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Lt Col Cheryl Deloughery 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 the university’s Aerospace Studies department, instructs senior and sophomore courses on national security affairs and airpower history, supervises five faculty and staff members, and has overall responsibility for training and mentoring more than 60 students preparing to become Air Force officers.

Lt Col Deloughery is a career civil engineer that has served at the base-level, Major Command staffs, the Air Force Personnel Center, and at the Pentagon on the Air Staff.  She has deployments to Diyarbakir, Turkey and Baghdad in 2003 and Qayarrah and Basrah, Iraq in 2008.  Lt Col Deloughery earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1998 and obtained a commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  She is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 


Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, May 2017
Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL, June 2011
Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Ohio, 2005 - present
Master of Public Administration, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, August 2001
B.E. Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, May 1998


July 98 – Sep 01 Support Group Executive Officer and Environmental Engineer, 82d Support Group, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
Sep 01 – Aug 02 Project Programmer, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
Aug 02 – Mar 05 Chief, Maintenance Engineering and Programming, 1st Civil Engineer Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia
Mar 05 – Aug 07 Chief, Civil Engineer Officer Assignments, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas
Aug 07 – Mar 09 Command Maintenance Engineer, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
Mar 09 – Jul 10 Chief, Programs Integration Branch, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
Aug 10 – Jun 11 Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
Jun 11 – Jun 12 Chief, Budget Branch, Directorate of the Civil Engineer, Air Staff, Pentagon
Jun 12 – Jul 13 Chief, Air Force Joint Basing Office, Directorate of the Civil Engineer, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon
Jul 13 – Jun 15 IMA to the Chief, Emergency Management and Modernization Branch, Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
Jun 15 – Jul 16 IMA to the Chief, Expeditionary and Emergency Services Division, Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center, Det 8, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
July 16 – May 17 Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
Jun 17 – Present Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Det 017, Troy University


Pacific Air Forces Major General William D. Gilbert Officer of the Year Award 2009
1st Fighter Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year 2003
Bronze Star  
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters  
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster  
Air Force Achievement Medal  
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device  


Second Lieutenant May 1998
First Lieutenant June 2000
Captain June 2002
Major February 2008
Lt Col July 2013

(Current as of July 2017)

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