Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Alexandria Watson is the commander of the 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. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. After graduation, she was assigned to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Assistant Regional Director of Admissions responsible for recruiting high school students from South Carolina, western North Carolina, and northeastern Georgia for AFROTC scholarship opportunities.
In 1994, 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 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Lt Col Watson was then assigned to San Antonio in 1996 where she served as a Training Technology Program Manager and Executive Officer at Brooks Air Force Base (AFB) and a Production Analyst at Randolph AFB.
In 1999, she was selected to serve as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she earned several accolades to include Southeast Region Company Grade Officer of the Quarter in 2001, Southeast Region Educator of the Year (2001), and Unit Admissions Officer of the Year (2001).
In 2002, she became the Chief of Human Factors Analysis at Detachment 4 of the Air Force Operational, Test, and Evaluation Center at Peterson AFB, Colorado. She led human factors engineer analysis for 22 test programs valued in excess of $1OO billion. Her contributions attributed to a test team winning an Air Force Outstanding Team Award and to the Detachment earning an "Outstanding" Inspector General rating.
In 2004, Lt Col Watson was hand-selected for an assignment to the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA where she served as the Chief of the Strategic Planning & Workforce Development and Strategic Recruitment Branches in the Office of Human Resources, Chief of the Corporate Management Branch in the Signal Intelligence Directorate, and Chief of the Director’s Action Group for the Ground Enterprise Directorate. From 2009-2011, she served as Chief of Communication & Opinion Research for the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs. There she led a four-member team in providing research and assessment of AF interests and coverage in local, trade, national, and international media, boosting media assessment productivity 300% with 270 custom reports.
In 2011, she became the Inspector General for Joint Base Charleston, SC and was responsible for managing the responsive Complaints Resolution and Fraud, Waste, & Abuse programs for the installation. She was also responsible for the overall management and administration of the Commander’s Inspection Program, which directly supported the 628 Air Base Wing and 437 Airlift Wing Commanders’ ability to assess and improve the effectiveness, compliance, readiness, and discipline of their Wings.
In 2012, she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan where she served as an advisor to the Afghan Air Force Inspector General and 22 assigned Afghan staff personnel, ensuring the discipline, effectiveness and trust of the Afghan Air Force’s 6,500 plus airmen. She identified and supported counter-intelligence efforts which led to the removal of suspicious Afghan personnel, averting a potential green-on-blue attack and earning her the Bronze Star Medal.
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