The 2012-2013 United States Air Force Academy cohort of 21 carefully screened masters degree students is in the final semester of their preparation program. In June 2013 these officers, all majors, will assume command of cadet squadrons at the Air Force Academy. As commanders, they will supervise the leadership, academic and athletic activities of cadets assigned to their squadrons. To complete their rigorous program in Counseling and Leadership Studies, the officers will be required to successfully present a proposal based on their research, reviewing the challenges they may encounter as commanders; then they will defend their plans to address the challenges. In addition to this oral defense, the officers will be required to complete a written comprehensive examination describing the actions they would take as commanders to various student issues that might arise in their squadrons. Upon successful completion of all requirements, each officer will receive the Masters Degree in Counseling and Leadership presented at Department of Counseling and Human Services graduation ceremony held on campus May 23, 2013.
Maj. Melissa May was honored during the Women's History Month luncheon at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., March 17, 2010. Major May, a senior F-16 Falcon pilot who earned a Distinguished Flying Cross medal for a 2003 mission over Baghdad, was the luncheon's guest speaker. She is currently an air officer commanding for Cadet Squadron 21 at the Air Force Academy. Colonel Sandene is the 21st SW individual mobilization augmentee.
Major Scott Poteet finished the Ironman Triathalon ranked 225th among more than 1,800 competitors. The race includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 110-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Major Poteet finished 38th in his division. He said, "I'm very pleased with how I did; as expected, it was a tough race. I'm really happy and was excited to represent the Air Force and it was a great experience overall." Poteet was one of nine racers chosen to represent their military service, with at least one representative present from each service.
Maj. Scott "Kidd" Poteet, an Air Officer in Command for Cadet Squadron 02, trains for the 2010 Ironman Triathlon at the Cadet Gym pool Oct. 4, 2010 in the hills on the west side of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Poteet's regimen includes more than three hours of training per day biking, swimming and running. He typically rides 300-350 miles per week. The Ironman Triathlon takes place Oct. 9 in Kona, Hawaii.
The combined UCCS and USAFA AOC masters program has been an incredible opportunity to spend a year not only learning about the techniques and practices of both leadership and counseling, but it has also importantly provided the chance to get to know myself just a bit more within a full-time academic environment dedicated to my fellow cohort mates and my development. This self-awareness, combined with leadership and counseling theory and practice is undoubtedly preparing us for the challenges of Air Officer Command. There is no other command tour that I can think of that affords you the opportunity to spend a year preparing for the dynamics of those upcoming duties. Push your personal boundaries and comfort zones throughout the program and take advantage of this outstanding year devoted to your development. I know it will be a great year for you and your families. You will do great and the cadets will ultimately benefit from your hard work and enhanced leadership skill set.
- Bob “Bruno” Bryant, 2010-2011 Counseling and Leadership Cohort