Academy dean slated to exit Air Force; official retirement ceremony scheduled for Sept 13

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy will celebrate Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost’s tenure as dean of the faculty and his 30-year active duty career with an official retirement ceremony, Sept. 13 in Arnold Hall.

Armacost, the Academy’s 10th dean, was nominated to  become the dean in May 2013 by President Barack Obama. Armacost assumed  the duties of dean of the faculty and was promoted to brigadier general after Senate confirmation that summer. He moved to the dean’s chair from his position as permanent professor and head of the Academy’s management department.

Armacost commanded the 700-member Dean of the Faculty and oversaw the annual design and instruction of more than 500 undergraduate courses for 4,000 cadets in 30 academic disciplines. He also directed the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $350 million.

The dean began his career with his commission through ROTC after earning  a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University in 1989. He earned a masters and doctorate degrees in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Armacost led the faculty through many key events at the Academy, including greatly increasing research output and technology transfer to warfighters, re-accrediting the institution and restoring resources following sequestration.

President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Armacost, Col. Linell Letendre, is currently the permanent professor and Head of the Academy’s law department.  The Senate has not yet confirmed her nomination.

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