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Detachment 012 Cadre

Page last updated 7/30/2015

Detachment 012, located at Samford University, serves the entire Birmingham area, with students coming from Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Miles College, Jefferson State Community College, University of Montevallo, and Birmingham Southern. Detachment 012 has been forging United States Air Force leaders for over 40 years. With an average freshman class of 20 cadets, Detachment 012 offers individual instruction and great opportunities to lead. Cadets commissioning from Detachment 012 have gone on to be pilots, navigators, dietitians, behavioral psychologists, nurses, doctors, dentists, engineers and much more. We have a tradition of excellence and work our hardest to help every cadet succeed in the program. If you are interested in joining our team of outstanding future leaders for America’s Air Force, click on the contact link and let us know.


Travis D. Dixon

Travis D. Dixon, Lt Col, USAF, Ph.D.

Professor of Aerospace Studies
Commander, AFROTC Detachment 012

B.S., Business Administration, Auburn University at Montgomery  
M.S., Business Administration, Regis University
M.A.,Military Operational Art and Science, Air University
Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

Lieutenant Colonel Dixon is a native of Equality, Alabama. He is a career Air Force officer with more than 21 years of active duty service. As an operator, he served in various positions within the Space and Missile career field as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Crew Member, an ICBM Initial Qualification Instructor/Evaluator, an Atlas Space Lift Crew Member, and a Space Lift Range Operations Officer. As a staff officer at Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command, he supervised the acquisition of training systems for all Space and Missile technical training programs before being assigned to the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College as a student and instructor. Prior to assuming his duties at Samford University, he served as a Deputy Department Chair for the Air Command and Staff College’s Distance Learning program, as well as an Assistant Professor teaching Leadership and Command, Leadership and Warfare, and Airpower History. Lieutenant Colonel Dixon is thankful for the opportunity and privilege of serving his country, Samford University, and the cadets and staff of Detachment 012.

Jacob C. Ringrose

Jacob C. Ringrose, 1Lt, USAF

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
Operations Flight Commander

B.S., Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
Pursuing M.S., Operations Management, University of Alabama

First Lieutenant Ringrose is originally from Eagle Point, Oregon. He spent his first assignment serving at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. During this time he was a civil engineer for the 14th Civil Engineer Squadron where he worked as a Base Developmental Engineer and Chief of Operations Engineering. First Lieutenant Ringrose now serves as the Operations Flight Commander at Samford University’s Detachment 012. First Lieutenant Ringrose is ecstatic to work in the AFROTC career field and thrilled to help mold and shape future officers of the Air Force.

Sunshine Scarbrough

Sunshine Scarbrough, TSgt, USAF

Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Personnel

Completed Human Resources & Management at Community College of Air Force and is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Accounting through Columbia College Missouri

Technical Sergeant Scarbrough is from Texas. She spent her first two years of her enlistment as a Security Forces member at RAF Lakenheath, followed by two more years as an SF member at Malmstrom AFB, MT. After that she cross trained into the Personnel career field and spent two more years at Malmstrom. Following that she was stationed at AFPC at Randolph AFB, TX. Her last assignment before becoming part of the Detachment 012 Cadre was at Maxwell AFB, AL, HQ AFROTC in the Cadet Actions Section.

Nawang Dhondup

Nawang Dhondup, SSgt, USAF

Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, Knowledge Operations Manager

Pursuing Community College of Air Force, Information Management, American Military University

Staff Sergeant Dhondup is a Tibetan American originally from Blaine, Minnesota. He spent the first four years of his enlistment at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. During this period, he supported the 5th Operations Group, 5th Maintenance Group, and the 5th Bomb Wing as a Knowledge Operations Manager. In 2010, he was deployed to Shindand, Afghanistan, as a JET Airman and was assigned to the 445 AEAS. SSgt Dhondup now serves as a Knowledge Operator at Samford University’s Detachment 012. Staff Sergeant Dhondup is committed and feels blessed to help the cadets become United States Air Force Officers.


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