Lt Col Shawn Stappen

Lt Col Shawn Stappen Official Photo

Lt Col Shawn Stappen
Professor of Aerospace Studies
Commander, Det 085

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Stappen is the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 085.  He is an Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches National Security in Contemporary Society (MA145A) and Preparation for Active Duty (MA145B).   Additionally, Colonel Stappen teaches an independent studies Innovative Leadership course that introduces value-centered process improvement and creative leadership principles to students.

Lieutenant Colonel Stappen is an Airfield Operations Officer (13M) in the United States Air Force (USAF).  He was commissioned into the Air Force through AFROTC, Detachment 800.  He obtained a Bachelor’s in Geography from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Colonel Stappen has served in a variety of airfield, air traffic control and airspace roles.  Notably he served as Chief Mission Director and Presidential Executive Officer supporting the President’s movement aboard Air Force One. Before his commission, he was a prior enlisted A-10 and KC-135 aircraft mechanic having enlisted in 1995 and served on both active duty and in the Air National Guard reserve.