Detachment 255 Commander 

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew E. Youmans

Lt Col Matthew E. Youmans is the Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 255 at the University of Iowa. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and educating students for entry into the Air Force and Space Force as commissioned officers. 

Lt Col Youmans earned his commission in 2005 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps upon graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in political science. After his commissioning, Lt Col Youmans enabled the Nation’s strategic deterrence force as an ICBM combat crew commander, instructor, inspector, and nuclear war plans analyst. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Youmans was the Director of Staff in Air Command and Staff College’s Department of International Security, where he educated, mentored, and evaluated Joint and international military officers and civilians on international relations, national security, and military strategy. An AETC Master Instructor, Lt Col Youmans also holds master’s degrees in Public Administration from American Military University and Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. 

Bio Photo of Lt Col Youmans

Detachment 255 Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Matthew E. Youmans

2005 Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, University of Iowa, IA

2005 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

2005 Space 100 Training Course, Vandenberg AFB, CA

2006 ICBM Operations Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA

2011 Master’s degree in Public Administration, American Military University, VA

2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2019 Nuclear Weapons Effects, Planning, and Policy Certificate, Air Force Institute of Technology, OH

2019 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

2019 Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, AL

  1. July 2005 – April 2006: Space and Missile Operations Student, 392nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  2. April 2006 – August 2009: ICBM Combat Crew Commander and Instructor, 320th Missile Squadron, F. E. Warren AFB, WY
  3. August 2009 – April 2010: Chief, ICBM Training Scenarios, 90th Operations Support Squadron, F. W. Warren AFB, WY
  4. April 2010 – August 2011: Instructor, ICBM Operations Training, 392nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  5. August 2011 – July 2012: Instructor Supervisor, ICBM Emergency War Order Training, 392nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  6. July 2012 – February 2014: Instructor Supervisor, then Flight Commander, ICBM Operations Training, 532nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  7. February 2014 – July 2016: Strategic Missile Analyst, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  8. July 2016 – May 2017: Executive Officer, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  9. May 2017 – July 2018: ICBM Operations Inspector, then Chief, ICBM Inspections, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, LA
  10. July 2018 – July 2021: Student, Academic Instructor, then Director of Staff, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  11. July 2021 – Present: Commander, AFROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa 
     

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Combat Readiness Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ Device and one oak leaf cluster

Effective Dates of Promotion
Rank Date
Second Lieutenant June 13, 2005
First Lieutenant June 13, 2007
Captain June 13, 2009
Major January 1, 2016
Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 2020

 

Operations Flight Commander 

Captain Brett C. Lechtenberg

Capt Brett C. Lechtenberg is the Operations Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and educating students from three universities and colleges for commissioning into the Air and Space Force as second lieutenants. 

Capt Lechtenberg graduated from Weber Statue University and received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 850 at the University of Utah in 2014.  Throughout his career, Capt Lechtenberg had deployed once in support of operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support and has held various positions at the wing level. Prior to his current assignment, Capt Lechtenberg served as the Financial Analysis Flight Commander leading a 13-person organization and an additional 45 resource advisors across the installation to provide decision support to 4 groups, 25 squadrons, and 16 staff agencies.  As the installation’s Budget Officer, Capt Lechtenberg developed and executed the wing’s $178 million portfolio of Air Force ad Special Operations Funds.  He also led a cell of 12 high-performing company grade and noncommissioned officer innovators, guiding the 5,000-member wing to curate ideas that will increase the wing’s readiness and lethality for years to come.
 

Bio Photo of Capt Lechtenberg

Bio Information for Operations Flight Commander

2014 Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Weber State University, UT

2015 Basic Financial Management Officer Course, Keesler AFB, MS

2020 Master of Business Administration, Liberty University, VA

2020 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

  1. June 2015 – July 2016: Budget Analyst, Global Positioning Systems Directorate, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  2. July 2016 – June 2018: Flight Commander, Financial Operations, Financial Management Directorate, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  3. June 2018 – July 2019: Lead Acquisition Financial Analyst, Program Integration Directorate, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  4. July 2019 – July 2021: Flight Commander, Financial Analysis, 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM 
  5. July 2021 – Present: Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa 

Joint Service Commendation Medal with “C” device

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

NATO Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion
Rank Date
Second Lieutenant December 20, 2014
First Lieutenant March 20, 2017
Captain March 20, 2019

 

Recruitment Officer and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies   

Captain Amanda L. Anderson-Gonzalez 

Capt Amanda L. Anderson-Gonzalez is the Recruiting and Admissions Officer as well as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies   at Air Force ROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She is responsible for recruiting, educating, and training students from three universities and colleges for commissioning into the Air Force as second  lieutenants.

Capt Anderson-Gonzalez is a 2012 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she commissioned into the United States Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She served in various positions within the Missile Operations and Aircraft Maintenance career fields, spending three years as a Missile Operator, working with Airmen from 5 AFSCs and directly responsible for 150 nuclear Minuteman III missiles. She then cross-trained into the Aircraft Maintenance field where she served in various positions to include flight commander and executive officer. She also served in the 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer-in-Charge, working with over 200 Airmen in T-38 and F-22 TFI units. Additionally, she worked in a Command-level position leading a team of 110 Airmen and civilians across eight work centers and 10 AFSCs, overseeing 25 unit programs and a 18,000-hour Flying Hour Program for the 1st Fighter Wing’s 60 aircraft.

Captain Amanda L. Gonzalez Bio Photo

Bio

2012  Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2013  Nuclear and Missile Operations Course, Vandenberg AFB, California

2016  Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2018  Maintenance Officer Intermediate Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2018  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2020 Master of Science in International Relations, Troy University, Troy, Alabama

  1. April 2013 - March 2015, Deputy Combat Crew Commander, 321st Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
  2. March 2015 - Aug 2015, Squadron Command Post Crew, 321st Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
  3. Aug 2015 - March 2016, 90th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation Division, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
  4. March 2016 - Nov 2016, Propulsion Flight Commander, 1st Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  5. Nov 2016 - Oct 2017, Executive Officer, 1st Maintenance Group, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  6. Oct 2017 - Sep 2018, Maintenance Operations Flight Commander, 1st Maintenance Group Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  7. Sep 2018 - Jun2019, Officer-In-Charge, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  8. June 2019 - Present, Operations Flight Commander, Detachment 255, University of Iowa, Iowa

Air Force Nuclear Operations with “N” Device

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak clusters

Outstanding Unit Award 

Second Lieutenant, May 2012

First Lieutenant, May 2014

Captain, May 2016

(Current as of August 2020)

NCOIC - Personnel 

Technical Sergeant Matthew B. McKinney

TSgt Matthew B. McKinney is the NCOIC of Personnel at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 255, University of Iowa. As the NCOIC of Personnel, he is responsible for various cadet actions that occur during the cadet life cycle. The administrative task of creating and maintaining cadet information files results in the annual commissioning of high quality second lieutenants who are fully prepared and motivated to excel across a spectrum of active duty leadership assignments.

TSgt McKinney entered Air Force basic training in December 2010 and graduated from the Personnel Apprentice course in April 2011. His first duty station as a Personnel Apprentice was Eielson AFB, Alaska, which he served in multiple roles ranging from a Force Management Apprentice, to an Installation Personnel Readiness Journeyman. He later served at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, as the NCOIC of the Commanders Support Staff. Prior to his current position, he was the NCOIC of Career Development at the 821st Support Squadron, Thule AB, Greenland.

Technical Sergeant Matthew B. McKinney Official Photo

Technical Sergeant Matthew B. McKinney Bio

  • 2015 Airman Leadership School, RAF Feltwell, United Kingdom
  • 2015 Assoc. of Applied Science, Human Resource Management, CCAF
  • 2019 Non-Comissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 2019 Bachelors of Arts Degree in Organizational Management, Ashford University, California

  1. May 2011 - September 2014, Career Development Journeyman, 354 Force Support Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
  2. September 2014 - September 2017, NCOIC, Commander Support Staff Personnel Programs, 352 Special Operations Maintenance Aircraft Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  3. October 2017 - September 2018, NCOIC, Career Development 821 Support Squadron, Thule AB, Greenland
  4. September 2018 - Present, NCOIC, Personnel, University of Iowa AFROTC Detachment 255, Iowa City, Iowa

  • Air Force Commendation Medal, 1 OLC
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 2 OLC

NCOIC - Administration

Staff Sergeant Martina Nielsen 

Staff Sergeant Martina N. Nielsen is the NCOIC of Administration at Air Force  Reserve Corps Training (AFROTC) Detachment 255 at The University of Iowa. As such, she is the focal point for various accessions programs, managing all administrative and personnel ROTC cadet actions and updates. Efficiently creating and maintaining individual cadets’ files enables a smooth transition to commissioning into exemplary second lieutenants who are equipped to lead and excel.

SSgt Nielsen entered Air Force basic training in November 2010 and graduated from the Knowledge Operations Apprentice course in April 2011.  Her first duty station as a Knowledge Operations Apprentice was Eielson AFB, Alaska, serving as an Information Manager at the base’s Health and Wellness Center, base Publications & Forms Manager and base Postal Specialist. Once she transitioned to Administration, she finished her tenure at the Commander Support Staff. SSgt Nielsen then moved to Whiteman AFB, MO where she continued her Commander Support Staff duties as the NCOIC at two separate squadrons, as well as deployed to Al Udeid, Air Base, Kuwait as the Civil Engineering Squadron’s NCOIC, Administration.                                                      

 

NCOIC, Administration Staff Sergeant Martina Nielsen

Bio

2014     Airman Leadership School, Eielson AFB, AK

  1. April 2011 - December 2015, Knowledge Operations Journeyman, 354th Maintenance Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
  2. January 2016 - August 2019, NCOIC, Commander Support Staff, 509th Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman AFB, MO
  3. July 2017 - January 2018, NCOIC, Administration, 386th Civil Engineering Squadron, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait
  4. August 2019 - Present, NCOIC, Administration, The University of Iowa AFROTC Det 255, Iowa City, Iowa

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Airman Basic               Nov 10

Airman First Class       Jan 11

Senior Airman             May 13

Staff Sergeant              Sep 17

(Current as of January 2021)