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Colonel Michael Cornelius

Commander, U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School

U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School

Colonel Michael Cornelius
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Colonel Michael S. Cornelius is the Commander, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, USAF Academy, Colorado. The Preparatory School executes a 10-month highly structured regimen taking Cadet Candidates through basic training to focusing on academics, military training, athletics and character development. Completion of this challenging program for these outstanding young men and women provides them an opportunity to gain an appointment and lead at the United States Air Force Academy.

Colonel Cornelius graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000 and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Following his commission, he went on to serve as a Weapon Systems Officer in the B-1 bomber and supported multiple combat deployments. Over his career he served in leadership roles at the squadron, group, wing, component and major command levels.

Education

Inspector General Training Course, Complaints Resolution, Lansdowne, VA (2019)

Readiness Exercise Advanced Planning, Execution and Reporting (REAPER) Course, Kirtland Air  Force Base, NM (2019)

Inspector General Training Course, Inspector, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM (2019)

Air War College (by correspondence) (2016)

Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM (2015)

Chief of Safety Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM (2015)

Special Technical Operations Planners Course, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (2013)

Air Operations Center Initial Qualification Training, Hurlburt Field, FL (2012)

Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, AL (2012)

Air Command and Staff College (in residence) (2012)

Masters of Aeronautical/Aviation Science and Technology, Embry-Riddle, FL (2011)

United States Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis Air Force Base, NV (2007)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL (2006)

Electronic Warfare Coordinator Course, Randolph Air Force Base, TX (2005)

Electronic Combat Coordinator Course, Randolph Air Force Base, TX (2004)

B-1 Initial Qualification Course, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (2003)

Electronic Warfare Upgrade Course, Randolph Air Force Base, TX (2002)

Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL (2001)

Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO (2000)

Professional Experience

Commander, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, USAF Academy, Colorado (June 2022 – present)

Deputy Director, USAFE-SOCEUR Joint Integration Coordination Cell (JICC), Ramstein Air Base, Germany (May 2021 – May 2022)

Chief of Combat Operations, 603 Air Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (June 2020 – May 2021)

Inspector General, 7 Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (June 2019 – June 2020)

Commander, 77 Weapons Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (May 2017 – May 2019)

Director of Operations, 77 Weapons Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (May 2016 – May 2017)

Chief of Safety, 7 Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (July 2015 – May 2016)

Chief, Targeting Effects Team, 603 Air Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (June 2013 – June 2015)

Chief, Master Air Attack Plan Team, 603 Air Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (August 2012 – June 2013)

Assistant Director of Operations and Weapons School Instructor, 77 Weapons Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (October 2010 – June 2011)

Flight Commander and Weapons School Instructor, 77 Weapons Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX  (October 2009 – October 2010)

Deputy Wing Weapons Officer, 7 Operational Support Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (June 2009 – October 2009)

Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 28 Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (June 2008 – June 2009)

Deputy Chief, B-1 Flight Instructor Course, 28 Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (June 2007 – June 2008)

Wing Electronic Warfare Officer, 28 Operational Support Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD (October 2005 – December 2006)

B-1 Weapon Systems Officer and Instructor, 34 Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD (March 2003 – October 2005)

Student, B-1 Initial Qualification Training, 28 Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, TX (July 2002 – March 2003)

Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, FL (August 2000 – September 2001)

Honors & Awards

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and eight oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Longevity Service with four oak leaf clusters

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Air Force Training Ribbon

Publications

Nontraditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance – Making the Most of Airborne Assets, The Wright Flyer Papers No. 50, Air University Press, Air Force Research Institute (2015)

A Soldier Is Not a Soldier Without Training, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center Digital Collections, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (2011)