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Lt Col Michael L. DeRosa
- Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lieutenant Colonel DeRosa is the Commander, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340 and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. His responsibilities include leading a cadre of professionals that recruit, educate, and train cadets to become officers in the United States Air Force.
Lieutenant Colonel DeRosa is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May, 1995. He has served in nine states and seven countries and held numerous leadership positions as an intelligence, staff, and mission support officer. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University, and is a graduate of the three-year National Defense University Program for Emerging Leaders in Weapons of Mass Destruction. Lieutenant Colonel DeRosa is also a graduate of the Air War College, the Joint Forces Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, Naval Command and Staff College, and is a student in the Army War College, College of Distance Education class of 2014.
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Capt Vito A. Bussmann
- Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Vito A. Bussmann is the Recruiting Flight Commander at Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340. In this capacity, Captain Bussmann is responsible for recruiting and retention for Detachment 340 at the host institution of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as the surrounding cross-town schools including Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Fitchburg State College, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College. This organization includes over 60 cadets.
Captain Bussmann was commissioned in 2007 after graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology. At the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Captain Bussmann led several R&D efforts related to guidance and navigation. He worked extensively with the testing and development of weapon networking and GPS technologies. He was selected to lead simulation and integration efforts for the $29.5M Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in 2011.
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MSgt Seymour Brookes
- NCOIC Personnel
Master Sergeant Brookes entered the USAF after graduating from Basic Military training in 1996 at Lackland AFB TX. From Nov 1996 – Nov 2002, MSgt Brookes was assigned to the 52 MSS Personnel Readiness Unit, Formal Training, Personnel Employments and Separations at Spangdahlem AB GE, where he was responsible for various personnel duties for over 4000 unit members to include GSUs. In Nov 02, MSgt Brookes was assigned to 59 MDTG CSS at Lackland AFB. As the Asst NCOIC, he supported 500 unit members to include over 50 personnel in the residency program. In Feb 07, MSgt Brookes was selected as the 737 TRS/CSS superintendent of personnel and NCOIC of 737 TRSS/CSS. He supported 119 unit members assigned to 737 TRSS. As the 737 TRG/CSS superintendent, he oversaw 6 in the training squadron CSS, as well as 350 unit members. In Jan 08, MSgt Brookes was assigned to the 319 TRS Personnel Processing section at Lackland AFB, TX. As the NCOIC of Personnel processing, MSgt Brookes oversaw processing of 34,000 + basic trainees annually. Currently, MSgt Brookes is the NCOIC, Personnel for the Detachment 340 Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. In this capacity, Master Sergeant Brookes manages personnel records, cadet pay, security clearances, duty status and schedules the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) and Air Force Officer Qualifying Tests (AFOQT) for 5 active duty cadre and over 60 cadets.