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MSgt Bonnie Rushing

Senior Enlisted Leader & Course Director

Department of Military & Strategic Studies

MSgt Rushing
Contact Information

(719) 333-9240




Master Sergeant Bonnie Rushing is the Course Director of MSS 251, “Airpower & Joint Operations Strategy,” and Instructor at the Department of Military and Strategic Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her previous assignment was Flight Chief and NCOIC at the 93rd Intelligence Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Master Sergeant Bonnie Rushing enlisted in the Air Force in 2009 as an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst and qualified in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Tagalog.  She flew and instructed onboard four Special Operations C-130 aircraft models for over 700 hours.  Sergeant Rushing deployed to Central and South American countries in support of humanitarian missions and international training events.  She is an avid ballroom dancer and has competed at the professional level.


Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C. (2017)

Bachelor of Science in Technical Management (Cum Laude), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. (2014)

Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Studies and Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama (2013)

Associate of Arts in Tagalog (Provost’s Award), Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California (2010)

Associate of Arts in General Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland (2005)

Professional Experience

Senior Enlisted Leader & Course Director, Department of Military and Strategic Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. (June 2021–Present)

Flight Chief & Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, 93rd Intelligence Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. (March 2018-May 2021)

Graduate Student & Research Department Cadre, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C. (July 2016-March 2018)

Direct Support Operator, Flight Instructor & Evaluator, 25th Intelligence Squadron, 361 ISRG & 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida (April 2011–June 2016)

Basic Aircrew & Linguist trainee, 1A8X1 Pipeline: Aircrew Fundamentals, Defense Language Institute, S.E.R.E., Cryptologic Training (July 2009-April 2011)

Honors & Awards

USAFA Social Sciences Division SNCO of the Quarter (2021, Q4 & 2022, Q3)

Professional Innovator Certification, Project Mercury, University of Michigan (2022)

Outstanding Instructor Award (Core Course: MSS 251), USAFA, Colorado (2021-2022)

Modern-Day Technology Leader, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (2022)

USAFA Social Sciences Division SNCO of the Year (2021)

Pioneer Award, Women of Color Magazine & Career Communications Group (WOC STEM conference, 2021)

John L. Levitow Award: Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas (2018)

John L. Levitow Award: Airman Leadership School, Hurlburt Field, Florida (2013)

Air Force ISR Agency Airman of the Year (2013)

Research and Scholarly Interests
  • Intelligence Technology, Applications, Training, Issues
  • Innovation
  • Military Personnel Issues
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Immersive Education
  • Information Operations: Media Influence on Decision-Making

Journal Publications

Rushing, B.L., Hunter, K., “The Human Weapon System in Gray Zone Competition,” Journal of Advanced Military Studies, vol. 14, no. 1 2023, pp. 255-271.

Rushing, B.L., “The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet book review,” Journal of Advanced Military Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, 2022, pp. 216-218.

Rushing, B.L., “Changing the Narrative,” US Black Engineer and Information Technology, 45 (4), 2021, pp. 70-73.

Op-Ed Articles & Podcasts

Rushing, B.L., “Axon – The Argument for Enlisted Faculty in Officer Military Education – Ep 4,” Air University Teaching and Learning Center, 2023.

Rushing, B.L., “NCO Journal Podcast Episode 20: Competitive Advantage,” NCO Journal Podcast, 2022.

Rushing, B.L., “Competitive Advantage: Increased Responsibility of Noncommissioned Officers,” Submitted to: NCO Journal (Army University Press), 2022.

Rushing, B.L., “High-Tech Sunday: Episode 41- MSgt Bonnie Rushing,” CCG Media, 2021.

Rushing, B.L., “Disruptive Women: Rushing Through Barriers,” Submitted to: SIGNAL (AFCEA), 2020.

Cited In

Klingler, G., “Educating our future military leaders on the importance of smart power,” US Global Leadership Coalition, 2023.

Costello, T., “Battlefield Space (documentary),” NBC News, 2022.

Boyce, D., “Air Force Academy cadets used to learn military strategy in classrooms. Now they’re using war-gaming flight simulators,” Colorado Public Radio, 2022.

USAF Staff, “Enlisted Faculty Program is 'Big Win' for Airmen, Guardians,” US Air Force Academy, 2022.

KOAA News 5, “New USAFA lab helps cadets prepare for different battle scenarios,” 2022.

Holmquist, J., “Connected Combat,” Checkpoints Magazine, 2021.

Roeder, T., “New $9.5 million center to help Air Force Academy cadets understand warfare,” The Gazette, 2021.

Bowden, R., “Academy Expands Roster of Enlisted Faculty Members,” US Air Force Academy, 2021.