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    Detachment 012 Cadre

    Page last updated 2/11/2015

    Detachment 012, located at Samford University, serves the entire Birmingham area, with students coming from Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Miles College, Jefferson State Community College, University of Montevallo, and Birmingham Southern. Detachment 012 has been forging United States Air Force leaders for over 40 years. With an average freshman class of 20 cadets, Det 012 offers individual instruction and great opportunities to lead. Cadets commissioning from Det 012 have gone on to be pilots, navigators, dieticians, behavioral psychologists, nurses, doctors, dentists, engineers and much more. We have a tradition of excellence and work our hardest to help every cadet succeed in the program. If you are interested in joining our team of outstanding future leaders for America's Air Force, click on the contact link and let us know!


    Travis D. Dixon

    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.

    Jacob C. Ringrose

    Jacob C. Ringrose, 1Lt, USAF

    Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
    Operations Flight Commander

    B.S., Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
    Pursuing M.S., Operations Management, University of Alabama

    1Lt Ringrose is originally from Eagle Point, Oregon. He spent his first assignment serving at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. During this time he was a Civil Engineer for the 14th Civil Engineer Squadron where he worked as a Base Developmental Engineer and Chief of Operations Engineering. 1Lt Ringrose now serves as the Operations Flight Commander at Samford University’s Detachment 012. 1Lt Ringrose is ecstatic to work in the AFROTC career field and thrilled to help mold and shape future officers of the Air Force.

    Jaria C. Howard

    Jaria C. Howard, MSgt, USAF

    Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Personnel

    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

    Nawang Dhondup, SSgt, USAF

    Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Knowledge Operations Manager

    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.


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