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Bierma

Major  Melissa  K.  Bierma

Operations Flight Commander Re
Aerospace Studies

Major Melissa K. Bierma is the Operations Flight Commander for Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, Detachment 752, Wilkes University. In this capacity, she is responsible for training, recruiting, motivating and counseling highly qualified young men and women as prospective Air Force Officers.

Major Bierma earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and subsequently commissioned through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp, Detachment 643 in March 2006. In addition, she also earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University in 2012.

Her career assignments include the 320th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming where she served as a Minuteman III Missile Combat Crew Commander, Alternate Command Post Commander, and Assistant Flight Commander. Prior to her current assignment, Captain Bierma served as Assistant Director of Operations for the 50th Operations Group, Detachment 1, at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, MD as part of an interagency team managing daily operations for the Defense Metrological Satellite Program (DMSP).

EDUCATION

  • 2006   Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • 2007   Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2012   Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • 2012   Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2014   Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Course 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. May 2006 – November 2006, Student, Undergraduate Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  2. November 2006 – December 2010, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, Missile Combat Crew Commander, Assistant Flight Commander, 320th Missile Squadron, 90th Missile Wing, F.E Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY
  3. January 2011 – December 2014, Space Systems Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations/Executive Officer, 50th Operations Group, Detachment 1, NOAA Satellite Operations Facility, Suitland, MD
  4. Jan 2015 – Present, Recruiting Flight Commander, Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Det 752, Wilkes-Barre PA

OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

  • Space Professional Level II, Master Space Badge
  • Basic Missile Operations Badge
  • Experience: Nuclear operations, Space Situational Awareness, Environmental Monitoring
  • Systems: Minuteman III, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ device
  • Air and Space Campaign Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Training Ribbon


EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant March 18, 2006
  • First Lieutenant April 10, 2008
  • Captain April 10, 2010
  • Major April 1, 2016

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • Department of Commerce Contracting Officer Technical Representative Level I Certification


(Current as of April 2016)


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