History doctorate recipient selected as a winner of distinguished dissertation award

Published: June 30, 2021

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Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Swartzer, history doctorate recipient, has been selected as one of six winners of the 2021 Auburn University Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award

Swartzer defended his dissertation, “Mental Models and Institutional Change in the U.S. Air Force from the Cold War through the Gulf War," with distinction last summer and walked across the stage in December. He is now an assistant professor in the Department of Airpower at the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery. He currently teaches Airpower Two, Joint-Warfighting, and co-teaches an elective on the history of Airpower Technology. A career Space and Missile officer, he has held assignments in the Minuteman III ICBM and in the Global Positioning System, or GPS, as well as multiple joint and training assignments. Previously assigned to ACSC, he served as an instructor and deputy department chair in the Department of Airpower before being selected to earn his Advanced Academic Degree, or AAD, through the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Civilian Institute Program, or AFIT/CIP.

Submitted by: Victoria Santos