Detachment 305 Commander's Biography

Lieutenant Colonel James D. Norman

Lieutenant Colonel James D. Norman is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 305 and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Louisiana Tech University. He leads the AFROTC program at Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, and three additional crosstown institutions with the mission of recruiting, training and commissioning the officers that will lead the U.S. Air Force into the next generation.
Lieutenant Colonel Norman grew up in San Angelo, Tx. and entered the Air Force in May 2000 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served in various technical and acquisition assignments ranging from bench-top science and engineering to leading major system acquisition programs.

2000 Bachelor of Science Degree, Physics, United States Air Force Academy, CO
2006 Masters of Science Degree, Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

1. May 2000 – Aug 2001, Intercollegiate Program Manager, USAF Academy Prep School, USAFA, CO
2. Aug 2001 – May 2004, Weapon Simulation Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL
3. Jun 2004 – Mar 2006, Masters Student, AF Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
4. Apr 2006 – Jun 2010, B61 Lead Engineer & Deputy Lead Project Officer, AF Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
5. Jun 2010 – Jul 2012, Scientist Assignments Officer, AF Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
5. Jul 2012 – Aug 2013, Dep Chief, Acquisition Officer Assignment, AF Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
6. Aug 2013 – Jun 2016, Chief, Life Science Plans and Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency, Charlottesville, VA
7. Jun 2016 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 305, Louisiana Tech University

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Lieutenant Colonel, 1 Jul 2015
Major, 1 Feb 2010
Captain, 31 May 2004
First Lieutenant, 31 May 2002
Second Lieutenant, 31 May 2000

                                                        (Current as of July 2016)

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