Major Michael T. Cook is the commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Command Detachment 207, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as detachment commander and Chairperson of the Department of Aerospace Studies with the academic rank of full professor. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and educating officer candidates from nine universities in two states, and he manages over $2M of scholarship, subsistence, and recruiting funds.
Major Cook graduated cum laude from Hannibal LaGrange College in 1999. After attending Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL, he was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He analyzed simulations supporting acquisition of the F-35 and UCAV. Major Cook next obtained a Masters of Science in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). His thesis addressed the military worth of the advanced tactical laser using aggregated output from three simulation levels. After AFIT, he served as an analyst at the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) assessing the survivability of nuclear plans and leading the Command’s annual implementation affecting all nuclear and conventional planning factors. Following USSTRATCOM, Major Cook served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy teaching cadets about both leadership and mathematics. During that time, he lead the department’s largest course of 900 cadets and 15+ instructors through a major course overhaul, improving assessment of cadet comprehension. Thereafter, he deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as Air Mobility Division Strategy Chief. After instructing, Maj Cook transferred to the Air Mobility Command Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron where he developed assessment metrics for tests and conducted analysis on test results. For the last two years, he served as the Assistant Director of Operations, providing oversight and coordination on 40 tests per year.
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