Operations Flight Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Emily T. Kubusek

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

Lt Col Kubusek earned her commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from The Ohio State University in 2006. She has held various positions at the squadron, group, and wing levels throughout her career. She has accomplished many educational opportunities including a graduate certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction as a National Defense University Fellow as well as her intermediate developmental education as a Joint Mobility Fellow. Prior to her current position, she developed and managed nuclear operations policy for the Nuclear Execution Force that encompasses 27 tanker units from Air Mobility Command, National Guard Bureau, and Air Force Reserve Command. This coordination of the Total Force is critical for the execution of USSTRATCOM executable nuclear plans.

Education

2006
Bachelor of Art, Aviation Management, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
2007
Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2011
Master of Science, Psychology of Terrorism and Security, Walden University, by correspondence
2013
Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016
Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2019
Joint Mobility Fellow, Scott AFB, Ill
2019
Integrated Supply Chain Management Certificate, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
2020
Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Certificate, Missouri State University, by correspondence

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
  • Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster 

Flight Information

  • Rating: Senior Pilot
  • Flight hours: 2,950 including more than 1300 combat hours
  • Aircraft Flown: T-6, T-1, T-41, T-51, T-53, KC-135 R/T

Assignments

October 2006-August 2008
Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
August 2008-February 2012
February 2012, KC-135R/T Pilot, Flight Scheduler, Mobility Chief, Squadron Executive Officer, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
February 2012-November 2015
T-53 Instructor Pilot, T-51 Instructor Pilot, T-41 Instructor Pilot, Precision Flying Team OIC, Powered Flight Commander, Scheduling Chief, Training Chief, 557th Flying Training Squadron, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
November 2015-July 2018
KC-135R/T Instructor Pilot, Assistant Operations Officer, 92d Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
July 2018-July 2019
Joint Mobility Fellow, Scott AFB, Ill.
August 2019-June 2021
Branch Chief, Nuclear Policy, Training, & Readiness, Headquarters Air Mobility Command A10N, Scott AFB, Ill.
June 2021-Present
Instructor, AFROTC Det 645 & Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio