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Commander Biography

Commander Biography



 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.


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



  Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, VT-10, NAS, Pensacola, FL.
  Student, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
  Student, B-1 Initial Qualification Course, 28th BS Dyess AFB, TX
  B-1 WSO, Unit Deployment Manager and Scheduler, 37th BS, Ellsworth AFB, TX.
  Student, T-43A Instructor Qualification Course, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
  Instructor EWO/ CSO and Course Director, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
  Instructor EWO/ CSO and Flt CC, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
  Instructor EWO/ CSO Chief of Training, Chief of Staff/ Eval, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
  RC-26 Instructor MSO & Scheduler, 147 RW, Ellington JRB, TX.
  Policy and Joint Plans Staff Officer, HQ 1st AF, Tyndall AFB, FL.
  Deputy Division Chief, Plans, HQ 1st AF, Tyndall AFB, FL.
  Strategic Planner, Chief Travel Branch, NGB- CAG, Pentagon, Washington, DC.
Jul 2018- Present Commander, AFROTC Detachment 017, Troy University, AL.


Rating Senior Navigator
Flight Hours More than 2,800 Hours ; 138 Combat Missions
Aircrafts Flown E-3, T-34, T-39, T-1, T-43. B-1B, RC-26



 Meritorious Service Medal with two devices
 Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one device
Air Force Commendation Medal with one device
 Navy Commendation Medal
 Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with 8 devices
AF Good Conduct Medal with one device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one device
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Short)
AF Longevity Service with one device
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device
 AF Training Ribbon with one device
NATO Medal (Non-Article 5)



Second Lieutenant Aug 18, 2000
First Lieutenant Aug 18, 2002
Captain Aug 18, 2004
Major Jul 1, 2010
Lt Col Nov 18, 2015

(Current as of August 2020)