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Lieutenant Colonel Jessica Brown


Department of History

Lt Col Brown
Contact Information

(719) 333-2878



Lieutenant Colonel Jessica E. Brown is the Deputy Director of Operations and Instructor for the History Department in the Dean of Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy. Her academic interests are American history in airpower, gender, race and their relationship with technology and political and military policies. She teaches core Military History, Modern Warfare, Airpower, Axis and Allies in World War II, and 20th Century US Political Leaders.

After receiving her commission from University of California Los Angeles's Reserve Officer Training Corps, in 2006, she attended undergraduate navigator training and earned her silver wings in 2007. For eleven year, Lt Col Brown has served the Air Force Special Operations Command as a Combat Systems Officer, contributing to Operation ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Lt Col Brown now serves as an Instructor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Bachelor of Art, United States and Modern European History, California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, California (2006)

Master of Art, Modern European History, American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia (2014)

Master of Art, History, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (2020)

Professional Experience

USAF CSO (MC-130H, U-28A, T-1A), Instructor and academic educator

Honors & Awards

Senior Combat Systems Officer with over 2,400 flying hours in the MC-130H, U-28A, and T-1A; including over 1,300 combat hours

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters

Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and Auburn University–2020

Research and Scholarly Interests

Gender and Race Studies in America

History of Technology

Airpower History

Old South American History

Military History