Air Force ROTC – Detachment 430

University of Mississippi

Lt Col Theresa Beaver, Commander

Biography

Lt Col Theresa D. Beaver is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 430, University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. She is the Department Chair and Professor of Aerospace Studies, leads a cadre of instructors and support staff, and is responsible for recruiting, training, and commissioning the leaders of tomorrow’s Air Force.

Lt Col Beaver entered the Air Force in January 1989 and served eleven years as an enlisted Communication-Computer Systems Operator.  She was accepted into the Airman Education and Commissioning Program in 1997 and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2000.  She attended Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama before beginning her career as a Cyberspace Operations Officer and later went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2005.

Lt Col Beaver has served in many leadership positions at the flight, squadron, major command, and forward operating agency levels.  She had the privilege of deploying to Balad AB, Iraq in 2006 as a U.S. Special Operations Command Historian.  Prior to her current position, Lt Col Beaver was the Operations Officer for AFROTC Detachment 880, Virginia Military Institute, the third largest ROTC detachment in the Air Force.

Education

2000   Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

2000   Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

2001   Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2005   Master of Science, Computer Science, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

2006   Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2007   Advanced Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

2013   Cyber 300, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

2013   Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

Assignments

  1. December 2000 – June 2001, Support Flight Commander, 886 Communications Squadron, Sembach AB, Germany
  2. June 2011 – April 2002, OIC Information Systems Support, 786 Communications Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
  3. May 2002 – August 2003, OIC Plans and Mobility, 86 Communications Squadron, Ramstein, AB, Germany
  4. August 2003 – June 2005 Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
  5. June 2005 – November 2006, OIC Requirements and CIO Support, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida (July – October 2006, U.S. Special Operations Command Historian, Balad AB, Iraq
  6. November 2006 – October 2007, Chief, C4I Programs, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  7. October 2007 – October 2008, Executive Officer, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  8. October 2008 – June 2009, Chief C4I Programs, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  9. June 2009 – November 2009, Information Technology Portfolio Manager, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas
  10. November 2009 – August 2011, Chief Enterprise Management Branch, AFISRA, Lackland AFB, Texas
  11. September 2011 – July 2013, Deputy Chief, Maintenance Division, AFISRA, Lackland AFB, Texas
  12. July 2013 – July 2016, Operations Officer, AFROTC Detachment 880, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia
  13. July 2016 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 430, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

Major Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal

Air Force Good Conduct medal with two oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Service Medal

Other Achievements

1996   Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School

2000   Distinguished Graduate, Basic Communications Officer Training

2006   Top Third Graduate, Squadron Officer School

2012   Joint Base San Antonio Federal Women’s History Month Field Grade Officer of the Year

2015   Field Grade Officer of the Year, AFROTC Southeast Region

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant August 18, 2000

First Lieutenant August 18, 2002

Captain August 18, 2004

Major July 1, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 2015

(Current as of October 2016)