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Col. Kabrena E. Rodda is the Commander of the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. As Commander, she directs a one-year academic, military, athletic and character development program leading graduates to possible appointment as Air Force Academy cadets.

Colonel Rodda graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She has served as a chemical research officer in various capacities throughout her career, including nine years with the intelligence community, two deployments to Iraq, an assignment as an instructor at the Air Force Academy, and as a consultant for Australian government officials on chemical disaster response for the Sydney Olympics.

She holds Master of Science degrees in chemistry from University of Washington and project and systems management from Golden Gate University and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Medicine) in forensic toxicology from Monash University.

The Prep School is Colonel Rodda's third command assignment, having previously commanded a remote seismic installation from 2005-2006 in South Korea and Headquarters Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory from 2008-2011. During her command of AFDTL, Colonel Rodda oversaw a 250-percent workload increase in the midst of planning and executing design and construction of a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory, adding 8,000 square feet of additional space and transitioning operations to the new space one month early and $3.5 million under budget.

Between her first two commands, Colonel Rodda was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency's North Korea Intelligence Cell, followed by a 16-month joint tour working for the Director of National Intelligence's Counterproliferation Mission Manager as the Senior Military Adviser for Chemical Issues. Prominent among her duties in this capacity was her work to craft an implementation plan for the Chemical Defense Presidential Directive, which sought to integrate intelligence and law enforcement support to protect U.S. citizens, its allies and partners against the possibility of a chemical attack on U.S. soil and to institute response mechanisms should such an attack occur.

1992 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
1995 Master of Science in Project and Systems Management, Golden Gate University, Calif.
1996 Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington, Wash.
1997 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), Monash University, Southbank, Australia; Awarded IDE in-residence credit for PhD completion
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2007 Air War College, by correspondence
2007 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.; MacArthur Foundation Award
2012 National War College

1. July 1992 - June 1995, Section Chief, Organic Analysis Lab, Technical Operations Division, Air Force Technical Applications Center, McClellan AFB, Calif.
2. June - August 1995, Chemical Weapons Inspector, United Nations Special Commission, Baghdad, Iraq
3. September 1995 - December 1996, graduate student, University of Washington, Seattle
4. December 1996 - July 1999, Assistant Professor and Executive Officer, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
5. June - August 1998, Chief, Chemical Lab and CW Inspector, UNSCOM, Baghdad, Iraq
6. July 1999 - August 2002, Doctoral Candidate, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Southbank, Australia
7. August 2002 - August 2005, Chief, Chemical Technologies Branch, and Chief, Molecular Sciences Division, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
8. September 2005 - August 2006, Commander, USAF Detachment 452, Wonju Air Station, South Korea
9. September - October 2006, Military Adviser to North Korea Intelligence Cell, Counterproliferation Support Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, D.C.
10. November 2006 - February 2008, Senior Military Adviser for Chemical Issues, National Counterproliferation Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
11. February 2008 - July 2011, Commander, Headquarters Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory, Brooks City-Base, then Lackland AFB, Texas
12. Aug 2011-June 2012, student, National War College, National Defense University, Ft. Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. June 2012-present, Commander, United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with combat star
Air and Space Campaign Medal with combat star

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant May 27, 1994
Captain May 27, 1996
Major Dec. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 1, 2007
Colonel June 1, 2012

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