Cadre

Commander, Det 590

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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.

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Operations Flight Commander

 Captain Steven Duckers

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.

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Operations/Recruiting Flight Commander

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Captain Henry L. Sims Jr.

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

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       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.

       Captain Sims was commissioned through Officer Training School after graduating from Park University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Computer Information Systems. His first assignment as an officer was at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, where he worked as the Officer in Charge of the Network Control Center and eventually was selected to be the Squadron and Group Executive Officer. Concurrently, he attended Park University and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs/Management of Information Systems. He has also served four years in a prior enlisted capacity in the United States Marine Corps as well as seven years enlisted in the United States Air Force.

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NCOIC, Cadet Personnel Actions

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TSgt Joshua Davis
        TSgt Joshua J. Davis is the NCOIC of Cadet Personnel Actions at UNC-Chapel Hill NC.  He is responsible for managing and updating personnel records for Cadre and Cadet Members.  Originally from Maryland, TSgt Davis enlisted as a Security Force Officer in 2001 and was assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB. There he became a proficient security patrolman and law enforcement control officer.  After an outstanding six years he retrained into the Personnelist career field and was relocated to Dover AFB.  TSgt Davis has accomplished a CCAF in Criminal Justice and completed five deployment tours which include: Cairo West Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and 2 Iraq tours.  Excited about the opportunity to have a part in the AFROTC program he looks forward to overseeing the cadet life cycle and ultimately their commissioning.
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NCOIC, Administration Management
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TSgt Angela Karasahin
       Technical Sergeant Angela Karaşahin currently holds the position of Noncommissioned Officer (NCOIC), Administration Management.  As NCOIC, Sergeant Karaşahin is responsible for the Records Management Program, security clearances, monitors/updates all cadet medical information, physicals, and oversees tuition, fees, and subsistence/textbook funds in excess.

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.

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NCOIC, Administration Management

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SSgt Nicole Grier

          

      Staff Sergeant Nicole D. Grier is the Noncommissioned Officer (NCOIC), Administration Management.  As NCOIC, Sergeant Grier is responsible for the Records Management Program, security clearances, monitors/updates all cadet medical information, physicals, and oversees tuition, fees, and subsistence/textbook funds in excess.

 SSgt Grier was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and graduated from Selma High School in Selma, Alabama.  Entering the Air Force in January 2006, after two years of attending The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, she reported to LAFB, Texas for basic military training. She started her Air Force career as an Information Manager assigned at Malmstrom AFB Montana. As an information manager, an SSgt Grier duty experience includes lead Information Technology Technician Osan AB, Korea, and SharePoint Base Administrator at Patrick AFB, Florida. Currently SSgt Grier is 12 semester credits from earning a Bachelor of Arts Applied Science in Psychology from Ashford University. SSgt Grier is honored to have this opportunity to engage with the future Air Force leaders of tomorrow!