Major Rachel Loomis serves as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Operations Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 765, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. As the Operations Officer, Major Loomis oversees all detachment operations for one of the largest cadet corps in the Air Force.
Major Loomis commissioned in 2012 as a Distinguished Graduate from AFROTC Detachment 005 at Auburn University. She has served in numerous intelligence roles, including Target Development Flight Commander, and Branch Chief of Air Forces Central Command Warfighter Support. She also deployed as an Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Tactical Systems Operator at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Resolute Support. Prior to her current position, she was the Assistant Director of Operations for the 51st Intelligence Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
EDUCATION 2012 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Auburn University, Alabama 2013 Intelligence Officer Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas 2017 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
ASSIGNMENTS October 2012 – August 2013: Student, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base (AFB), Texas August 2013 – July 2014: Officer in Charge of Information Operations, Regional Threats Analysis Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio July 2014 – February 2015: Tactical Systems Operator, Special Intelligence Detachment, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan March 2015 – July 2016: Executive Officer, Space, Missiles and Forces Intelligence Group, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio July 2016 – July 2017: Branch Chief, Plans and Exercises, Intelligence Directorate, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, S.C. July 2017 – January 2018: Branch Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Operations, U.S. Air Forces Central Command Intelligence Directorate, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar January 2018 – May 2018: Branch Chief, Warfighter Unit Support, Intelligence Directorate, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, S.C. May 2018 – May 2019: Flight Commander, Target Development, 51st Intelligence Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C. May 2019 – April 2020: Assistant Director of Operations, 51st Intelligence Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C. April 2020 – June 2023: Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Assistant Operations Officer, AFROTC Detachment 765, The Citadel, S.C. June 2023 – Present: Operations Officer, AFROTC Detachment 765, The Citadel, S.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant May 5, 2012 First Lieutenant July 18, 2014 Captain July 18, 2016 Major October 1, 2021