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Major Jordan Bolster

Instructor of History

Department of History

Contact Information

(719) 333-3622



Major Jordan Bolster graduated from Marion Military Insitute in 2009 and the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2013. After graduation, Jordan spent his time as awaiting pilot training as a research assistant for the history department. He attended pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma where he flew theT-6 and T-1 aircraft. After pilot training, Maj Bolster went to Travis AFB, California to fly KC-10s on worldwide missions between 2015 and 2022. He logged more than 2,400 flying hours including over 1,000 combat hours over Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

In 2023, Jordan graduated from King's College London with a degree in War Studies as well as from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he focused on American History. Maj Bolster now serves as an Instructor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Bachelor of Science, History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2013)

Master of Arts, U.S. History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (2023)

Master of Arts, War Studies, King's College London, London U.K. (2023)

Professional Experience

Senior Pilot with over 2,400 flying hours in the KC-10A, T-1A, and T-6A; including over 1,000 combat hours (2014-2022)

Instructor of History, Department of History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (December 2023-Present)

Honors & Awards

Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters

Air and Space Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Meritorious Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with 2 Service Stars

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Research and Scholarly Interests

Military History

American History

War Studies


Review: John F. Wukovits, Black Sheep: The Life of Pappy Boyington. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2013. 250pp.