TROY – Lt. Col. Christopher Shannon has been named commander of Troy University’s Detachment 017 of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, and will be chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies.
Prior to his appointment to TROY, Lt. Col. Shannon was director of the On-Line Master’s, Leadership and Warfare Distance Learning Course at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.
Lt. Col. Shannon completed an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering technology at Southern Illinois University before earning a masters degree in management from Webster’s University and a Master of Science in Military Operational Arts and Science from Air University.
“As an Air Force officer, I am responsible to the Commander of Air Force ROTC for producing future Air Force leaders while maintaining good order and discipline, high ethical standards and promoting a positive image on campus and in the local community,” Shannon said. “Troy has a long tradition of producing leaders for the Air Force, and I am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to that process.”
In addition to his Air Force duties, Lt. Col. Shannon is responsible for conducting the academic program of his department through the College of Arts and Sciences.
“Troy University is fortunate to have Air Force ROTC here because of the opportunities it offers our students,” said Dr. Bill Richardson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are very pleased to be associated with the program and I am glad to have Lt. Col. Shannon here with us.”
Shannon enlisted in the Air Force in 1983 and was stationed at the Royal Air Force Base Bentwaters, England, as an aircraft maintenance specialist. In 1986, he changed career fields to an engineering assistant stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In 1990, he was commissioned a second lieutenant from Officer Training Schools. He has served as Space and Missiles Crew Commander, Trainer and Evaluator at Shriever Air Force Base, Assistant Professor of Aerospace at Texas A&M; Chief, Space Operations USSPACECOM Inspector General at Peterson Air Force Base, and Space and Missile Force Programmer at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon.
His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
He and his wife Jerdie have three sons.