Generals Visit The Prep School

Recently the Prep School had the honor of being visited by Maj Gen Armagno, Brig Gen Armacost and Gen (Ret) Wolfenbarger.

For the Prep School PLT's training theme through March is "servant leadership" and Major General Armagno who was the first to visit discussed how she applied her knowledge of servant leadership (or learned more about it) through warning ops, working as a junior officer, leading launch and range ops, and directing a MAJCOM staff. The end objective was for the preppies to understand how to be a servant leader at all levels in the chain of command. March is also Women's History Month, and Maj Gen Armagno provided remarks on serving as an officer as a woman.

Sadly we were only able to catch the end of her visit but we got glimpses of her talking one on one with the Preppies!



Some background on Major General Armagno;

Major General Nina M. Armagno is the Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for developing strategy, doctrine and policy for the command's space and cyberspace operations; defining the future of space and cyberspace systems through requirements definition, mission area architectures, analysis, science and technology development in support of the joint warfighter, Department of Defense, civil, and national users. The General also manages the command's international relations and foreign disclosure programs. Mission areas include missile warning/defense, military satellite communications, cyber warfare network operations, precision navigation and timing, space control, space protection, and launch and range.

General Armagno earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where she was responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. She also served as Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California; Commander and Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; Senior Military Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Squadron and Installation Commander, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Director of Operations, 1st Space Warning Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.


Next to visit was Brigadier General Armacost, during his time with the Preppies he mostly spoke about what the preppies can expect of the academic curriculum next year, at the end Cadets also had the opportunity to speak with him one on one.



Some background on Brigadier General Armacost;

Brig. Gen. Andrew P. Armacost is Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He commands the 700-member Dean of Faculty mission partner and oversees the annual design and instruction of more than 500 undergraduate courses for 4,000 cadets in 32 academic disciplines. He also directs the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $350 million.

General Armacost graduated with honors as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate from Northwestern University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering. He is an experienced operations research analyst, supporting a variety of Air Force and joint projects. General Armacost joined the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy as an instructor of management after completing a Master of Science in operations research as a Draper Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was selected to return to MIT to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy, completing his degree in operations research before resuming his teaching and research duties at the Air Force Academy. He later served as chief analyst at Air Force Space Command.

Prior to his current assignment, General Armacost was the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Management, commanding 38 military and civilian faculty members, responsible for all curriculum, personnel, budget, research and long-range planning.


Finally, it was General (Ret) Wolfenbarger who visited the Prep School. General Wolfenbarger was the Air Force's first female four-star general and she recounted her story as a female leader in the Air Force for Women's History Month. The objective was for cadet candidates to understand some of the unique hardships that women can face while serving.



Some background on General (Ret) Wolfenbarger;

Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, executing the critical mission of warfighter support through leading-edge science and technology, cradle-to-grave life cycle weapon systems management, world-class developmental test and evaluation, and world-class depot maintenance and supply chain management.

General Wolfenbarger was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and began her career in acquisition as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She has held a variety of assignments at headquarters Electronic Security Command and Air Force Systems Command.

The general has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, served as the F-22 Lead Program Element Monitor at the Pentagon, and was the B-2 System Program Director for the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. She commanded ASC's C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing. She was the Service's Director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, then served as Director of the Headquarters AFMC Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB. She served as AFMC vice commander from December 2009 to September 2011.

Prior to her final assignment, General Wolfenbarger was the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General Wolfenbarger is currently the chairperson of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).


To view the rest of the pictures from each of their visits go to; Classes - Prep School - Prep Life. Or click the link below.

Maj Gen Armagno, Brig Gen Armacost and Gen (Ret) Wolfenbarger Visit The Prep School