Lieutenant Colonel Mark L. Adkins is the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 218 and Professor and Department Chair of Aerospace Studies at Indiana State University He is responsible for recruiting, training and commissioning all AFROTC cadets on the Indiana State University campus as well as cadets from 5 other “cross-town” colleges in the Terre Haute region.
Lt Col Adkins received his commission as an AFROTC Distinguished Graduate through Iowa State University in 1989. Before assuming his current position, he served as the Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the Airborne Command Post “Looking Glass”, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Lt Col Adkins is a Master Space and Senior Missile Operator with 24 years of military service controlling operations for various Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Missile Warning and Missile Defense systems. Additionally, he has served as an Executive Officer at USNORTHCOM, and as an Instructor at the National Security Space Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry from Iowa State University. He assumed his present position in July 2011.
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