Detachment 440 Cadre
The cadre consists of five officers: a commander (Professor of Aerospace Studies) and four 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 Martin T. Daack, Jr. (Matt)
Lt Col “Matt” Daack is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies, and Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Missouri. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and commissioning all AFROTC cadets at MU and cadets from 6 other “cross-town” universities in mid-Missouri.
Lt Col Daack entered the Air Force in 1996 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law. He has had a very diverse career with tours in Air Education and Training Command, Air Mobility Command, Pacific Air Forces, United States Transportation Command, United States Central Command, The Secretary of the Air Force’s Air Staff and United States Congress. From 2012 to 2014, Lt Col Daack served as the Commander, 22d Operations Support Squadron, McConnell Air Force Base, KS. He is a Command Pilot with over 2,700 hours as a KC-135R/T instructor/evaluator pilot and C-17A instructor pilot. Lt Col Daack has combat and combat support experience in Operations NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT FOX, ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the Defense Legislative Fellowship, Joint Forces Staff College, and Air War College. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Aviation Management with Honors as well as a Certificate of Government Affairs from Georgetown University. He assumed his present position in July 2016.
- Lieutenant Colonel Brent J. Unger
- Admission Liaison Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Brent Unger is the Associate Chair of Aerospace Studies and the Admission Liaison Officer 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.
- Captain Abigail C. Boyle
- Operations Flight Commander
Captain Abigail C. Boyle is the Operations Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri (MU).
Captain Boyle enlisted in the Air Force in October 2002 as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst, and specialized in weaponeering and target materials while assigned to Offutt AFB, NE. Then in August 2008, Captain Boyle entered the AFROTC program at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. In May 2010, Captain Boyle earned a Masters of Business Administration degree and commissioned into the Air Force in December 2010. After completion of Intelligence Officer Course at Goodfellow AFB, TX, Captain Boyle was assigned to the 8th Intelligence Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. During her time there, she assumed several positions that included: Mission Operations Commander, Mission Operations Flight Commander and Air Operations Center Liaison Officer. She assumed her present position in March 2015.
- Captain Raymond J. Primmer
- Education Flight Commander
Captain Raymond J. Primmer is the Education Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri (MU). He is responsible for MU and Air University academic policies, procedures, educational content pertaining to Air Force ROTC staff members and students.
Capt Primmer graduated from Cerro Gordo High School, IL in 1997 and entered active duty in January 1998. As an enlisted member, he began as a Pavement and Grounds technician in the Civil Engineering Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, MT. Capt Primmer then became an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Facility Maintenance Technician, where he performed as a team chief, trainer and quality assurance evaluator. In 2009, he was selected for and attended Air Force Officer Training School (OTS), where he was awarded distinguished graduate honors. As a Missile and Munitions Maintenance officer, Capt Primmer has been a section and flight commander. Prior to coming to Det 440, he was assigned to Whiteman AFB where he performed duties as the munition squadron’s Operations Officer. He assumed his present position in July 2015.
- Captain Nolan D. O’Keefe
- Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Nolan D. O’Keefe is the Recruiting Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).
Capt O’Keefe graduated from Colorado State University Det 090 as a Distinguished Graduate in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Entering active duty as an Acquisition Officer, Capt O’Keefe was assigned to the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSAC) at Wright-Patterson AFB. While in this office, he served as a Command Country Manager for the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Republic of Georgia. Following this position, Capt O’Keefe served as the Executive Officer to the Director of AFSAC. In 2014 prior to arriving at Det 440, Capt O’Keefe served in the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) program office as a program manager responsible for the development of the aircraft system requirements. He assumed his current position in December 2015. In 2016, Capt O’Keefe earned a Masters of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri.
- Technical Sergeant Margaret E. Horton
- NCOIC, Personnel
TSgt Margaret Horton is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Personnel at Detachment 440, University of Missouri. TSgt Horton 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 Horton came to Det 440 at MU in July 2014.
- Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Bolden
- NCOIC, Knowledge Operations Management
SSgt Matthew Bolden is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Administration Management at Detachment 440, University of Missouri Columbia (MU). SSgt Bolden graduated from The New School for Enterprise and Development in Washington D.C. He joined the United States Air Force in May of 2009. He completed technical training school at Keesler AFB, MS and was assigned to the 480th Group at Fort Gordon, Georgia. SSgt Bolden left the 480th Group to work at the Pentagon in the A3 section. He has also deployed to the SOCCENT Task Force at Al Udeid Air Bade, Qatar. SSgt Bolden came to Det 440 at MU in September of 2016.