Name: Jeff Ditlevson, Lt Col (Ret), USAFEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBuilding Phone Number: (314) 776-3300Classroom Number: 118EClassroom Phone Ext: 11270Office Room Number: 117EOffice Phone Ext: 11231Subject(s): AFJROTC Aerospace Science"Milestones in Aviation History"TEACHER MESSAGE:Air Force JROTC provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students.Secondary school students who enroll in the AFJROTC program are offered a wide variety of curricular andextra-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technologyand teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline and other characteristics found in good leaders.The AFJROTC program is open to 9th-12th grade students who are citizens of the United States. The programis not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incurany obligation to the Air Force.
The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and lifeskills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility; develop character and self-discipline througheducation and instruction in air and space fundamentals and the Air Force’s core values of “integrity first,service before self, and excellence in all we do.”The program has 878 AFJROTC units with an additional 14 National Defense Cadet Corps units for a totalof 892 units in high schools world-wide. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the programand over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets in high schoolsin the US and around the world. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and communitysupport because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In manycommunities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTCare truly “The face of the US Air Force in communities all over the US and the world.”BIOGRAPHY:Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jeff Ditlevson is currently an Aerospace Science Instructor atGateway STEM High School in St. Louis, MO. In his position, he is responsible for educatingand training 265 high school cadets in citizenship, promoting community service, instillingresponsibility, character, and self-discipline. He also provides instruction in air and spacefundamentals and the history of aviation. He serves as a liaison between the Air Force andcivilian agencies in the aerospace field, and performs career and performance counseling.His last assignment in the Air Force was as the Deputy Director, Force Protection Directorate,United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT). There, he was responsible forassisting the Force Protection Director in enabling Force Protection operations affecting35,000 airmen in the 20-nation Area of Responsibility. He shaped Force Protection policiesand priorities supporting the Department of Defense, USCENTCOM, USFOR-A, ISAF andcomponent Force Protection operations. He guided and managed strategic Force Protectionplanning for antiterrorism programs, security for AOR exercises and air shows. He alsomanaged $202,000,000 in Force Protection equipment at 12 primary bases, and administeredover $100,000,000 in security contracts annually.Lt Col Ditlevson graduated from Officer Training School and was commissioned as aSecurity Police Officer in 1994. Throughout his career, he has performed duties as flight commander,nuclear security officer, flight training officer, operations officer, deputy commanderproviding direct Presidential support, in-resident Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE) student,squadron commander and Combatant Command and Headquarters Air Force (Pentagon)branch and division chief.
Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
Minnesota State Univ, MN
Squadron Officer School - Leadership College
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
Master of Science - Business Administration
Central Michigan Univ, MI
Master of Arts - Homeland Security/Defense
Naval Postgraduate School, CA
Naval Command/Staff College - Senior Leader College
Naval Postgraduate School, CA
Master of Arts - Education (in progress)
Univ of Central Missouri, MO* current as of 12 Aug 2019