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Major Daniel Chisolm

RPA Program Director/Instructor of Aeronautics

Department of Aeronautics

Contact Information

(719) 333-0530




Major Daniel Chisolm is the Program Director, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Program, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. In this role, he is responsible for the training, development, and mentorship of approximately 50 RPA Program cadre and 125 students that enroll in the course annually. He is also currently teaching in both the Department of Aeronautics and Department of Military and Strategic Studies.

Maj Chisolm was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received his commission from the Unites States Air Force Academy in June 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He then earned a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Air Force Institute of Technology in September 2006 and entered Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, MS. Upon completion of pilot training in 2008, Maj Chisolm began his flying career as a C-17 pilot and flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He also served as an MQ-1 Instructor Pilot flying combat missions over Iraq and Syria supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. He is a senior pilot with over 3300 hours. Maj Chisolm is married to Brandi Chisolm with whom he has one daughter, Reese Chisolm.


B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado (2005)

M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2006)

Squadron Officer School In-Residence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2012)

Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence (2016)

Professional Experience

Rating: Senior Pilot

Flight hours: 3,300+

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-1, C-17, MQ-1, T-53

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal