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Commander Biography

Commander Biography

Lieutenant Colonel Erin M. Dunagan

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 Lieutenant Colonel Erin Dunagan is the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 017 at Troy University. She serves as head of Troy University's Aerospace Studies department, instructs senior courses on national security affairs, supervises five faculty and staff members, and has overall responsibility for training and mentoring more than 50 students preparing to become Air Force or Space Force officers.

Lt Col Erin Dunagan graduated from Troy University in 2000 with a Bachelor's in Political Science and Spanish. She entered the Air Force in December 2002 after receiving her commission through the Alabama State University ROTC program. Later she attended the University of Cincinnati, earning a Master's degree in Criminal Justice in 2007.

She began her Air Force career as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile crew member, instructor, and flight commander at the 91st Missile Wing, Minot, ND. Her next assignment was at the 614th Air and Space Operations Center at Vandenburg AFB, CA at the Chief of the Orbital Protection Cell followed by the Chief of Training for the Operations Support Division.  She served as Chief of Space Training at Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, DC where she provided policy/oversight for initial skills, joint/allied, and executive space training and exercises. She continued her space career at the Commander, 18th Space Control Squadron, Detachment One responsible for the employment of the Space Data Mission Processing weapon system as well directing the Distributive Space Command and Control-Dahlgren mission through 24/7 surveillance of more than 22 thousand space objects while providing continuous operations of $13 million detachment.

EDUCATION:

2000, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Troy University, Troy, AL
2003, Air and Space Basic Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004, Officer Space Prerequisite Training, Vandenburg AFB, CA
2004, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Initial Qualification Training, Vandenburg AFB, CA
2007, Master of Science, Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2008, Space Warfighter Prep Course, Advanced Space Operations School, Colorado Springs, CO
2009, Squadron Officer School (Residence), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010, Space 200, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, CO
2012, Air Command and Staff College, correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL
2015, Space 300, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, CO
2021, Air War College, correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

Feb 04 - Oct 04, Space and Missile Operations Student, 392st Training Group, Vandenburg AFB, CA
Oct 04 - Dec 05, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Deputy Commander, 742d Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, ND
Dec 05 - Jan 07, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Instructor Deputy Commander, 91st Operations Support Squadron, Minot AFB, ND
Jan 07 - May 07, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Assistant Flight Commander, 742d Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, ND
May 07 - Aug 09, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Flight Commander, 742d Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, ND
Aug 09 - June 10, Orbital Protection Duty Officer, 614th Air & Space Operations Center, Vandenburg AFB, CA
June 10 - May 11, Chief, Orbital Protection Operations, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenburg AFB, CA
May 11 - June 12, Chief, Space Analysis Cell, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenburg AFB, CA
June 12 - Apr 13, Chief, 614 Air and Space Operations Center Training, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenburg AFB, CA
Apr 13 - May 15, Chief, Space Training Branch, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, DC
June 15 - June 16, Commander, 614th Air Operations Center, Detachment 1, Dahlgren, VA
June 16 - June 18, Commander, 18th Space Control Squadron, Detachment 1, Dahlgren, VA
June 18 - June 20, Director of Operations, 21st Student Squadron, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
June 20 - June 21, Chief of Cadre Training, Standardization and Evaluation, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Maxwell AFB, AL
June 21 - Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 017, Troy University, AL

 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant                                13 December 2002
First Lieutenant                                      13 December 2004
Captain                                                        13 December 2006
Major                                                            01 November 2012
Lieutenant Colonel                              01 September 2017