Commander, Det 590
Lt Col John Collins
Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lieutenant Colonel John W. Collins is Commander, AFROTC Detachment 590, and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The detachment recruits and prepares cadets for service as commissioned officers in the United States Air Force.
Lieutenant Colonel Collins graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in December 1992. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in June 1995, he served one operational C-130 tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and two operational tours at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Collins also served as a flight instructor for C-130 qualification training courses while stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. Most recently, he commanded the 43d Operations Support Squadron at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Collins is a Master Navigator with more than 2,700 flying hours.
Operations/Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Henry L. Sims Jr.
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
Captain Henry L. Sims Jr. currently holds the positions of Operations/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 junior students covering the U.S. Air Force Today, Contemporary Leadership and Management, Air and Space Expeditionary Training and Leadership Laboratory.
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 and in 2014 to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Kabul, Afghanistan in support of the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A). 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.