Capt. Jake Sullivan, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, has been named Operations Flight Commander of the Year for the Northwest Region of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. As Operations Flight Commander for Iowa State’s AFROTC program, he mentored and trained 85 cadets in leadership and followership, customs and courtesies, Air Force processes, and Cadet Wing operations. Additionally, he devoted 16 weeks over the past two summers at the AFROTC Field Training, evaluating over 4,000 cadets from detachments nationwide at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and Camp Shelby, Miss. His efforts have inspired ISU’s Cadet Wing to the number 2 ranking detachment in the Northwest Region in 2011, and have resulted in four cadets earning Distinguished Graduate and three earning Superior Performer honors from Field Training. He will compete for Operations Officer of the Year at the Air Force ROTC level in November. Capt. Sullivan is a 2003 ISU graduate in sociology and an alumnus of the Air Force ROTC program. The Northwest Region consists of 34 host detachments and 182 cross-town schools spanning from Indiana to Alaska, with each of the host detachments having an Operations Flight Commander.