Detachment 860 Cadre
Commander, Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lt Col Smith
Lt Col Steven J. Smith is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 860 and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Utah State University. In these roles, he is responsible for all aspects of recruiting, training, and commissioning future leaders for the United States Air Force.
Lt Col Smith began his military service as an enlisted counterintelligence special agent and Japanese linguist in the Utah Army National Guard from 1990-1997. He received his commission as an Air Force officer in 1999 after graduating from Brigham Young University with a major in Asian Studies and minors in Aerospace Studies and Chinese Language and Literature. Following graduation from the Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Lt Col Smith went on to serve in a variety of assignments at the squadron, wing, and MAJCOM levels. He later earned an MA in International Politics with an emphasis on Chinese politics and diplomacy while studying as an Olmsted Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After serving as a Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Lt Col Smith was a resident student at Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and then at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Smith earned a PhD in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has three wartime deployments.
Operations Flight Commander
Capt Daniel DeVirgilio
Captain Daniel DeVirgilio is Det 860’s Operations Flight Commander, responsible for academic instruction and direct leadership mentoring of Det 860’s cadet wing. He earned his commission and entered the Air Force as a Developmental Engineer in June 2007 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 218, Indiana University, Terre Haute, Indiana. His first assignment was at Wright-Patterson AFB where he worked at the Compressor Research Facility (CRF) before moving to the Battlefield Air Operations (BAO) System Program Office (SPO). Captain DeVirgilio was then assigned to the B-52 SPO at Tinker AFB where he worked on various aspects of the B-52 weapon system and Program Depot Maintenance (PDM) line.
Recruiting Flight Commander
Capt Timothy Shuck
Captain Tim Shuck is Det 860's Recruiting Flight Commander, responsible for recruitment and academic instruction of all incoming Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets at Utah State University. A graduate of Utah State University AFROTC, Capt Shuck earned his commission and entered the Air Force as a Developmental Engineer in May 2009. Prior to his current assignment, he served tours at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (Wright-Patterson AFB, OH), and the Air Force Research Lab (Kirtland AFB, NM). In addition to his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Capt Shuck has a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (Wright-Patterson AFB, OH).
TSgt Ronald Bentson
TSgt Ronald Bentson has been the NCOIC of personnel at AFROTC Det 860, Utah State University, since November 2014. He is responsible for multiple crucial aspects of detachment programs ranging from cadet personnel actions, to financial management, and unit support. Tsgt Bentson also mentors cadets through each year of the AFROTC program, providing guidance and counseling to students and exemplifying the high standards of Air Force non-commissioned officers. He has more than ten years of experience in the Personnel career field. Prior to his current assignment, TSgt Bentson was assigned to the 21st Force Support Squadron at Peterson AFB, CO. He has two wartime deployments.
NCOIC Knowledge Operations Management
SSgt Derrick Larmar
SSgt Derrick Larmar has been the NCOIC of Knowledge Operations Management at AFROTC Det 860, Utah State University, since February 2014. He is responsible for all administrative processes and documentation for roughly 100 cadets seeking to become officers in the United States Air Force. SSgt Larmar also mentors cadets through each year of the AFROTC program, providing guidance and counseling to students and exemplifying the high standards of Air Force non-commissioned officers. He has seven years of experience as a Knowledge Operations Airman and has supported more than 10 squadrons and 4 air base wings. Prior to his current assignment, SSgt Larmar was assigned to the 57th Air Base Wing at Nellis AFB, NV. He has one wartime deployment.
Joann Wade is the administrative assistant for the Department of Aerospace Studies at Utah State University. Since joining the department in 2010, her broad duties have included overseeing the university departmental budget, providing technical support, and assisting the AFROTC cadre with a variety of administrative support and scheduling. Her main focus is on helping the students have a positive experience while attending USU and participating in the AFROTC program. Her favorite part of the job is supporting the students as they work towards achieving their educational and military goals. Joann is married and has four children and five amazing grandkids. While not at work she enjoys spending time with family, being involved in the livestock showing industry, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.