Colonel Rebecca L. Welch, Ph.D, USAF

Acting Dean of Administration/Associate Dean of Curriculum

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Col Rebecca L. Welch is the Acting Dean of Administration and the Associate Dean of Curriculum at the College of International Security Affairs and the Reserve Component Chair for National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.  As Acting Dean of Administration, Col Welch is responsible for a $6.1 million budget, all logistics, travel, events, human resources, and administrative support for the College of International Security Affairs.  As the Associate Dean of Curriculum, she is responsible for the academic curriculum impacting Joint professional military education and civilian academic accreditation for over 700 students annually.  As the Reserve Component Chair, Col Welch serves as the focal point for all Reserve Component faculty and students assigned to National Defense University. 

Col Welch entered the Air Force in 1994 upon completion of the  ROTC Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and  served on active duty as a personnel officer and special agent with  the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.  She separated from active duty in 2004 but continued to serve the United States Air Force as an Officer Training School Instructor, an Executive Officer, Squadron Commander, and as the IMA to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.   


EDUCATION  
1994 Bachelor of Arts degree in English, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C. 
1999 Master of Arts degree in English Literature, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. 
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 
2006 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 
2012 Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Justice, Law, and Society, American University, Washington, D.C. 
2015 Air War College, by correspondence 
2016 Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 


ASSIGNMENTS 

1.    September 1994 - January 1997, Chief, Career Enhancements, HQ AFOSI MPF, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
2.    January 1997- April 1997, student, AFOSI Academy, Andrews AFB, Md.
3.    April 1997 - August 1997, agent, AFOSI Detachment 425, Bolling AFB, Washington D.C.
4.    August 1997 – August 1999, Operations Officer, AFOSI Det 433, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5.    August 1999 - January 2000, Counterintelligence and Information Operations Staff Officer, 8th Field Investigations Region, Peterson AFB, Colo.
6.    January 2000 - August 2002, Information Operations Staff Officer, 5th Field Investigations Region, Ramstein AB, Germany
7.    August 2002 - June 2004, Commander, AFOSI Detachment 221, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
8.    December 2004 - December 2008, Flight Commander, 23 Training Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9.    December 2008 – December 2009, Student Squadron Commander, 23 Training Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

10.    December 2009 – November 2010, Director of Reserve Affairs, 23 Training Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11.    November 2010 – May 2013, Executive Officer, 39 Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
12.    May 2013 – January 2014, Director of Operations, 433 Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas
13.    January 2014 – July 2015, Commander, 433 Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas
14.    July 2015 – June 2016, student, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15.    July 2016 – April 2017, action and executive officer, Total Force Continuum, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16.    April 2017 – June 2018, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Assistant Vice Chief and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17.    June 2018 – present, Reserve Component Chair, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS  
Legion of Merit 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Achievement Medal 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster National Defense Service Medal with bronze star 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
Air and Space Campaign Medal 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Second Lieutenant Aug. 11, 1994 
First Lieutenant Aug. 11, 1996 
Captain Aug. 11, 1998 
Major Aug. 11, 2005 
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 11, 2012 
Colonel May 1, 2017 


(Current as of January 2020)