Detachment 365 Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Sheryl A.E. Ott


Lieutenant Colonel Sheryl A. E. Ott is the Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 365 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. She is Detachment 365’s Professor of Aerospace Studies, and a Visiting Professor at MIT, instructing the Air and Space Studies 400: National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty class.

Lieutenant Colonel Ott was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Distinguished Graduate in 1996 when she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Engineering. Following graduation from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas in 1997, she was selected as a T-37 First Assignment Instructor Pilot. Following that assignment, she flew the F-16 at Osan AB, Korea, and Spangdahlem AB, Germany. Lieutenant Colonel Ott was then selected in 2007 as an Olmsted Scholar to study in Tunis, Tunisia for two years, after which she served as J3-O-Air Operations Officer and USCENTCOM Commander’s Action Group Analyst with US Central Command at MacDill AFB, Florida. In 2012, she was assigned to Creech AFB, Nevada flying the MQ-1, where she served as the Director of Operations at the 432 Operations Support Squadron. Lieutenant Colonel Ott finished her time at Creech AFB as the Deputy Commander, 432nd Operations Group. In her previous assignment, she commanded the 49th Operations Support Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM.


1996 B.S/M.Eng, Computer Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
1997 Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX 2001 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2006 Air Command & Staff College, Correspondence Program, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Olmsted Scholar, Air Force Institute of Technology, Tunis, Tunisia
2009 MBA Mediterranean School of Business, Tunis, Tunisia
2013 Air War College, Correspondence Program, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL


1. June 1996 – December 1997, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX
2. April 1998 – April 2001, T-37B Instructor Pilot, 89th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, TX
3. May 2001 – April 2002, Student, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
4. April 2002 – August 2003, F-16 Pilot, Assistant Chief of Scheduling, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Korea
5. August 2003 – November 2003, F-16CJ Pilot, Chief of Squadron Safety, 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, GE
6. November 2003 – March 2006, Chief of Flight Safety, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
7. March 2004 - June 2004, Chief of Safety, 506 Air Expeditionary Group, Kirkuk, Iraq
8. June 2006 – July 2007, Student, Defense Language Institute, DLI-E, Washington, D.C.
9. July 2007 – September 2009, Olmsted Scholar, Tunis, Tunisia
10. September 2009 – January 2011, J3-O Air Operations Officer, US Central Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
11. January 2011 – September 2012, USCENTCOM Commander’s Action Group, USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, FL
12. September 2012 – December 2012, MQ-1B Pilot, 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB, NV
13. December 2012 – June 2014, MQ-1B Evaluator Pilot, Director of Operations, 432 OSS, Creech AFB, NV
14. June 2014 – August 2014, Deputy Commander, 432nd Operations Group, Creech AFB, NV
15. August 2014 – July 2016, Commander, 49th Operations Support Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM
16. August 2016 – present, Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 365, MIT, Cambridge, MA


Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2,200
Aircraft Flown: T-37B, T-38A, AT-38B, F-16C/D, MQ-1B


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal


Second Lieutenant June 30, 1996
First Lieutenant June 30, 1998
Captain June 30, 2000
Major June 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2011

(Current as of Nov 2016)



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