MU Air Force ROTC Det 440 Air Force

Detachment 440 Cadre

The cadre consists of five officers: a commander (Professor of Aerospace Studies) and four academic instructors (Assistant Professors of Aerospace Studies). The cadre staff includes two Noncommissioned Officers who provide mission support and military training expertise for the cadets. The cadre and staff bring a wealth of real-world Air Force experience to their classrooms.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Karim S. Abdulkhalik
  • Lieutenant Colonel Karim S. Abdulkhalik
  • Commander
  • Lt Col Abdulkhalik graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Commission from Air Force ROTC. His operational assignments began at McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), NJ, where as Chief of Aircrew Training he led the intelligence training for Intel and aircrew personnel. In his next assignment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Captain Abdulkhalik was assigned as Chief of Systems and Security ensuring home-based and deployable systems and facilities were operational and secure. While at Kadena, he moved to become a Crew Commander for the 353d Special Operations Command Center tracking and reporting on personnel and equipment directly supporting worldwide operations. Returning to the states, he became Chief of Safety and Intel programs for Air Combat Command's Ranges Directorate collaborating with the Navy, Army and Marines to ensure training at U.S. bombing ranges were conducted in the safest and most efficient manner. Lt Col Abdulkhalik then joined the ranks of the Air Force Reserves both at Wright Patterson AFB and the Pentagon where he did much of his military work as an analyst directly supporting both field operating units for the Army and Air Force as well as strategic analysis for Air Force headquarters. He has deployed in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH twice, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Lt Col Abdulkhalik assumed command of Air Force ROTC Det 440 in August 2017.

  • Captain Nolan D. O'Keefe
  • Captain Nolan D. O'Keefe
  • Operations Flight Commander
  • Captain Nolan D. O'Keefe is the Operations Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).

    Capt O'Keefe graduated from Colorado State University Det 090 as a Distinguished Graduate in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Entering active duty as an Acquisition Officer, Capt O'Keefe was assigned to the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSAC) at Wright-Patterson AFB. While in this office, he served as a Command Country Manager for the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Republic of Georgia. Following this position, Capt O'Keefe served as the Executive Officer to the Director of AFSAC. In 2014 prior to arriving at Det 440, Capt O'Keefe served in the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) program office as a program manager responsible for the development of the aircraft system requirements. He assumed his current position in December 2015. In 2016, Capt O'Keefe earned a Masters of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri.

  • Captain Raymond J. Primmer
  • Captain Raymond J. Primmer
  • Education Flight Commander
  • Captain Raymond J. Primmer is the Education Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri (MU). He is responsible for MU and Air University academic policies, procedures, educational content pertaining to Air Force ROTC staff members and students.

    Capt Primmer graduated from Cerro Gordo High School, IL in 1997 and entered active duty in January 1998. As an enlisted member, he began as a Pavement and Grounds technician in the Civil Engineering Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, MT. Capt Primmer then became an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Facility Maintenance Technician, where he performed as a team chief, trainer and quality assurance evaluator. In 2009, he was selected for and attended Air Force Officer Training School (OTS), where he was awarded distinguished graduate honors. As a Missile and Munitions Maintenance officer, Capt Primmer has been a section and flight commander. Prior to coming to Det 440, he was assigned to Whiteman AFB where he performed duties as the munition squadron’s Operations Officer. He assumed his present position in July 2015.

  • Captain Kurtis Droppa
  • Captain Kurtis Droppa
  • Recruiting Flight Commander
  • Captain Kurtis E. Droppa is the Recruiting Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 440, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).

    Capt Droppa is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Russian. As an Intelligence Officer, Captain Droppa served with the 552nd Air Control Wing, supporting E-3 AWACS aircraft at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Following this position, Captain Droppa was assigned to the Pacific Command’s intelligence directorate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. Here, he worked with the Defense Intelligence Agency leading a team of analysts focused on China’s air and air defense forces. In 2015, Capt Droppa earned a Masters of Arts in Strategic Intelligence from the American Military University. In 2016, he earned a graduate certificate in Chinese Intelligence Concerns from the National Intelligence University. He assumed his current position in June 2017.

  • Technical Sergeant Margaret E. Horton
  • Technical Sergeant Margaret E. Horton
  • NCOIC, Personnel
  • TSgt Margaret Horton is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Personnel at Detachment 440, University of Missouri.  TSgt Horton graduated from Matewan High School in 1990.  She joined the United States Air Force in November 1998.  She completed technical school at Keesler AFB, MS and was assigned to Misawa AB, Japan.  Her other assignments include Ramstein AB, Germany and Sheppard AFB, Texas.  Her last deployment came while assigned to the 82d Force Support Squadron at Sheppard AFB, TX where she worked in Force Management.  TSgt Horton came to Det 440 at MU in July 2014.

  • Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Bolden
  • Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Bolden
  • NCOIC, Knowledge Operations Management
  • SSgt Matthew Bolden is the non-commissioned officer in charge of Administration Management at Detachment 440, University of Missouri Columbia (MU). SSgt Bolden graduated from The New School for Enterprise and Development in Washington D.C. He joined the United States Air Force in May of 2009. He completed technical training school at Keesler AFB, MS and was assigned to the 480th Group at Fort Gordon, Georgia. SSgt Bolden left the 480th Group to work at the Pentagon in the A3 section. He has also deployed to the SOCCENT Task Force at Al Udeid Air Bade, Qatar. SSgt Bolden came to Det 440 at MU in September of 2016.

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