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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.



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


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

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