Travis D. Dixon, Lt Col, USAF, Ph.D.
Professor of Aerospace Studies
Commander, AFROTC Detachment 012
B.S., Business Administration, Auburn University at Montgomery
M.S., Business Administration, Regis University
M.A.,Military Operational Art and Science, Air University
Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University
Lieutenant Colonel Dixon is a native of Equality, Alabama. He is a career Air Force officer with over 21 years of active duty service. As an operator, he served in various positions within the Space and Missile career field as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Crew Member, an ICBM Initial Qualification Instructor/Evaluator, an Atlas Space Lift Crew Member, and a Space Lift Range Operations Officer. As a staff officer at Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command, he supervised the acquisition of training systems for all Space and Missile technical training programs before being assigned to the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College as a student and instructor. Prior to assuming his duties at Samford University, he served as a Deputy Department Chair for the Air Command and Staff College’s Distance Learning program, as well as an Assistant Professor teaching Leadership and Command, Leadership and Warfare, and Airpower History. Lieutenant Colonel Dixon is thankful for the opportunity and privilege of serving his country, Samford University, and the cadets and staff of Detachment 012.
Holly R. Jaenz, Capt, USAF
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
Operations Flight Commander
Education: B.A., Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi
Captain Jaenz grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Her Seven year career as an Air Force Acquisition Officer has been spent serving in a variety of positions which include Chief, F-22 IT Programs, Combat Talon Lead Program Manager and USAF Precision Attack Section Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. She currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Operations Flight Commander for Detachment 012. While instructing the 200 level AFROTC curriculum, Captain Jaenz also directs the entire corps of cadets during their weekly Leadership Laboratory where cadets receive practical training in leadership development.
Jaria C. Howard, MSgt, USAF
Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Personnel
Education: B.A., Business Administration, University of Maryland
MSgt Howard is originally from Flint, MI. She is a career personnelist with 15+ years of experience to our nation. She gained a plethora of experience and knowledge by completing several tour assignments, to include Holloman AFB, NM, Osan Air Base, Korea, Andersen Air Base, GU and Incirlik AB, Turkey. Eventually, she was assigned to Fort Meade, MD, where she was Section Chief of Force Mgt and Customer Service managing 2800+ assigned customers while supervising 8 other personnel. As a PERSCO NCOIC, she contributed to the war on terrorism by completing a 6 month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan. She convoyed outside the wire to inprocess and account for new arrivals geographically separated throughout Kabul. MSgt Howard is now assigned to Samford University as a personnelist in AFROTC, which has given her an excellent opportunity to impact college students pursuing a future in the Air Force as commissioned officers, affording her yet another way to contribute to the Air Force.
Nawang Dhondup, SSGT, USAF
Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Knowledge Operations Manager
Education: Pursuing Community College of Air Force, Information Management, American Military University
SSgt Dhondup is a Tibetan American originally from Blaine, MN. He spent his first four years of his enlistment at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. During this period, he supported the 5th Operations Group, 5th Maintenance Group, and the 5th Bomb Wing as a Knowledge Operations Manager. In 2010, he was deployed to Shindand, Afghanistan as a JET Airman and was assigned to the 445 AEAS. SSgt Dhondup now serves as a Knowledge Operator at Samford University’s Detachment 012. SSgt Dhondup is committed and feels blessed to help the cadets become United States Air Force Officers.