Commander, Det 590
Lt Col Bradford Green
Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lieutenant Colonel Green is the Commander of Detachment 590 and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and educating Air Force officer candidates in preparation for active duty in the United States Air Force.
Lt Col Green entered the Air Force in 1993 via AFROTC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. He later received Master’s Degrees in Solar and Space Sciences and Business Administration. Lt Col Green is a career weather officer who has held a variety of operational and staff assignments at the squadron, wing, major command, and Headquarters Air Force levels. He has served in multiple positions overseas, to include tours in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, and a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Most recently, Lt Col Green served as Chief, Space Operations Plans in the Air Force Weather Directorate at the Pentagon, where he was their space weather subject matter expert. In that capacity, he advocated for the Department of Defense’s next generation weather satellite and worked closely with other federal agencies to improve environmental battlespace awareness for our nation.
Operations Flight Commander
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
Captain Steven P. Duckers currently holds the position of Operations Flight Commander at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this capacity, he is responsible for supervising, evaluating, and facilitating the performance of all Det 590 Cadets. Additionally, he leads, trains, counsels and evaluates highly qualified young men & women as prospective AF officers. Furthermore, Captain Duckers is the liaison between the detachment commander & the cadet wing and mentors cadets through an aggressive unit training program. He directs and supervises leadership laboratory, cadet military/field training while providing military discipline and career guidance. Lastly, Captain Duckers instructs a curriculum covering Leadership Studies.
Captain Duckers was commissioned in 2008 through Officer Training School. After OTS he was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, where he was Communications Squadron Executive Officer as well as the Officer in Charge of the High Frequency Global Communications System Network Control Station West. Captain Duckers has also spent 6 months as a deployed network operations Crew Commander in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Recruiting Flight Commander
“I’m recruiting even when I’m not.”
Captain Henry L. Sims Jr.
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
Captain Henry L. Sims Jr. currently holds the position of Recruiting Flight Commander at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this capacity, he is responsible for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and motivated cadets. Captain Sims works closely with potential cadets and their parents to explain the AFROTC program and assist them in the scholarship application process. He also works with area academic advisors ensuring high school students have the most up-to-date information about the opportunities that AFROTC provides. Lastly, Captain Sims instructs a curriculum to freshman and sophomore students covering the Air Force mission and the history of air and space power.
NCOIC, Cadet Personnel Actions
As a career Knowledge Operations Manager, she has served in numerous positions including Information Manager for the 90th Flying Training Squadron, ENJJPT, Sheppard AFB TX, Security Forces Information Manager, Izmir TU, Airman Leadership School Information Manager, Luke AFB AZ, and NCOIC, Sharepoint/Content Manager, Luke AFB AZ. While attached to Detachment 590, in 2011 Sergeant Karaşahin deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ashford University in 2012 and currently working on her Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree.