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Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey H. Welborn 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 120 students preparing to become Air Force officers.

Lt Col Welborn received his commission through AFROTC at the University pf Georgia in 1997. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of Operations J3 at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) in Dahlgren, Virginia. Lt Col Welborn has served as an instructor and flight examiner and has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a Joint Qualified Officer.


  • 1997: Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • 2002: Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
  • 2006: Master of Arts, International Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • 2008: Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 2011: US Army Command and General Staff College (In Residence), Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 2012: Joint Forces Staff College, JPME II, Norfolk, VA
  • 2014: Air War College, by correspondence


  1. July 1997 – April 1998, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, NAS Pensacola, FL
  2. April 1998 – December 1998, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX
  3. March 1999-June 1999, Student, C-141B Initial Qualification Course, Altus AFB, OK
  4. June 1999 – September 2000, Wing Navigator and Squadron Scheduler, Charleston AFB, SC
  5. September 2000-September 2001, Student, AC-130H Initial Qualification Course, 19 SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL
  6. September 2001-July 2003, AC-130H Navigator and Plans Officer; later, Chief of Contingency Plans, 16 SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL
  7. July 2003 – February 2006, Flight Commander and Instructor Navigator, 19 SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL
  8. March 2006 – June 2006, Student, T-43A Initial Qualification Course, 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
  9. June 2006 – September 2007, T-43A Instructor Navigator and Executive Officer, 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
  10. September 2007-March 2009, Assistant Director of Operations and T-43A Evaluator Navigator, 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
  11. March 2009-February 2010, Chief Wing Executive Officer, 12 FTW, Randolph AFB, TX
  12. February 2010-November 2010, Director of Operations, 562 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
  13. January 2011-December 2011, Student, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  14. January 2012-March 2012, Student, Joint Forces Staff College, JPME II, Norfolk, VA
  15. March 2012-June 2014, Liaison Officer; later CENTCOM Branch Chief, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Dahlgren, VA
  16. June 2014-July 2015, Deputy Director of Operations, J3, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Dahlgren, VA
  17. July 2015-Present; Commander, AFROTC Detachment 005, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Flight Information

  • Rating: Master Navigator
  • Flight Hours: 1,970
  • Aircraft Flown: T-34B, T-43A, T-1A, C-141B, AC-130H/U, T-6A

Major Decorations

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

Major Decorations

Second Lieutenant 28 May 1997
First Lieutenant 28 May 1999
Captain 28 May 2001
Major 1 March 2007
Lieutenant Colonel 1 May 2012
Last Updated: November 24, 2017