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Captain Kester

Captain Brent Kester is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC, Detachment 005, Auburn, AL. In this capacity, he instructs sophomore courses on leadership and Air Force history, and has responsibility for training and mentoring more than 130+ students preparing to become Air Force officers.

Captain Kester completed his undergraduate studies in 2009 at Charleston Southern University, SC, and commissioned through their AFROTC program at Detachment 772. As an acquisition program manager, he has worked the previous eight years on various types of programs, such as: Missile Warning and Space Tracking and Surveillance radar, hyperbaric Research Altitude Chambers, and Small Diameter Bomb II.  As deputy test team lead on the $4.7B SDB II program, Captain Kester was responsible for cost, schedule, and performance associated with the $69M test budget and directed dozens of successful developmental test flights.

Captain Kester is prior enlisted and served as an Aircraft Loadmaster on the C-141B StarLifter for over six years.


2006 - Associate of Art degree in general studies, Indian River State College, Vero Beach, FL
2009 - Bachelor of Science degree in economics, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC
2011 - Air and Space Basic Course, in-residence
2014 - Squadron Officer School, in-residence
2016 - Master of Arts degree in leadership and management, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK


  1. November 1998 – October 2001; Enlisted Aircrew, 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, WA
  2. October 2001 – November 2004; Enlisted Aircrew, 6th Airlift Squadron McGuire AFB, NJ
  3. November 2004 – December 2009; Student, Undergraduate work and ROTC, Charleston, SC
  4. December 2009 – June 2011; Project Manager, PARCS Radar and Missile Warning Program Control, AFMC (ESC), Peterson AFB, CO
  5. June 2011 – August 2012; Project Manager, Eglin Radar, AFMC (ESC), Peterson AFB, CO
  6. August 2012 – August 2014; Program Manager, Research Altitude Chamber, AFLCMC, Wright-Patt AFB, OH
  7. August 2014 – October 2014; Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  8. October 2014 – July 2015; Program Manager, Mission Planning Software; Project Manager, B61-12 Tailkit Program, AFLCMC, Eglin AFB, FL
  9. July 2015 – July 2016: Chief, Strategic Communications (CAG/PEG), AFLCMC, Eglin AFB, FL
  10. July 2016 – October 2018: Flight Test Manager (PM), Small Diameter Bomb II Program, AFLCMC, Eglin AFB, FL
  11. October 2018 – Present: Det 005, Auburn University – APAS/EFC

Flight Information

Rating: non-rated aircrew
Flight hours: more than 2,400 
Aircraft flown in: C-141B

Major Awards and Decorations

Effective Dates of Promotion

Captain Dec. 19, 2013

Last Updated: January 14, 2019