Education Officer


Major Hunter D. Barnhill 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 men and women 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 second-year cadets and educating them on the foundation of the U.S. Air Force.

Major Barnhill was commissioned through the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 2010 as a Pilot Candidate. Following Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, MS he was assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB, LA as a B-52H pilot. In his tenure at Barksdale AFB, Capt Barnhill lead in a variety of roles, including Standardization and Evaluation Liasion Officer and Flight Scheduling. Capt Barnhill’s second assignment was as a T-6 Texan II Instructor Pilot with the 37th Flying Training Squadron located at Columbus AFB, MS.



Bachelor of Science in Research Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
USAF Air and Space Basic Course (In-Residence), Maxwell AFB, Alabama
Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
Combat Survival Training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA
B-52H Initial Qualification Training, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
USAF Squadron Officer School (In-Residence), Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
Master of Human Services: Executive Leadership, Graduate with Distinction, Liberty University, VA
Pilot Training Instructor Course, Distinguished Graduate, Randolph AFB, Texas
Assistant Professor Instructor Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal


Apr 2010 – Aug 2011
Student Pilot, 14th Student Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS
Aug 2011 – Apr 2014
B-52H Copilot, 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA
Apr 2014 – July 2015
B-52H Aircraft Commander, 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA
July 2015 – Feb 2019
T-6 Texan II Instructor Pilot, 37th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, MS
Feb 2019 – Present
Assistant Prof of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 645, The Ohio State University, OH