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    Name:   Jeff Ditlevson, Lt Col (Ret), USAF
                Email: jeffery.ditlevson@slps.org
     
    Building Phone Number:  (314) 776-3300
    Classroom Number:   118E
    Classroom Phone Ext:   11270
     
    Office Room Number:  117E
    Office Phone Ext:   11231
     
    Subject(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 and
    extra-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology
    and 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 program
    is not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur
    any obligation to the Air Force.

    The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life
    skills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility; develop character and self-discipline through
    education 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 total
    of 892 units in high schools world-wide. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the program
    and over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets in high schools
    in the US and around the world. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and community
    support because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In many
    communities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC
    are 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 at
    Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis, MO.  In his position, he is responsible for educating
    and training 265 high school cadets in citizenship, promoting community service, instilling
    responsibility, character, and self-discipline.  He also provides instruction in air and space
    fundamentals and the history of aviation.  He serves as a liaison between the Air Force and
    civilian 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 for
    assisting the Force Protection Director in enabling Force Protection operations affecting
    35,000 airmen in the 20-nation Area of Responsibility.  He shaped Force Protection policies
    and priorities supporting the Department of Defense, USCENTCOM, USFOR-A, ISAF and
    component Force Protection operations.  He guided and managed strategic Force Protection
    planning for antiterrorism programs, security for AOR exercises and air shows.  He also
    managed $202,000,000  in Force Protection equipment at 12 primary bases, and administered
    over $100,000,000 in security contracts annually.
     
    Lt Col Ditlevson graduated from Officer Training School and was commissioned as a
    Security Police Officer in 1994.  Throughout his career, he has performed duties as flight commander,
    nuclear security officer, flight training officer, operations officer, deputy commander
    providing direct Presidential support, in-resident Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE) student,
    squadron commander and Combatant Command and Headquarters Air Force (Pentagon)
    branch and division chief. 

     

     

    Year

     

    Degree

     

    School

         

    1988

     

    Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement

     

    Minnesota State Univ, MN

         

    1999

     

    Squadron Officer School - Leadership College

     

     

    Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

    Outstanding Contributor

     

    2001

     

    Master of Science - Business Administration

     

    Central Michigan Univ, MI

         

    2006

     

    Master of Arts - Homeland Security/Defense

     

    Naval Postgraduate School, CA

         

    2006

     

    Naval Command/Staff College - Senior Leader College

     

     

    Naval Postgraduate School, CA

    Distinguished Graduate

     

    2021

     

    Master of Arts - Education  (in progress)

     

    Univ of Central Missouri, MO

         

     

     
     
     
     
    * current as of 12 Aug 2019