Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

Lieutenant Colonel Robert A. Cunningham

Lieutenant Colonel Robert A. Cunningham is Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 645, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.  He recruits, trains, motivates, and counsels highly qualified young women and men as prospective Air Force Officers. He promotes Air Force career opportunities to university and high school students, faculty, parents and Administrators. He also instructs college courses, developing third year cadets and educating them on the foundation of the U.S. Air Force and leadership.

Lieutenant Colonel Cunningham commissioned through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science in 2004, as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He has spent time in several unit and command positions to include maintenance operations officer, aircraft maintenance squadron commander, and maintenance squadron commander. Lieutenant Colonel Cunningham has led operational maintenance on the C-27 and C-130 aircraft. He has deployed in support of Operations Joint Forge, Coronet Oak, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Education

2001
Bachelor of Science of Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2004
Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, McGee Tyson ANGB, TN
2008
Master of Education, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
2010
United States Air Force Squadron Officer’s School (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2016
United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, AL

 

 

Assignments

1.March 1999 – June 2004, Air Transportation Journeyman, 179th Aerial Port Squadron, Mansfield, OH

2.June 2004 – February 2010,  Maintenance Officer, 179th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH

3.May – August 2005, Student, Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, TX

4.October – December 2009, Maintenance OIC, 164th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, 332rd Air Expeditionary Wing (ACC), Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, Iraq

5.February 2010 – February 2011, Commander, 179th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH

6.February 2011 – June 2018, Commander, 179th Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH

7.June 2018 – Present, Instructor, AFROTC Det 645 and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH



MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Air Force Longevity Service with one oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

Air Force Training Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster

Ohio Special Service Ribbon