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Captain Wayne "Mike" Straw - Operations Flight Commander


Captain Straw is the Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 650, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Captain Straw was born in Tucson, Arizona, but was raised as an “Air Force Brat.” He enlisted in the Air Force in 1988 as a Communications and Computer Systems Operator. His enlisted assignments included Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Maxwell Air Force Base - Gunter Annex, Alabama, RAF Molesworth, England, and San Antonio, Texas. In 2003, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and then earned a commission in 2004 after attending Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

After commissioning, Capt Straw was assigned to the 55th Mission Support Squadron as the Squadron Section Commander. In April 2006, he was reassigned as the Squadron Adjutant for the 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron, where he led the personnel, manpower, and financial programs for the aircrew operating the E-4B, National Airborne Operations Center. He then moved to the 97th Intelligence Squadron in January 2007, where he served as Squadron Section Commander for the largest flying squadron in the Air Force. In December of that year, he was brought back to the 55th Mission Support Squadron to help lead the merging of the squadron with the 55th Services Squadron and became the Officer in Charge of Readiness for the newly established 55th Force Support Squadron in November 2008. He then deployed in December to Joint Base Balad in Iraq where he served as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Upon his return in April 2009, he served as Executive Officer to the Commander, 55th Mission Support Group.

In July 2010, Capt Straw accepted an assignment to become an Assistant professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Flight Commander for AFROTC Detachment 650 at the University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio, where he currently serves. He completed his work on his Masters in Business Administration from Touro University International that same month.


1995 Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2003 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Grantham University, Slidell, Louisiana

2004 Officers Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2005 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2009 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2010 Master of Business Administration, Touro University International, Cypress, California


1. Oct 88 - Jun 92, Database Administrator, 27th Communications Squadron, Cannon AFB, New Mexico

2. Jun 92 - Jul 96, Information Systems Programmer, Standard Systems Group, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Alabama

3. Sep 96 - Jul 99, Information Systems Security Manager Agent, Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, England

4. Jul 99 - Jan 04, Lead Application Programmer, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office, San Antonio, Texas

5. Jan 04 - Apr 04, Officer Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

6. Apr 04 - Apr 06, Squadron Section Commander, 55th Mission Support Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

7. Apr 06 - Jan 07, Squadron Adjutant, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

8. Jan 07 - Dec 07, Squadron Section Commander, 97th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

8. Dec 07 - Dec 08, Officer In Charge, Readiness, 55th Force Support Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

9. Dec 08 - Apr 09, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, Iraq

10. Apr 09 - Jul 10, Executive Officer, 55th Mission Support Group, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

11. Jul 10 - Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 650, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters


Offutt Air Force Base Force Support Company Grade Officer of the Year

1st Airborne Command Control Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year

Standard Systems Center Operations Support Directorate Noncommissioned Officer of the Year


Second Lieutenant –   April 2004

First Lieutenant –   April 2006

Captain  –   April 2008

(As of August 2010)

AFROTC Detachment 650 
Ohio University 
Bromley Hall 159
Athens, Ohio 45701 
Current as of '11 Feb 13'

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