Faculty

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Stappen

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Stappen

Adjunct 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.


Portrait of Captain Michael Kraft

Major Michael Kraft

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Studies
Education Officer, Det 085

Major Michael Kraft is an Assistant Adjunct Professor within the Department of Aerospace Studies.  He teaches Evolution of Air & Space Power (AS2) and Air Force Leadership Laboratory (AS100).  He also serves as the detachment’s Education Officer.

Major Kraft is a Nuclear Operations Officer (13N) within the United States Air Force.  He commissioned into the Air Force through Officer Training School in 2012. He is a proud graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and holds a Master of Science in Global Technology & Development from Arizona State University. Maj Kraft has held positions as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Combat Crew Commander Instructor and served two assignments as the Flight Commander of ICBM Plans & Targeting.  Prior to his assignment at Detachment 085, Maj Kraft was the Executive Officer to the Commander of the National Airborne Operations Center & 595th Command and Control Group at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.


Portrait of Captain Mary Holman

Captain Mary Holman

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Studies
Operations Flight Commander, Det 085

Captain Mary Holman is an Assistant Adjunct Professor within the Department of Aerospace Studies. She teaches Foundations of the US Air Force (AS1), Preparation for Active Duty (MA145B), Air Force Leadership Laboratory (AS100) and an Independent Study Space Operations course (MA199-005). Capt Holman serves as the detachment’s Recruiting Officer. Additionally, as a competitive pool and open water swimmer, Captain Holman enthusiastically directs the unit’s physical fitness training program.

Captain Holman is a Space Operations Officer (13S) within the United States Space Force (USSF). She was commissioned into the Air Force through Officer Training School in 2013 and transitioned into the Space Force in 2020. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of South Dakota and her Master’s in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. Captain Holman has served as a Mission Director, Senior Evaluator, and a Satellite Vehicle Operator. Prior to her current position, she was a Launch Operations Director at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.


Portrait of Shawn Whitney

Captain Shawn Whitney

Assistant Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Studies
Recruiting Officer, Det 085

Captain Shawn Whitney is an Assistant Adjunct Professor within the Department of Aerospace Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He teaches Foundations of the US Air Force (AS1), Air Force Leadership Laboratory (AS100), and Aerospace Test Foundations.  Captain Whitney serves as the detachment’s Recruiting Officer.

Captain Whitney is a Developmental Engineer (62E) within the United States Air Force (USAF).  He was a prior-enlisted Munitions (2W0X1) and RF Transmission (3D1X3) specialist before being commissioned in the Air Force through Officer Training School in 2014. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah and his Master’s in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. In previous positions, Captain Whitney has served as the F-22 EW Branch Chief, the 53d EWG Executive Officer, the SPECTRE Program Manager, and the B-1 PFS 6.42 Project Test Lead.