 at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is responsible for recruiting and training highly qualified men and women with the intent of developing them into the next generation of Air Force leaders. In addition, Captain Castillo instructs senior-level curriculum which covers National Security Studies.

Captain Castillo is a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In her initial assignment, she worked as a Military Training Officer and Intercollegiate Manager at the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School. Later, she served as a Human Factors and Test Analyst for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC). She then she served as a Program Manager for Foreign Military Sales and the  Upgraded Early Warning Radar Program while assigned at Hanscom AFB, MA. In August of 2013, Captain Castillo deployed to Afghanistan as a Government Technical Product Representative where she was instrumental in the closure of eleven bases.

EDUCATION:

  • 2007    Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2008    Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (In-Residence)
  • 2012    Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (In-Residence/Correspondence)
  • 2012    Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, Park University, Parkville, MO

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. July 2007 - July 2008, Military Training Officer and Intercollegiate Manager, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School, Colorado Springs, CO
  2. July 2008 – October 2011, Human Factors/Test Analyst, Headquarters Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
  3. October 2011- October 2012, Program Manager for Africa, Foreign Military Sales Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA
  4. October 2012 – June 2015, Deputy Program Manager, Clear/Cod UEWR Program, Space C2 and Surveillance Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA
  5. June 2014 - Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Detachment 772, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Bar

OTHER ACHIEVMENTS:

2014 Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year, Strategic Warning & Surveillances Systems Division

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

  • Second Lieutenant May 30, 2007
  • First Lieutenant May 30, 2009
  • Captain May 30, 2011

CSU

SSGT BRITTANY C. RICHARDSON

RichardsonSSgt Brittany C. Richardson is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Personnel for Detachment 772 at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is responsible for the personnel administration of all current cadets and those in the admission process.  Staff Sergeant Richardson is also the pay monitor and the supply and equipment custodian.

Sergeant Richardson joined the U.S. Air Force in 2006.   In her initial assignment, she worked in the Commander Support Staff, Relocations and Customer Support at JB Charleston.  Later, she served as a Retirements Processing Technician at HQ Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) at JB San Antonio. She then she served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Outbound Assignments and the Formal Training Manager while assigned to Moody AFB, GA.

EDUCATION:

2011 Airman Leadership School (In-residence)

ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Oct 2006 – March 2007: CSS Journeyman, 437 Mission Support Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
  • March 2007 – November 2007: Relocation Apprentice, 1 Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
  • November 2007 – September 2010: Career Development Journeyman, 628 Force Support Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
  • September 2010 – August 2012: Retirements Processing Technician, HQ AFPC, Randolph AFB, TX
  • August 2012 – May 2014: NCOIC, Outbound Assignments, 23 Force Support Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  • May 2014 – June 2015: Formal Training Manager, 23 Force Support Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  • July  2015 – Present: NCOIC, Personnel, Detachment 772, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Bar and oak leaf cluster

OTHER ACHIEVMENTS:

2007 Personnel Manager of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

  • Airman Basic June 6, 2006
  • Airman First Class August 4, 2006
  • Senior Airman December 4, 2008
  • Staff Sergeant March 1, 2011

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