Operations Flight Commander

Major Arun L. Chittur

Major Arun L. Chittur is the Operations Flight Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Detachment 645, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He supervises unit operations and leads, recruits, trains, and mentors highly qualified men and women as prospective Air Force officers. He promotes Air Force career opportunities to university and high school students, faculty, administrators, and families. He also instructs university courses on Air Force history, doctrine, and operations.

Major Chittur commissioned through AFROTC Detachment 645 in 2008 and is a nuclear and missile operations officer. He has served in various intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) crew, training, and evaluation positions, in addition to deploying as missile crew and mission lead in support of Operations GLOBAL CITADEL, OLYMPIC STEP, GIANT PACE, and U.S. Strategic Command’s Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER. Prior to his current assignment, he served as assistant operations officer for missions in the 315th Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV. In this position, he was responsible for the development and execution of 25 multi-day training missions undertaken as part of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s ICBM Weapons Instructor Course.


Bachelor of Science in Aviation, The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH
Air and Space Basic Course; Maxwell AFB, AL
Undergraduate Space and Missile Training (Space 100); Vandenberg AFB, CA
ICBM Initial Qualification Training; Vandenberg AFB, CA
Master of Science in International Administration, Central Michigan University; Mt. Pleasant, MI
U.S. Air Force Weapons School, ICBM Weapons Instructor Course; Nellis AFB, NV
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Operations Initial
Leadership Enhancement Course, Air Force Global Strike Command; Barksdale AFB, LA
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Mountainview MFA Program; Manchester, NH

Awards and Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal


Oct 2008 – Jun 2009
Student, 392d Training Squadron; Vandenberg AFB, CA
Jun 2009 – Dec 2010
Missile Deputy Crew CC and Deputy Mission Lead, 740th Missile Squadron; Minot AFB, ND
Dec 2010 – May 2011
Deputy Evaluator/Scenario Developer, 91st Operations Group; Minot AFB, ND
May 2011 – May 2012
Missile Crew CC and Mission Lead, 740th Missile Squadron; Minot AFB, ND
May 2012 – Dec 2012
Chief of Eval Scenario Development, 91st Operations Group; Minot AFB, ND
Dec 2012 – Jul 2013
Senior Evaluator and Chief of Stan/Eval, 91st Operations Group; Minot AFB, ND
Jul 2013 – Feb 2014
Executive Officer, 91st Missile Wing; Minot AFB, ND
Feb 2014 – Jul 2014
Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School; Nellis AFB, NV
Jul 2014 – Apr 2017
Flight Commander for Weapons and Tactics, 320th Missile Squadron; F.E. Warren AFB, WY
Apr 2017 – Dec 2018
Flight CC/Asst Operations Officer for Missions, 315th Weapons Squadron; Nellis AFB, NV
Dec 2018 – Present
Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 645; Columbus, OH