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

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
 

Assignments

Mar 1999 – Jun 2004
Air Transportation Journeyman, 179th Aerial Port Squadron, Mansfield, OH
Jun 2004 – Feb 2010
Maintenance Officer, 179th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH
May – Aug 2005
Student, Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
Oct – Dec 2009
Maintenance OIC, 164th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, 332rd Air Expeditionary Wing (ACC), Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, Iraq
Feb 2010 – Feb 2011
Commander, 179th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH
Feb 2011 – Jun 2018
Commander, 179th Maintenance Squadron, Mansfield, OH
Jun 2018 – Present
Instructor, AFROTC Det 645 and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH