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Captain Spencer Sherman

Instructor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Capt Sherman
Contact Information

(719) 333-6072



Captain Spencer Sherman is a Chemistry Instructor within the Department of Chemistry under the Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Captain Sherman was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1993 and grew up in a military family living up and down the east coast. After graduating from Great Bridge High School in 2011, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he studied Biochemistry. Following his commission in 2015, Capt Sherman reported to RAF Lakenheath, UK to serve as an aircraft maintenance officer (21A). His first major roles was as Officer in Charge of the 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit working with HH-60G rescue helicopters. In 2017, he relocated to his second duty station, Grand Forks AFB, ND, to work with RQ-4B Global Hawks. He married his wife, Capt Jexenia Bennett, a 2017 USAFA graduate, in 2017. After serving for five years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, the U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Chemistry selected Capt Sherman to earn his master’s degree in-residence via the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Civilian Institution degree program. He graduated from Colorado School of Mines with his master’s in chemistry in 2021 before being stationed at USAFA to teach.


Masters of Science, Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado (2021)

Masters of Science, Business, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota (2020)

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2015)

Professional Experience

Chemistry Instructor, Dean of Faculty, USAFA, Colorado (2021-Present)

AFIT CI Student, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado (2020-2021)

Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 69 Maintenance Squadron, Grand Forks, North Dakota (2017-2020)

56 HMU OIC, 748 Maintenance Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK (2015-2017)

Honors & Awards

Air Force Commendation Medal (2x)

Air Force Achievement Medal (1x)

Leo Marquez CGO of the Year, Wing Level (1x)

Lew Allen CGO of the Year, Wing Level (1x)

Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Wing Level (2x)

Maintenance Profession of the Year, CGO, Group Level (2x)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Organic Synthesis and Development

Novel metal-organic Synthesis and Crystallography