Lt Col Mark Friend, PhD

Lt Col Mark Friend Commander
Northern Arizona University
Air Force ROTC

Education

1996 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Texas Christian University 
1998 Masters in Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
2002 USAF Squadron Officer School   
2006 Air Command and Staff College
2007 Doctorate of Philosophy in Operations Research, AFIT

Assignments

1. 1987 – 1992  U.S Navy, Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (Enlisted)
2. 1992 – 1996  Undergraduate Student, University of Texas at Arlington/Texas Christian University
3. 1996 – 1998  Masters Student, Department of Operational Sciences, AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 
4. 1998 – 2001  Weapons Systems Analyst, Chief Combat Systems Analyses, Kirtland AFB, NM
5. 2001 – 2004  Deputy Chief Advanced Network & Special Technology, AF Information Warfare Center, Lackland AFB, TX
6. 2004 – 2007  Ph.D. IDE Student, Department of Operational Sciences, AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 
7. 2007 – 2010  Chief, Integration Division, Air Mobility Command Analysis Assessments & Lessons Learned, Scott AFB, IL
8. 2010 – 2013  Chief, Operations Research Division/Assistant Professor, AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
9. 2013 – Pres   Commander of Detachment 027, AFROTC, Southwest Region, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ

Major awards and decorations

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Effective dates of promotions

Second Lieutenant June 29, 1996
First Lieutenant June 29, 1998
Captain June 29, 2000
Major July 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 2011