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 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.
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.
SSgt Nicole Grier
Staff Sergeant Nicole D. Grier is the Noncommissioned Officer (NCOIC), Knowledge Operations Manager. 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!