Meet the Cadre
Lieutenant Colonel David L. Weide
Lieutenant Colonel David L. Weide is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 450, the Professor of Aerospace Studies and the Department Head for Aerospace Studies in the College of Engineering at the Montana State University (MSU). He is responsible for the all detachment and cadet programs including the recruiting, training and commissioning of all AFROTC cadets on the MSU campus. Lt Col Weide also instructs the AS400 senior-level course on National Security Strategy, Senior Cadet's Active Duty Preparation, the AS200 sophomore-level course on Air Power History and the AS100 course on the Foundations of the United States Air Force. Lt Col Weide also serves as the Education Officer for Detachment 450.
Captain Eddie F. Cunningham
Captain Cunningham is the Operations Flight Commander and acting Recruiting Flight
Commander at Detachment 450. His responsibilities include oversight of all cadet
wing operations and coordinating all cadet wing activities. He is also responsible
for leading, recruiting, training, counseling and evaluating students and cadets in
Air Force ROTC. He works closely with the university and community to identify and
recruit quality applicants for this program. He is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace
Studies and provides instruction on each level of the Air Force ROTC program. Captain
Cunningham joined AFROTC Det 450 in February 2015.
Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Eddie Cunningham serves as the Recruiting Flight Commander at Detachment 450 until another cadre member is assigned.
NCOIC of Personnel
Technical Sergeant Anthony R. Torres
Technical Sergeant Anthony Torres is the NCOIC of Personnel Operations at Detachment 450. His responsibilities include, but not limited to, managing cadet life-cycle personnel actions such as records, medical/physicals, enlistments, categorization and commissioning. He is the primary NCO responsible for security clearance processing and medical clearance processing. He joined AFROTC Detachment 450 in December 2013.
NCOIC of Information Management & Administration
Staff Sergeant Tara M. Donato
Staff Sergeant Tara Donato is the NCIOC of Information Management at Detachment 450. Her responsibilities include the management of cadet actions and critical information relating to commissioning and cadet processing. She is the primary NCO responsible for cadet tuition and pay and she manages uniform supply. She joined AFROTC Detachment 450 in February 2015.
Ms. Melissa Turney
Ms. Turney is a veteran of the US Air Force and a former student of Montana State
University. As the department's administrative assistant, she is responsible for
coordinating departmental actions with the university and office management for the
Department Head and Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 450. She is responsible
for coordinating High School Scholarship Interviews as well as the university Room
& Board scholarship program. Ms. Turney joined AFROTC Detachment 450 in January 2016.
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Last updated 1/05/2016