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Lt. Col. Matthew R. Manning

Lt. Col. Matthew R. Manning

Detachment 003 Commander
Professor of Aerospace Studies
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Manning is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 003, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. He is responsible for recruiting, educating, training, and inspiring men and women to become the highest quality leaders in the United States Air Force.

Lieutenant Colonel Manning was commissioned in 2001 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps upon graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Organization Management from George Washington University in 2008.

Lieutenant Colonel Manning is a command pilot with more than 2600 flying hours in fighter and training aircraft, including over 270 combat hours. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Manning served as a T-38 Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals Instructor Pilot, Operations Support Squadron Director of Operations, Wing Chief of Safety, and T-6 Instructor Pilot at the 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, TX. As an Instructor Pilot in both the T-38 and T-6 he was responsible for instructing students on the fundamental flying skills requisite for NATO combat pilots.

Lieutenant Colonel Manning has deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN; as well as to South Korea in support a Theater Security Package. During his most recent deployment, he served as the Chief of the Strategy Guidance Team in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.

EDUCATION

  • 2000 Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
  • 2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  • 2008 Master of Arts Degree, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2008 Air Force Intern Program, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • 2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL., by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS

  • March 2001 – August 2001, Assistant Detachment Recruiting Officer, AFROTC Det 770, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
  • August 2001 – September 2002, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX.
  • September 2002 – July 2006, Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander, 84th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX.
  • July 2006 – November 2008, Air Force Intern Program, The Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  • November 2008 – September 2009, Student F-15E training, 333rd Fight Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.
  • September 2009 – June 2012, Assistant Director of Operations, 494th Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
  • June 2012 – May 2014, Course Director and Executive Officer, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  • May 2014 – May 2015, Strategy Guidance Team Chief, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
  • May 2015 – June 2019, T-38 Introduction Fighter Fundamentals Instructor Pilot, 88th Fighter Training Squadron; Director of Operations, 80th Operations Support Squadron; T-6 Instructor Pilot, 89 Flying Training Squadron; and Wing Chief of Safety, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, TX.
  • June 2019 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 003, University of Houston, Houston, TX

FLIGHT INFORMATION

  • Rating:  Command Pilot
  • Flight hours:  More than 2600
  • Aircraft flown:  F-15E, T-6, T-38, T-37

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air & Space Campaign Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • NATO Medal

(Current as of July 2019)

Captain Randi Williams

Captain Randi Williams

Operations Flight Commander
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

Capt Randi D. Williams is the Operations Flight Commander for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 003, Univeristy of Houston, Texas. She is responsible for recruiting, educating, and training officer candidates preparing them to be future leaders in the United States Air Force.

Capt Williams commissioned through Officer Training School in July 2012. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2009. In 2017, she earned her Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She has a total of eight years active duty and served as a flight test engineer, operations research analyst, and chief of plans and programs. Her previous assignments include Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. and Ramstein Air Base, Germany. She has deployed in support of United States Africa Command. Prior to her current position, the captain was a theater analyst for Headquarters United States Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa, Analysis, Assessments, and Lessons Learned, at Ramstein AB, Germany.

EDUCATION

  • 2009 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • 2009 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • 2017 Master of Science, Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • 2018 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. April 2012–July 2012, Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  2. July 2012–August 2015, F-16 Flight Test Engineer, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla. 
  3. August 2015–June 2017, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  4. July 2017–July 2020, Theater Analyst, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA A9, Ramstein AB, Germany (September 2019–May 2020, Chief of Plans and Programs, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany)
  5. July 2020–Present, AFROTC Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Det 003, University of Houston, Texas

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
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Captain T.J. O'Connor

Education and Recruiting Officer
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

Capt Anthony R. O’Connor Jr. is the Education and Recruiting Officer for Air Force ROTC Detachment 003, University of Houston. He is responsible for cadet operations, training, recruiting, and preparing officer candidates for Air Force commissioning through a comprehensive college program. Detachment 003 is composed of over 60 cadets from 15 colleges and universities in the Houston, Texas area.

Capt O’Connor entered the Air Force in 2013 after earning his commission from the United States Air Force Academy. He completed Undergraduate Cyber Training in June of 2014. Additionally, Capt O’Connor is a member of both the U.S. All-Air Force and U.S. Armed Forces Men’s National Soccer Teams having represented the U.S in the 2019 Military World Games in China and the 2017 Military World Cup in Oman. Prior to his current position, the captain was the Operations Flight Commander, 361st Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

EDUCATION

  • 2013 Bachelor of Science, Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 2019 Masters of Business Administration, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
  • 2019 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala, Distinguished Graduate

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. June 2013–June 2014, Student, Undergraduate Cyber Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
  2. June 2014–December 2014, Wing Information Assurance Officer-In-Charge, 707th Communications Squadron, Fort Meade, Md.
  3. January 2015–December 2015, Client Service Center OIC, 707th Communications Squadron, Fort Meade, Md.
  4. January 2016–May 2016, Deputy Commander, Operations Flight, 707th Communications Squadron, Fort Meade, Md.
  5. June 2016–June 2017, Assistant Director of Operations, 659th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, Fort Meade, Md.
  6. June 2017–April 2019, Commander, Support Flight, 361st Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
  7. May 2019–July 2020, Commander, Operations Flight, 361st Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
  8. July 2020–Present, Education and Recruiting Officer, AFROTC Detachment 003, University of Houston, Houston, TX

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
TSgt LaToya M. Leon

MSgt LaToya M. Leon

Detachment 003 Non-commissioned Officer in Charge 
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

MSgt LaToya M. Leon is the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of Administration for Detachment 003. She is responsible for managing personnel records and processing personnel issues for 7 cadre, 15 AFIT/AECP students and over 77 cadets. She is responsible for the life cycle of over 100 cadets from 17 colleges and universities in the Houston Texas area.

EDUCATION

  • 2002, Information Management Technical School, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 2007, Airman Leadership School, Okinawa, Japan
  • 2015, NCO Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL

ASSIGNMENTS

  • July 2002-October 2005, Information Manager, 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  • July 2005-October 2006, Information Manager, 90th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  • November 2006- October 2008 Operations Information Manager, 390th Intelligence Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
  • October 2008 - July 2011 87th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, Fort George G. Meade, MD
  • July 2011- September 2012, NCOIC Knowledge Operations Management, 5th Field Investigation , Osan AB, Korea
  • October 2012- February 2015, Knowledge Operations Manager, 87th Mission Support Group, JBMDL, NJ
  • February 2015- November 2016, Knowledge Operations Manager, 87th Mission Support Group, JBMDL, NJ
  • November 2016 – Present, NCOIC Admin Management, AFROTC Detachment 003, University of Houston, Houston, TX

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

 

SSgt Erika N Collins

SSgt Erika N. Collins

Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of Personnel
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

SSgt Erika N Collins is the Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of Personnel for Detachment 003. She is responsible for managing personnel records and processing personnel issues for 6 cadre, 24 AFIT/AECP students and over 77 cadets. She is responsible for the life cycle of over 100 cadets from 17 colleges and universities in the Houston Texas area.

EDUCATION

  • 2012 Personnel Technical School, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 2015 Airman Leadership School, Randolph AFB, Texas

ASSIGNMENTS

  • October 2012 – February 2015, Student Assignments Technician, 802 FSS, Lackland AFB, Texas
  • February 2015 – August 2017, NCOIC Foreign Language Pay Bonus, AFPC, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • August 2017 – Present, NCOIC Personnel, AFROTC Detachment 003, University of Houston, Houston, TX

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • AF Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • AF Longevity Service
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
  • AF Training Ribbon

 

Mrs. Lisa Meza-Duran

Mrs. Lisa Meza-Duran

Office Supervisor
3875 Holman Street Room 109
Houston TX 77204-5048

Lisa Duran is Office Supervisor, Air Force ROTC Detachment 003, at the University of Houston. A University of Houston employee, Mrs. Duran is responsible for preparing officer candidates for Air Force commissioning through a comprehensive college program. Detachment 003 is composed of over 100 cadets from 17 colleges and universities in the Houston, Texas area.

She graduated from University of Houston in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. She is currently getting her certification in Teaching. Ms. Duran has been with Detachment 003 since it stood up.

MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS

  • SW Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 Oct – Dec.  2006
  • SW Region Civilian of the Year, 1 Jan. – 31 Dec. 2006
  • SW Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 Oct – Dec. 2007
  • SW Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 Jan. – 31 Mar 2008
  • Sw Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 July – Sept. 2008
  • SW Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 Jan – Mar. 2010
  • SW Region Civilian of the Quarter, 1 Apr – 30 June 2011
  • SW Region Civilian of the Year, 1 Jan – 31 Dec. 2011

 

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