Detachment 440 Cadre
The cadre consists of four officers: a commander (Professor of Aerospace Studies) and three academic instructors (Assistant Professors of Aerospace Studies). The cadre staff includes two Noncommissioned Officers who provide mission support and military training expertise for the cadets. The cadre and staff bring a wealth of real-world Air Force experience to their classrooms.
- Lieutenant Colonel David A. Obermiller
Lt Col David “Obie” Obermiller is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, the Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies, and Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and commissioning all AFROTC cadets on the MU-Columbia campus, as well as cadets from 6 other “cross-town” colleges in the mid-Missouri region.
Lt Col Obermiller entered the Air Force in 1991 as a graduate of Texas Tech University’s AFROTC program, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in History. He has had a very diverse 20-plus year career with tours in Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, United States Southern Command, United States Africa Command, and United States European Command. In 2006 he deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a United Nations Peacekeeper, serving as the Senior United States Military Observer and Senior Intelligence Officer for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He has also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and to Italy in support of Operations JOINT GUARDIAN and DELIBERATE FORGE. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force’s Intelligence Officer School and a graduate of the Intelligence Master Skills Course, National Senior Intelligence Course, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and Air War College. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Military Studies with Honors in Land Warfare from American Military University and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He assumed his present position in August 2013.
- Lieutenant Colonel Brent J. Unger
- Recruiting Flight Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Brent Unger is the Associate Chair of Aerospace Studies and the Recruiting Flight Commander for AFROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri.
Lt Col Unger was commissioned in Jun 93 after attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He then completed a Master of Arts degree in European History from the University of Missouri in 1994 as an AFIT student. Lt Col Unger graduated from Intelligence Training School at Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX, in Sep 95. He was then assigned to HQ Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB, TX, as a Command Intelligence Briefer and Analyst. He then served as the Unit Admissions Officer for Air Force ROTC Det 440 from Apr 98 to Dec 01, at which time he separated from active duty. He then served in the Air Force Reserves for 8 years as an Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO), recruiting students throughout Missouri for the US Air Force Academy, Air Force ROTC, and OTS. He returned to active duty in Jun 10 to teach Air Force ROTC at MU on a 3-year controlled tour. He returned to his ALO Reserve duties and MU faculty position on 2 Jun 13 and now both recruits and teaches for AFROTC Det 440.
- Technical Sergeant Margaret E. Ray
- NCOIC, Personnel
TSgt Margaret Ray is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Personnel at Detachment 440, University of Missouri. TSgt Ray is originally from Matewan, West Virginia and graduated from Matewan High School in 1990. She joined the United States Air Force in November 1998. She completed technical school at Keesler AFB, MS and was assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. Her other assignments include Ramstein AB, Germany and Sheppard AFB, Texas. Her last deployment came while assigned to the 82d Force Support Squadron at Sheppard AFB, TX where she worked in Force Management. TSgt Ray came to Det 440 at MU in July 2014.
- Staff Sergeant Audrey L. Hill
- NCOIC, Knowledge Operations Management
Staff Sergeant Audrey L. Hill is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Knowledge Operations Management at the Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri (MU).
SSgt Hill graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, MS. She joined the Air Force in December 2005 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. From there, she went to technical training school for the Information Management Apprentice Course at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. After graduating from technical training, SSgt Hill went to work at the 336 Training Squadron at Keesler AFB. SSgt Hill left the 336 Training Squadron in Sept 2007 to work for the 81 Training Group Headquarters at Keesler AFB. She has also deployed to the 455 Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. SSgt Hill arrived at Det 440 in January 2012.