Commander, Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lt Col Benson
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Benson is the Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 850. He serves as Professor and Department Chair of Aerospace Studies at the University of Utah. He is responsible for recruiting, training and commissioning cadets at The University of Utah and from six “cross-town” colleges.
Lieutenant Colonel Benson entered active duty and was commissioned through AFROTC in 1997. Prior to his current command, he was assigned to the 919th Special Operations Wing, 2d Special Operations Squadron. He has served as an Air Battle Manager, Electronic Combat Officer, Group Executive Officer, Intelligence Officer, Flight Commander, and Senior Intelligence Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Benson has deployed to support combat operations in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. He supported in-garrison combat operations in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, COPPER DUNE, JUPITER GARRETT, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and JUKEBOX LOTUS.
He is a rated officer with over 1,000 flight hours on the E-3 and over 6,000 combat support hours to the MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft.
Operations Flight Commander
Captain Maloney is the Operations Flight Commander and Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Utah, Air Force ROTC Detachment 850. She is responsible for recruiting, training and commissioning cadets on the University of Utah campus as well as cadets from six other “cross-town” colleges in the Salt Lake area.
Capt Maloney was commissioned through ROTC at the University of New Hampshire in 2010 after earning her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. She was first stationed at Hurlburt Field where she deployed to Balad, Iraq as the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Iraq, J7. Capt Maloney was then stationed at Lajes Field and Kadena Air Base where she held a variety of flight commander roles. Most recently she was the 18th Civil Engineer Group Executive Officer and the Engineering Flight Chief, Deputy, for the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kadena Air Base where she provided engineering support for the largest combat wing in the Air Force, annually executing construction contracts valued at over $1B to maintain and repair over 5,100 facilities.
Recruiting Flight Commander
Captain Dorlac is the Recruiting Flight Commander and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Utah, Air Force ROTC Detachment 850. He is responsible for recruiting, training, and commissioning cadets on the University of Utah campus as well as cadets from six other “cross-town” colleges in the Salt Lake Area.
Capt Dorlac was commissioned in 2013 from the United States Air Force Academy. He served three years in the 748th Supply Chain Management Group, Hill AFB, as the Lead F-16 Wings and Structural Engineer. Capt Dorlac maintained oversite of 86 depot technicians and created repairs saving $107M on wings, canopy actuators, and external panels of the F-16. Additionally, he has experience working alongside Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Commercial Tech, CPI Aerospace, and countless other defense contractors. Capt Dorlac holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineer.
Master Sergeant Montoya is the NCOIC of Personnel at AFROTC, Detachment 850, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is responsible for creating and maintaining records for the University of Utah Cadets as well as cadets from six other “cross-town” colleges in the Salt Lake area.
NCOIC Administrative Management
Staff Sergeant Watkins is the NCOIC of Administrative Management at AFROTC, Detachment
850, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is responsible for creating and
maintaining records for the University of Utah Cadets as well as cadets from six other
“cross-town” colleges in the
Salt Lake area.
SSgt Watkins enlisted the Air Force in August 2012 as a Knowledge Operations Manager. His assignments include New Mexico and Utah. SSgt Watkins has also spent 180 days deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Northwest Region Gold Bar Recruiter
2d Lieutenant Flores
2d Lieutenant Flores is a Northwest Region Gold Bar Recruiter at the University of Utah, Air Force ROTC Detachment 850. She is responsible for recruiting highly diverse and qualified potential officer candidates at high schools in Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
Lt Flores was commissioned through ROTC at California State University, Fresno in 2018 after graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Administration. Upon completion of her Gold Bar assignment, she will begin her primary AFSC as a Logistics Readiness Officer.