Captain Savannah Elms serves as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Assistant Operations Flight Commander at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 765 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Captain Elms instructs the sophomore cadet curriculum and is responsible for assisting the Operations Flight Commander with executing Air Force ROTC Cadet Operations.
Captain Elms is a Logistics Readiness Officer. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Team Commander for Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) newest unit, the Mission Sustainment Team (MST). She led 58 personnel to establish, sustain, and retrograde four forward operating bases and contingency locations, which facilitated mission generation. Additionally, she was responsible for producing Multi-Capable Airmen capable of providing combat support to aviation force elements conducting dispersed and dynamic operations.
Captain Elms commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in 2015.
EDUCATION 2015 Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. 2022 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2022 Master of Science in Sports Management, Liberty University
ASSIGNMENTS May 2015 – October 2015: Student, Combat Systems Officer Training, NAS, Pensacola, Fla. October 2015 – April 2016: Officer in Charge, Student Control, NAS, Pensacola, Fla. May 2016 – December 2016: Duty Officer, Joint Base Andrews, Md. December 2016 – July 2017: Passenger Services Flight Commander, Joint Base Andrews, Md. July 2017 – January 2018: Fuels Management Officer in Charge, Pope Army Airfield, N.C. January 2018 – November 2018: Logistics Readiness Flight Commander, Pope Army Airfield, N.C. November 2018 – July 2020: Installation Deployment Officer, Hurlburt Field, Fla. July 2020 – October 2020: Fuels Management Flight Commander, Hurlburt Field, Fla. October 2020 – December 2021: Deployment and Distribution Flight Commander, Hurlburt Field, Fla. January 2022 – June 2023: Mission Sustainment Team 1 Commander, Hurlburt Field, Fla. July 2023 – Present: Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Operations Flight Commander, Det 765, The Citadel Military College of South Carolina
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Air and Space Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air and Space Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster Meritorious Unit Award Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster National Defense Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant May 8, 2015 First Lieutenant May 28, 2017 Captain May 28, 2019