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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 Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University, and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He 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 several Service and joint professional military education programs including the Army War College, the Air War College, Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Command and Staff College and Air Command and Staff College.
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Capt Vito A. Bussmann
- Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Vito A. Bussmann is the Operations Flight Commander, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340. Captain Bussmann is responsible for training, operations and mentorship of all cadets 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, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State College. The detachment has a cadet corps of 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 field-testing and development of weapon networking and GPS technologies. Captain Bussmann worked extensively with the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to identify & commercialize promising research. He was selected to lead simulation and integration efforts for the $29.5M Precision Guided Munition Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in 2011.
2007 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, MA
2008 Air & Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2013 Squadron Officer’s School, In Residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
1. June 2008 – June 2010, Weapon Data Link Engineer, Eglin AFB, FL
2. June 2010 – June 2012, Seeker Electrical Engineer, Eglin AFB, FL
3. May 2012 - Present, AFROTC Instructor, AFROTC Det 340, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
4. May 2013 – July 2013, Field Training Officer, AFROTC Field Training Air Expeditionary Force 1, Camp Shelby, MS
5. May 2014 – July 2014, Special Projects Officer, AFROTC Field Training Unit 2, Maxwell AFB, AL
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal
DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant – May 2008
First Lieutenant – May 2010
Captain – May 2012
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STAFF SERGEANT ASHLEY S. THOMPSON
- NCOIC, Administration Management, for the 340 Detachment Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
Staff Sergeant Thompson is a native of Pottsboro, Texas. She entered the USAF after graduating from Basic Military Training in 2008 at Lackland AFB, TX.
From Sep 2008 – Oct 2011, SSgt Thompson was assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing, Commander Support Staff, Dyess AFB, TX where she was responsible for various administrative duties for over 5000 unit members.
In Oct 2011, SSgt Thompson was assigned to the 7TH Operations Group, Commander Support Staff. As the NCOIC of Knowledge Operations Management in support of 289 personnel to include 17 group staff members.
Currently, SSgt Thompson is the NCOIC, Administration Management, for the 340 Detachment Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. In this capacity, Sergeant Thompson manages personnel records, leave web, duty status, and MILPDS actions for five Active duty cadre. She updates cadet pay, initiates security clearances, manages the unit leave program, duty status program, and schedules the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) and Air Force Officer Qualifying Tests (AFOQT). This organization includes 5 cadre members and over 60 cadets.
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Captain Jonathan Hatosy
- Recruiting Flight Commander, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340
Captain Jonathan C. Hatosy is the Recruiting Flight Commander, Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Detachment 340. Captain Hatosy is responsible for recruiting, retention and mentorship of new students 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, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State College. The detachment has a cadet corps of over 40 cadets.
1st Lt Hatosy graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Psychology, commissioned from the university’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 159, and has attained Program Management Lv II Certification. In 2010, he began his first assignment as an Acquisitions Officer at Hanscom AFB, MA. While at Hanscom AFB, he has served as the Project Officer of the TACP-M’s Stryker Modification effort, which served to modify the interior of Stryker vehicles for enhanced ergonomics for TACP members attached to Army units. In 2011, he served as the deputy Program Manager of the Link-16 Alaska program, which was an effort to create a radar perimeter around the outer rim of Alaska. His final assignment from 2012-2014 was as the Risk and Schedule Manager of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program. In this capacity he was in charge of all activities regarding Risk Management and Schedule upkeep of this $1.2 billion program.