Captain Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith, airing Oct. 3

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Naval Medical Research UnitCaptain Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith
Commanding Officer
Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio

CAPT Elizabeth A. Montcalm-Smith has dedicated her Navy career to performing basic research and medical technology. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington College, Maryland in 1980 and a certificate in Medical Technology from Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. in 1981. CAPT Montcalm-Smith received her Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University in 1991, focusing her research on the role of eicosanoids on the gastric mucosal barrier.

After her commission to the U.S. Navy in 1991, CAPT Montcalm-Smith was assigned to the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) in Bethesda, Maryland. During her assignment there, CAPT Montcalm-Smith’s research examined the inwardly rectifying potassium channel in macrophages.

Major General James B. Hecker

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Maj Gen James Hecker 15091919th AFMajor General James B. Hecker
19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker is Commander, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio–Randolph, Texas. The 19th Air Force trains more than 30,000 U.S. and allied students annually. The training ranges from entry-level undergraduate flying training through advanced combat crew training, and ultimately provides fully qualified aircrew personnel to the warfighting commands.

Colonel Dean Lee

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Colonel Dean W. Lee
Director of Safety
Air Education and Training Command

Col. Dean W. Lee is the Director of Safety, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He leads flight, ground and explosive mishap prevention programs for nearly 62,000 command personnel charged to recruit, train and educate more than 293,000 people annually via Air Force Recruiting Service, Air University, and 2nd and 19th Air Forces. His safety oversight includes the command’s 23 wings, 12 bases and five geographically separated groups, as well as nearly 1,370 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.

Alamo AFCEA and Civil Air Patrol

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Keith Jordan 150912AFCEA - Alamo ChapterKeith Jordan
Vice President, Scholarships and Grants

Senior Master Sergeant Keith Jordan (Retired), is the Chief of DISN Networks at DECC San Antonio. His team is directly responsible for administering routers, switches, and network management tools for various classified and unclassified enclaves.

In his last military assignment, Jordan guided a squadron of 90 personnel- within the 690th Intelligence Support Squadron where his team provided classified collateral and non-collateral network connectivity for Intelligence professionals. Previous jobs in the area; Superintendent of the “New” 624th Operations Center (24AF’s Command and Control element). Month’s prior to Keith’s arrival, the Secretary of the Air Force directed the development and stand up of the first Air Force, Cyber Operations Center, paving the way for absolute Command and Control over Cyber enterprise forces securing Mission assurance throughout the Full spectrum of Communications.

Captain Ersan Jon Capan and SFC Reid Carpenter

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Clinical Care Flight Paramedic Program

Captain Ersan Jon Capan was direct commissioned into the United States Army Nurse Corps in January 2008. He attended Officer Basic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, following his commission. Prior to entering service in the U.S. Army, he worked as a civilian Emergency Room nurse at Parkland Hospital Emergency Department (ED) in Dallas, Texas, University of California – Los Angeles Hospital ED, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital ED, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Howard University Hospital ED, Washington, D.C. .

Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Thiem

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Air Force 111217Lt. Col. Lisa Thiem
Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 842
Professor, Aerospace Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio

Lieutenant Colonel Lisa S. Thiem is the Commander of AFROTC Detachment 842 and the Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her commissioned in 1998 from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Alabama.

Her first operational assignment was at Brooks AFB, TX from 1999-2001.  In December 2001, she was reassigned to Cannon AFB, NM, where she worked as a communications officer.  In Jul 2003, Lt Col Thiem was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, OH, where she graduated with a Masters in Information Resource Management.  Upon completion of her degree, Lt Col Thiem was assigned to the Human Effectiveness Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Following her assignment at Wright-Patterson, she moved to the 53d CSS at Eglin AFB.  From 2010-2011, she deployed to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom.  Upon her return in 2011, Lt Col Thiem transferred to Schriever AFB, CO, to work for the Joint Forces Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense.  As of August 2014, she was reassigned to her present position as the Commander of AFROTC Detachment 842 at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


1998 Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Troy State University in Montgomery

2003 Squadron Officer School in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL

2005 Masters of Science in Information Resource Management, Air Force Institute of Technology

2008 Masters of Science in Security Management, American Military University

2009 Masters, Military Operational Arts and Science Air Command and Staff College

2014 Joint Professional Military Education II, Norfolk, VA

2014 Air War College in correspondence



Joint Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf

Meritorious Service Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaves

Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf

Air Force Achievement Medal

Colonel Andrew Gale

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Col Andew Gale 150822AETC logo, 121222Colonel Andrew Gale
Director of Communications
Air Education and Training Command

Col. Andrew J. Gale is the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. As director, he is the functional leader for 7,000 communications professionals, providing information technology services to more than 62,000 personnel at 12 major installations. He leads a directorate staff composed of 150 military and civilian personnel. Colonel Gale is responsible for formulating and providing policy and guidance for all communications budgeting, programming, operations, and maintenance activities within the command, as well as executing a $35 million annual operations budget. Colonel Gale also executes AETC’s Chief Information Officer duties. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies for integrating information technology across AETC.