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Lt Col Eric Theriault

Professor of Aerospace Studies

Lt Col Eric Theriault is the Det 590 Commander. He was the Air Combat Command (ACC) Air Operations Squadron Commander, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) with Detachments at Ramstein AB, Germany, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H), HI. He led the DoD’s single executive agency responsible for moving and delivering all USAF, USN, USMC, and Partner Nations’ fighter aircraft in support of US training and combat operations.

Lt Col Eric Theriault commissioned from California State University San Bernardino in 2000 with a BS in Applied Physics. He has served as an Army liaison officer, Forward Air Controller, and A-10 flight evaluator as Chief of Standardizations and Evaluations at the squadron, Group, and MAJCOM-level. He also served as the Chief, Assured Command and Control Branch for Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, JBPH-H, HI. In 2015, Lt Col Theriault became an Adversary Air mission commander training against the USAF’s premiere fighter aircraft, the F-22. While at JBLE, he served as the 1st Fighter Wing’s Director of Staff, then as the Chief of Safety where he was responsible for the Flight, Occupational, and Weapons Safety programs for two airfields, three flying squadrons, and two groups comprised of over 1,400 Total Force Integrated personnel. He supported a $635 million dollar flying hour program with 46 F-22s and 14 T-38s valued at $6.7 billion dollars

Lt Col Theriault is a command pilot with over 2,300 flight hours, primarily in the A-10A/C as an instructor pilot and flight evaluator. He has flown combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous peace-keeping missions along the demilitarized zone in the Republic of Korea.

Operations Flight Commander

Capt Kendrick Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

Capt Kendrick Fitzgerald is the Operations Flight Commander at Detachment 590, UNC-Chapel Hill.  He graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and commissioned as a Nuclear Missile Operations Officer.  Afterwards, he went to the Training Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California and completed tech school as a Distinguished Graduate that fall.  He began his first assignment at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming as a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander and left in 2016 as an Weapons & Tactics Instructor.  Capt Fitzgerald started his second assignment at Malmstrom AFB, MT as a Missile Combat Crew Commander Evaluator where he completed his Master’s Degree in Counseling.  He finished his time at Malmstrom in the 12th Missile Squadron in summer 2019.  There he served as an Operations Flight Commander for 20 personnel, ensuring that his team was combat mission ready to perform 24/7/365 nuclear missile operations.

Recruiting Flight Commander

Capt Iliana Young

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

Capt Iliana Young is the Education & Recruiting Officer at Detachment 590, UNC-Chapel Hill. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and commissioned as an Intelligence Officer. Capt Young’s first assignment was to the 461st Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, GA in 2017 supporting the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. Capt Young deployed to the Pacific Command area of responsibility in 2018 to support the the 5th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron in their mission to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance. Capt Young then moved in 2019 to her second assignment at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC as the Officer In Charge of the Mission Planning Cell – Readiness Section. She deployed to the Central Command area of responsibility in support of the 336th Fighter Squadron’s Global Response Force activation in 2019. Capt Young supported Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, SPARTAN SHIELD, and the Resolute Support mission while deployed. She returned from her deployment and became the Chief of Intelligence for the 336th Fighter Squadron where she lead 4 personnel who provided direct support to daily flying operations. She finished her time at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base at the 4th Operations Support Squadron in summer 2021. There she served as the Chief of the Combat Intelligence Cell, leading 18 personnel in providing critical intelligence updates to the 4th Fighter Wing leadership and supporting the 4th Fighter Wing in Agile Combat Employment operations.

NCOIC, Administration Management

TSgt Sierra Pickett

TSgt Sierra Pickett is the NCOIC of Administration here at Detachment 590, UNC Chapel-Hill. She graduated basic military training in January of 2012 at Lackland AFB, Texas. She has previously served as Executive Assistant to the Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC, Commanders Support staff for the 552nd Operations Group Commander at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma , NCOIC, Operations Support and Unit Training Manager for AFCENT at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, and deployed in 2015 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve where she served as the 386th EAACS Commander Support Staff. She was a 2013 SrA Below-The-Zone recipient, multiple Airman and NCO of the Quarter Awards and 2 time recipient of the NCO of the Year ISR Contributor Award. She completed her CCAF in Information Management, and is currently finishing up her B.S. in Business Administration.

NCOIC, Personnel

SSgt Deion Wilson

SSgt Wilson is the NCOIC of Personnel. Graduated BMT at Lackland AFB in 2006. Has held multiple positions in the Personnel Career Field (Assignments, Retirements & Separations, Deployments, Reenlistments & Extensions, Promotions, Formal Training, Customer Service and Commander’s Support Staff NCO) at multiple locations to include Vandenberg AFB, CA, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC and Maxwell AFB, AL. Served on 3 deployments in support of Enduring Freedom (Qatar and Kyrgyzstan/Afghanistan) and Freedom’s Sentinel (Qatar). He enjoys the outdoors and is a sports fanatic.