Commander

Colonel Michael E. Gimbrone


Colonel Michael E. Gimbrone is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 645, Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies, and a member of the Office of Student Academic Success at The Ohio State University. He is responsible for every aspect of the AFROTC program at Ohio State and its numerous crosstown schools. He leads a staff of five officers, two noncommissioned officers, and a civilian university employee in recruiting, training, motivating, and educating close to 150 cadets each year in a 4-year academic, military training, and character development program leading AFROTC university graduates to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force or United States Space Force. Additionally, he routinely executes Air Force and Ohio State budgets, tuition, and scholarship programs totaling $2 million annually.

Col Gimbrone enlisted in the Air Force in December of 1988. After Basic Training, he entered the Security Police Law Enforcement Technical Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Following his first duty assignment, he attended Officer Training School.

 

Education

1987
Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1988
Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
1992
Airman Leadership School (John Levitow Award Recipient), Castle AFB, CA
1993
Officer Training School (Distinguished Graduate and Jefferson Award Recipient for Highest Academic Average), Lackland AFB, TX
1994
Security Police Academy (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Lackland AFB, TX
1997
Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2000
Master of Arts Degree, Organizational Mgmt, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
2004
Security Forces Advanced Officer Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2004
Air Command & Staff College (Correspondence)
2007
Air Command & Staff College, Master of Arts Degree Program, Military Operational Art and Science, JPME Phase I, Maxwell AFB, AL
2007
Air War College (Correspondence)
2009
Joint and Combined Warfighting School, JPME Phase II, JFSC, Norfolk NAS, VA
2013
Eisenhower School, Master of Science Degree Program, National Resource Strategy, JPME Phase II, Fort McNair, Washington, DC
2016
Dynamics of International Terrorism, Hurlburt Field, FL
2016
Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Training, McLean, VA


Awards and Decorations

  • Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
  • Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with one oak leaf cluster
 

Assignments

May 1989 - June 1993
Entry Controller, Patrolman, Law Enforcement Desk Seregeant, Base Crime Prevention Manager, and NCOIC of Reports and Analysis, Castle AFB, CA
June 1993 - September 1993
Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, TX
September 1993 - August 1995
Security Police Shift Leader, Vandenberg AFB, CA
August 1995 - February 1997
SP Training & Resources Flight Commander, Luke AFB, AZ
February 1997 - July 1998
Support Group Executive Officer, Luke AFB, AZ
July 1998 - December 1998
Student, Air Force Intern Program, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
January 1999 - June 1999
Intern, Balkans Task Force, OSD, AF Intern Program, The Pentagon, Wash, DC
July 1999 - December 1999
Intern, CSAF Operations Group, AFIP, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
January 2000 - May 2000
Student, Air Force Intern Program, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
May 2000 - February 2001
LE Liaison Officer, Armed Forces Inaug Cmte, Mil District of Wash, DC
March 2001 - March 2002
Security Forces Operations Officer, Ali A1 Salem AB, Kuwait
April 2002 - August 2003
Chief, Contingency Fr, HQ US Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
August 2003 - May 2004
Chief, FP Policy and Guidance Br, HQ USAFA, Ramstein AB, Germany
May 2004 - July 2006
Commander, 66th Security Forces Squadron, Hanscom AFB, MA
August 2006 - June 2007
Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
June 2007 - June 2008
Commander, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
July 2008 - July 2010
Deputy Director, Joint Staff Security Office, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
August 2010 - July 2012
Joint Base Security Officer for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Commader, 647th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
August 2012 - June 2013
Student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly known as ICAF), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
July 2013 - July 2014
Dep Ch, FP Div, and Ch, Asset Prot Br, JS J-8, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
August 2014 - August 2016
Commander, 502d SF and Logistics Support Group, JB San Antonio, TX
August 2016 - August 2018
Dir of Force Protection, US Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia
August 2018 - May 2020
Chief, Force Posture Division, HQ Pacific Air Forces, JBPHH, HI
May 2020 - Present
Commander, AFROTC Detachment 645 and Professor of Aerospace Studies, The Ohio State University,Columbus, OH

Education

1987   Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1988   Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

1992   Airman Leadership School (John Levitow Award Recipient), Castle AFB, CA

1993   Officer Training School (Distinguished Graduate and Jefferson Award Recipient for Highest Academic Average), Lackland AFB, TX

1994   Security Police Academy (Distinguished Honor Graduate). Lackland AFB, TX

1997   Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2000   Master of Arts Degree, Organizational Mgmt, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

2004   Security Forces Advanced Officer Course, Lackland AFB, TX

2004   Air Command & Staff College (Correspondence)

2007   Air Command & Staff College, Master of Arts Degre Program, Military Operational Art and Science, JPME Phase I, Maxwell AFB, AL

2007   Air War College (Correspondence)

2009   Joint and Combined Warfighting School, JPME Phase II, JFSC, Norfolk NAS, VA

2013   Eisenhower School, Master of Science Degree Program, National Resource Strategy, JPME Phasse II, Fort McNair, Washington, DC

2016   Dynamics of International Terrorism, Hurlburt Field, FL

2016   Level IV Antiterrorism Executive Training, McLean, VA .