Staff

Current as of February 25, 2016.

Col Andrew C. Hird

Col Andrew C. HirdCol Andy Hird is Commander of AFROTC Detachment 867, Northfield, Vermont. Col Hird leads and manages the administration of the Air Force officer training program at Norwich University. Detachment 867’s nine authorized personnel guide and mentor approximately 150 officer candidates, active and special cadet students through training and professional leadership development as well as instruction in Air Force structure, history and national security affairs.

Col Hird grew up in Missouri. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991 and pilot training at Williams AFB in 1992. Col Hird attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a banked pilot and then began his first operational Air Force role as a logistics officer at Dover AFB and assisted air mobility deployments for Haiti and Rwanda humanitarian operations.

Col Hird has commanded aircrew in the C-141B and C-17A. He is a former C-17A schoolhouse instructor. He has served on the Air Staff, the Central Command Combined Air Operations Center staff and the United States Transportation Command Staff. In addition to his current command, Col Hird commanded the 62nd Operations Group, 517th Firebird Airlift Squadron and the 385th Air Expeditionary Group. He is a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours and has flown combat missions in Operations Deliberate Force, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Education

  • 1991 Bachelor of Science, Physics, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • 1994 Master of Science, Nuclear Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2003 Air Command and Staff College (non-residence)
  • 2004 Army Command and General Staff, Ft Leavenworth, KS
  • 2007 Air War College (non-residence)

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • 2005 Air Force Field Grade Analyst of the Year

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Lt Col Jason R. Zimmermann

Lt Col Zimmerman

Lt Col Jason Zimmermann is the Operations Officer at AFROTC Detachment 867, Northfield, Vermont, joining the unit in August 2016.  Detachment 867’s nine authorized personnel guide and mentor approximately 150 officer candidates, active and special cadet students through training and professional leadership development as well as instruction in Air Force structure, history and national security affairs.

Lt Col Zimmermann grew up in Michigan, and he was a distinguished graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder AFROTC Detachment 105.  After earning a regular commission, Lt Col Zimmermann graduated pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas in 1994.  He began his first operational Air Force assignment as a UH-1N instructor and evaluator pilot at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, flying missile field security, search and rescue, and medevac missions.

After an assignment at the helicopter schoolhouse at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, Lt Col Zimmermann joined the Air Force Reserve in 2002, flying KC-135R tankers out of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.  He has deployed worldwide since then, flying combat missions in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.  From 2010-2011 he taught in the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he also flew the T-52A Gyrfalcon.  He returned to the Air Force Reserve in 2012, deployed three more times in the KC-135R, and is a Command Pilot with almost 6,000 military flying hours.

Education

  • 1992 Bachelor of Arts, Central and Eastern European Studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1998 Master of Arts, European History, University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • 2005 Air Command and Staff College (non-residence)

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • 1997 AFSPC Best Helicopter Crew
  • 1998 90th Operations Group Aircrew of the Year
  • 1998 Olmstead Scholar Alternate

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Capt Zachariah S. Kovarik

Capt Zachariah Kovarik

Captain Zachariah S. Kovarik is the Education Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, VT. In this capacity, he recruits, trains, evaluates, and motivates highly-qualified men and women as prospective officers and instructs the senior-level course on National Security Affairs.

Capt Kovarik graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic. Capt Kovarik commissioned through AFROTC into the Air Force as an Intelligence Officer in October 2008. Following the Intelligence Officer Course, Capt Kovarik was assigned to the 314 Airlift Wing (AW), supporting the Air Force’s primary C-130 Formal Training Unit. Capt Kovarik deployed to Iraq as the chief of document and media exploitation (DOMEX) for Contingency Operating Base (COB) Basrah, supporting the Special Operations Task Force. Capt Kovarik then returned to the 314 AW as the Senior Intelligence Officer. Capt Kovarik later deployed as a Staff Officer at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to his current position, Capt Kovarik was a Staff Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Education

  • 2008 Bachelor of Arts, Arabic, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
  • 2009 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), AL
  • 2015 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

Assignments

  1. December 2008-May 2010, Student, Intelligence Officer Course, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  2. May 2010-August 2011, Chief of Intelligence Operations, 314 Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR (February 2011-August 2011, DOMEX Chief, COB Basrah, Iraq)
  3. August 2011-May 2013, Senior Intelligence Officer, 314 Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR
  4. May 2013-May 2016, Staff Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC (May 2014-November 2014, Staff Officer, ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan)
  5. May 2016-PRESENT, Education Flight Commander, AFROTC Det 867 – Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Second Lieutenant October 1, 2008
  • First Lieutenant November 1, 2010
  • Captain November 1, 2012

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Capt Jason P. Rimmelin

Capt Jason RimmelinCaptain Jason P. Rimmelin is the Educational Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867, Norwich University. In this capacity, Captain Rimmelin recruits, trains, and motivates highly-qualified young men and women as prospective officers and instructs the senior-level course on the National Security Affairs of the US Air Force.

Captain Rimmelin entered the Air Force through the Officer Training School (OTS) program at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. After commissioning, he spent one year stationed at Goodfellow AFB where he graduated the Intelligence Officer Course and the Air and Space Basic Course. He then served at a Distributed Ground Station as a Mission Operations Commander, Instructor and Program Manager. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Prior to his arrival at Norwich, he was the Senior Intelligence Duty Officer at Osan AB in Korea.

Captain Rimmelin assumed his present position in July 2015.

Education

  • 2007 Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities-Prelaw, University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas
  • 2010 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2014 Master of Arts degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies, American Military University

Assignments

  1. Oct 2010 – Jun 2011, Student, Intelligence Officer Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  2. Jun 2011 – Jul 2014, Mission Operations Commander, Flight Commander of ISR Operations, Missions Operations Commander Program Manager, Executive Officer, 13th Intelligence Squadron, 548th Operations Support Squadron, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Beale AFB, CA
  3. Jul 2014 – Jul 2015, Senior Intelligence Duty Officer, 607th Air and Space Operations Command, Osan AB, SKORE
  4. Jul 2015 – Present, Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 867, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Medal with four leaf clusters
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • AF Longevity Service
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • NATO Medal

Other Achievements

  • DG OTS/AOC IFTU Graduate
  • Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, 13 IS, 2012
  • Superior Performer, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, 2014

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Second Lieutenant May 28, 2010
  • First Lieutenant May 28, 2012
  • Captain May 28, 2014

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TSgt Gary DeDominick

TSgt Gary DeDominickSergeant De Dominick is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Personnel for Air Force ROTC Detachment 867. In this capacity, Sergeant De Dominick manages personnel records for 6 cadre and 193 AFROTC cadets. He also monitors/updates all cadet pay actions-tuition, fees, subsistence/textbook funds in excess of $1.2M annually. Sergeant De Dominick oversees cadet life-cycle personnel actions-medical, physical, enlistments, categorization and the cadet commissioning process. He instructs the freshman-level course on the Foundations of the US Air Force.

Sergeant De Dominick is a native of New York State. He entered the USAF in Sep 1999. As a career personnelist, he has served in numerous positions including Test Administrator USMEPCOM, South Dakota, NCOIC of Personnel Detachment 780 South Dakota State University, NCOIC 32 FTS Commander’s Support Staff, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma as well as Relocations, Evaluations, and Special Actions VAFB, OK.

Education

  • 2003 Airman Leadership School
  • 2004 Associates Degree (Community College of the Air Force), Human Resources and Personnel Administration
  • 2006 Bachelor of Science in Technical Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 2010 Master of Education degree in Administration of Student Affairs, South Dakota State University
  • 2013 NCO Academy

Assignments

  1. Jun – Jul 1999, Basic Training, Lackland AFB, TX
  2. Jul – Aug 1999, Student, Technical Training, Keesler AFB, MS
  3. Sep 1999 – May 2001, Relocations, Vance Air Force Base, OK
  4. May 2001 – May 2002 Base Evaluations monitor, Vance Air Force Base, OK
  5. May 2002 – May 2004 32nd Flying Training Squadron NCOIC, Commander’s Support Staff
  6. May 2004- May 2005, Relocations, Vance Air Force Base, OK
  7. May 2005- Jul 2006, Base Special Actions and Unfavorable Information File monitor
  8. Jul 2006- Aug 2011, NCOIC, Personnel Detachment 780, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  9. Aug 2011- Jul 2014, Test Administrator, Sioux Falls Military Entrance Processing Station, Sioux Falls, SD
  10. Jul 2014- present, NCOIC, Personnel Detachment 867, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Training Ribbon

Other Achievements

  • #1 Below the Zone – Step Promoted
  • Personnelist of the Year
  • NCO of the Year
  • Airman of the Quarter, multiple
  • NCO of the Quarter, multiple
  • Test Administrator Unit and Battalion level Quarterly Award

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Airman Basic: May 26, 1999
  • Airman: Nov 26, 1999
  • Airman 1st Class: Sep 26, 2000
  • Senior Airman Nov 26, 2001
  • Staff Sergeant: Jan 1, 2003
  • Technical Sergeant: Aug 1, 2011

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SSgt Crystal Barba

SSgt Crystal BarbaStaff Sergeant Barba is the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Administration Management, Detachment 867, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. She also monitors/updates all cadet medical, physical-tuition, fees, subsistence/textbook funds in excess of $1.2M annually. Sergeant Barba oversees cadet life-cycle personnel actions-medical, physical, enlistments, categorization and the cadet commissioning process.

Her military decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Education

  • 2011 Air Force, Airman Leadership School
  • 2015 Associate of Applied Science, Information Resources Management, Community College of the Air Force
  • Present Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course
  • Present University of Maryland University College

Assignmments

  1. April 2008 to May 2008, Lackland AFB, Texas
  2. May 2008 to August 2008, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  3. September 2008 to February 2011, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  4. February 2011 to February 2015, Peterson AFB, Colorado
  5. February 2015 to present, Norwich University, Vermont

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
  • Air Force Longevity Service
  • United States Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon

Other Achievements

  • 76th Space Control Squadron, Peterson AFB, Airman of the 3rd Quarter, 2011
  • 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Airman of the 1st Quarter, 2012
  • 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Airman of the 1st Quarter, 2012

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Airman First Class, 16 May 2008
  • Senior Airman, 16 September 2010
  • Staff Sergeant, 1 June 2012

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SSgt John C. Roy III

SSgt John C Roy III

Staff Sergeant Roy is the Noncommissioned Officer, Administration Management, Detachment 867, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He oversees cadet life-cycle personnel actions—medical, physical, enlistments, categorization and the cadet commissioning process.

Sergeant Roy is a native of Washington.  He entered the USAF in December 2009, as a Knowledge Operations Manager.

His military decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Education

  • 2015 Air Force, Airman Leadership School
  • Present American Military University

Assignmments

  1. December 2009 to January 2010, Lackland AFB, Texas
  2. January 2010 to September 2012, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  3. September 2012 to April 2016, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
  4. May 2016 to present, Norwich University, Vermont

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service
  • Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Airman First Class, 28 February 2010
  • Senior Airman, 26 June 2012
  • Staff Sergeant, 1 November 2015

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