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Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Breiding

Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Contact Information

(719) 333-9176



Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Breiding is an Instructor and Deputy for Operations for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She instructs students in a variety of classroom and laboratory courses, and assists the Department Head in planning and scheduling the department’s 25 faculty, staff, and researchers and courses.

Lieutenant Colonel Breiding entered the Air Force in 2004 through Air Force ROTC at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has served in multiple leadership positions in the Air Force Research Laboratory, and air and space offices. She was a ground test engineer for the X-37A Approach and Landing Test Vehicle and a vehicle launch engineer for the Minotaur I and Delta IV. As program manager, she fielded the Airborne Cuing and Exploitation System, Hyperspectral on the MQ-1 in response to urgent operational needs. Finally, she was the Analysis Branch Chief at the Air Force’s War gaming Institute, exploring solutions to the Air Force’s pressing problems. Prior to her current position, she was a student at the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.


Air Command and Staff College (in residence), Air University, Alabama (2017)

Master of Science Degree, Power and Energy, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2015)

Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence), Air University (2014)

Master of Aeronautical Science Degree, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, worldwide (2011)

Squadron Officer School (in residence), Air University, Alabama (2010)

Squadron Officer School (by correspondence), Air University (2009)

Space 100 (Distinguished Graduate), Vandenberg AFB, California (2006)

Air and Space Basic Course, Air University, Alabama (2004)

Bachelor of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering (with honors), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana (2004)

Professional Experience

Instructor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2017-Present)

Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2016-2017)

Analysis Branch Chief, Air Force War gaming Institute, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2015–2016)

Aide to the Commander, AFROTC Detachment 910, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2015–2015)

Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2013–2015)

Executive Officer, ISR and SOF Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2012–2013)

Airborne Cueing and Exploitation System, Hyperspectral Program Manager, ISR Sensors and FMS Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2010–2012)

Space Systems Analyst and Modeling Branch Chief, Satellite Assessment Center, Air Fore Research Laboratories, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (2007–2010)

Launch Vehicle Engineer, 4th Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, California (2006–2007)

Test and Launch Vehicle Engineer, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, California (2004–2006)

Honors & Awards

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leave cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal