Detachment 440 Cadre
The cadre consists of three officers: a commander (Professor of Aerospace Studies), a Recruiting Flight Commander (Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies), a Gold Bar Recruiter who visits high schools throughout the state promoting the Air Force ROTC program and a contractor (Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies). The cadre staff also includes two Noncommissioned Officers as well as one Office Manager who provide mission support and military training expertise for the cadets.
Lt Col Abdulkhalik graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Commission from Air Force ROTC. His operational assignments began at McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), NJ, where as Chief of Aircrew Training he led the intelligence training for Intel and aircrew personnel. In his next assignment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Captain Abdulkhalik was Chief of Systems and Security ensuring home-based and deployable systems and facilities were operational and secure. While at Kadena, he moved to become a Crew Commander for the 353d Special Operations Command Center tracking and reporting on personnel and equipment directly supporting worldwide operations. Returning to the states, he became Chief of Safety and Intel programs for Air Combat Command's Ranges Directorate collaborating with the Navy, Army and Marines to ensure training at U.S. bombing ranges were conducted in the safest and most efficient manner. Lt Col Abdulkhalik then joined the ranks of the Air Force Reserves both at Wright Patterson AFB and the Pentagon where he did much of his military work as an analyst directly supporting both field-operating units for the Army and Air Force as well as strategic analysis for Air Force headquarters. He has deployed in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH twice, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Lt Col Abdulkhalik assumed command of Air Force ROTC Det 440 in August 2017.
Captain Kurtis E. Droppa is the Recruiting Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). Capt Droppa is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He has supported OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as a member of Air Combat Command and worked on strategic planning and cooperation in the Pacific Command. In 2015, Capt Droppa received a Masters of Arts from the American Military University with Academic Distinction. He assumed his current position in June 2017.
Jason J. Ross is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440 in Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Ross is as a defense contractor by Golden Key Group, LLC and is one of the inaugural seventeen contractors to pilot ROTC’s new program that utilizes civilian instructors within its ranks. As such, he instructs a curriculum encompassing National Security, Air Force Organization, Air Force communications and Customs and Courtesies to cadets by presenting lessons in both standardized instruction and blended classroom environments. Aircraft Experience: A-10, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, Mi-17, T-38. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ross served the United States Air Force first as an enlisted Avionics Systems Technician then as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer after receiving his commission through ROTC Detachment 025, Arizona State University. Highlights of his active duty career include three squadron command tours, three overseas deployments and an instructional tour at the United States Air Force Academy. After retirement from active duty in 2017, Mr. Ross spent a year teaching History at his hometown high school. Mr. Ross came to Det 440 at MU in October 2018.
2d Lt Issac B. Chung is the Gold Bar Recruiter for Air Force ROTC Northwest Region stationed at Detachment 440 in Columbia, Missouri. Lt Chung is the primary point of contact for AFROTC admissions in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. As the only full time AFROTC recruiter in Missouri, he frequently travels throughout the entire state providing clarification and guidance on Air Force commissioning opportunities and scholarships to various educational institutions and military installations. Lt Chung is a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon completion of the Gold Bar Recruiter assignment, he will report to Goodfellow Air Force Base for the Intelligence Officer Course.
MSgt Humphrey is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Personnel at Detachment 440 and North West Region (NWR) Sub Section Chief, providing senior leader oversight for 18 AFROTC detachment. Sergeant Humphrey joined the United States Air Force Jul 2005, and immediately after completing Personnel list Technical Training at Keesler AFB Biloxi, Mississippi she arrived her first permanent place of duty at 314th MSS Littlerock AFB AR (Nov 2005- Aug 2008). Throughout her military career she has relocated six times which include Okinawa JP (Aug 2008- Aug 2011), Bagram Afghanistan (Sep 2013-Mar 2014), AFPC Randolph AFB TX (Aug 2011- Aug 2015), Stuttgart Germany (Aug 2015- Aug 2018)-, and she assumed her current position at Det 440 Aug 2018.
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 then 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 Base, Qatar. SSgt Bolden came to Det 440 at MU in September of 2016.
Ms. Briggs is the Office Support Assistant & Uniform Manager for Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri (MU). She is the Department Fiscal Officer, serves as the MyZou resident expert and liaison between the Air Force and the University. She is the Advisor for Silver Wings and the Joint Services Drill Team student groups. Ms. Briggs is originally from Anchorage, Alaska where she graduated from Alaska Computer Institute with an A.A in Accounting 1988. After moving to the Missouri area, she completed her Associates degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in 2010. Prior to joining Det 440, she worked with the US Navy & Raytheon on Amchitka Island, Alaska in the Accounting & Billeting office. She served at Elmendorf Power Plant on Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK, and Galena Air Force Installation as the Project Controller. Ms. Briggs came to Det 440 at MU in April of 2018.