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Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth A. McDonald

LT. Col. McDonald

Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth A. "Allan" McDonald is the Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 005 at Auburn University. He serves as head of the university's Aerospace Studies department, instructs senior and sophomore courses on national security affairs and airpower history, supervises five faculty and staff members, and has overall responsibility for training and mentoring more than 100 students preparing to become Air Force officers.

Lt Col McDonald received his commission in 1999 through AFROTC at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Master Combat Systems Officer (CSO), and has flown over 2,000 hours, serving as an instructor electronic warfare officer/CSO and flight examiner in the RC-135U and T-1A aircraft. He has combat hours during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Lt Col McDonald is a Joint Qualified Officer.


  • 1999: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • 2005: Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
  • 2007: Master of Human Resources Administration degree, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • 2009: Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
  • 2015: Air War College (Correspondence)
  • 2015: Joint Professional Military Education - Phase II, Joint Forces Staff College, VA
  • 2017: Command and Control Warrior Advanced Course, Hurlburt Field, FL


  1. May 1999 - July 2000, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
  2. July 2000 - May 2001, Student, RC-135U Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  3. Jun 2001 - December 2005, RC-135U Instructor Electronic Warfare Officer and Flight Examiner, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
  4. January 2006 - March 2010, Branch Chief/Flight Commander and later Assistant Operations Officer, Signals Analysis Squadron, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
  5. April 2010 - May 2013, T-1A Instructor Combat systems Officer/Assistant Director of Operations and later Director of Staff, 479th Operations Support Squadron, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
  6. June 2013 - June 2016, Deputy Branch Chief/JTE Military Lead, Operations Officer, and later Officer in Charge, Air Force Center of Excellence, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Lackland AFB, Texas
  7. June 2016 - June 2018, Operational Assessment Team Chief and later Deputy Strategy Division Chief, 608th Air Operations Center, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  8. June 2018 - Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 005, Auburn University, Alabama

Flight Information

  • Rating: Master Combat Systems Officer
  • Flight Hours: More than 2,000
  • Aircraft Flown: RC-135U and T-1A

Major Decorations

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal

Major Decorations

  • Second Lieutenant: April 12, 1999
  • First Lieutenant: April 12, 2001
  • Captain: April 12, 2003
  • Major: October 1, 2008
  • Lieutenant Colonel: April 1, 2014
Last Updated: January 22, 2019