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Lieutenant Colonel Justin Cook

Deputy Director, Geospatial Science & Sr. Instructor of Geosciences

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Lt Col Cook
Contact Information

(719) 333-2864



Lieutenant Colonel Justin Cook is the Deputy Director of Geospatial Science and a Senior Instructor of Geosciences. He has taught courses on geopolitics, physical geography, and human geography. He is originally from the Atlanta, Georgia area and commissioned into the Air Force through ROTC at Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He previously served as a KC-135 pilot and has deployed six times in support of various operations in the Middle East.


M.A, Applied Geography, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2015)

M.S., International Relations, Troy University (2010)

B.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

Deputy Director of Geospatial Science and Senior Instructor of Geosciences, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, 04/2022 – present

Chief, AFCENT A35 Mobility Branch, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, 1/2023 – 07/2023

Director of Geospatial Intelligence, Senior Instructor of Geosciences, and RQ-11 Instructor Pilot, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, 12/2015 – 07/2018

International Military Student Officer and KC-135 Formal Training Unit Evaluator Pilot, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, 07/2012 – 07/2014

Flight Commander, Executive Officer, and KC-135 Instructor Pilot, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, 05/2008 – 07/2012

Pilot Training Student, Laughlin AFB, TX and Altus AFB, Oklahoma, 09/2006 – 05/2008

Executive Officer, Andrews AFB, Maryland, 02/2006 – 09/2006

Research and Scholarly Interests

Population and health geography; (fertility rates, infant and maternal health)