Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Thiem, airing Aug. 29

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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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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.

San Antonio Councilman Ron Nirenberg

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San Antonio City Council
District 8

Ron Nirenberg was first elected to San Antonio’s City Council, representing District 8, on June 15, 2013. He is a voice for San Antonio families and believes in the values of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency in government.

During his tenure, Councilman Nirenberg has focused on solutions to San Antonio’s deepest challenges, which include improving transportation infrastructure, securing our long-term water supply, and creating jobs.

Colonel Evan Renz

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Brooke Army Medical Center

COL (Dr.) Evan M. Renz assumed command of Brooke Army Medical Center on Oct. 20, 2014. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and his commission as a Medical Service Corps officer through ROTC at South Dakota State University in 1983. His initial duty assignment to the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg included duty as a Platoon Leader in 325th Infantry (Abn) followed by assignments as Company Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, and Company Commander within the 307th Medical Battalion (Abn).

Scott Woodard

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Historian, Office of Medical History
U.S. Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage

Scott C. Woodard is an historian in the Office of Medical History at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage, having previously served in the U.S. Army for over 22 years. He holds a bachelors in history from The Citadel and a masters in military medical history from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “Woody” is a certified Military Historian from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

He recently returned from Kuwait and Afghanistan, where he documented medical history for the U.S. Army. His latest writing, currently pending publication, includes a chapter on the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War.

Charles Huff

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Charles Huff 150725Lt. Col. Charles Huff (USAF-ret.)
USHealth Advisors

Lt. Col. Charles Huff grew up in the small town of Poteau in eastern Oklahoma, graduated from the University of Oklahoma and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force in 1963.   He won his Air Force pilot wings at Reese Air Force Base, Texas in 1964. Over the next 21 years, Charley amassed over 5,700 hours of high-performance jet time in the T38, F4 Phantom, and, F15 Eagle.

He served in two combat tours in Southeast Asia. The first tour was to Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand in 1970, the home of the famed Eighth Tactical Fighter Wing, (Wolfpack). As a Wolf FAC, Capt. Huff flew over 100 missions as a forward air controller in the F4D Phantom. The second tour was to Udorn, Thailand where he flew the F4E. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, twenty three Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. His follow-on assignment was to Randolph AFB as a T38 instructor in Pilot Instructor Training. In 1972, then “Capt.” Huff was named Air Training Command “Instructor Pilot of the Year”.

Sig Christenson and Brent Boller

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Senior Reporter
San Antonio Express-News

Sig Christenson is a senior writer covering the military for the San Antonio Express-News, with more than 2,700 stories in print during his 16 years at the paper. Christenson’s projects at the Express-News include “Witness to War,” a special section recounting the invasion and early occupation of Iraq, “The Only Retreat,” a three-part series detailing the sole U.S. defeat during the Iraq invasion, and a number of stories on soldier and family stress resulting from repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

His work includes the ongoing military sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood and subsequent legal proceedings for the accused gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan. Christenson was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has been to Baghdad and Afghanistan seven times since. He has previously traveled on reporting assignments to Honduras, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany, France and England, as well as Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar.