Lt Col John H. Briner

Lt Col John H. Briner is the Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 255 at the University of Iowa. As such, he is responsible for recruiting, educating, and training students for entry into the US Air Force with commissions as second lieutenants.

Lt Col Briner’s diverse career began with his enlistment in 1995 as an Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman at Dyess AFB, Texas.  Following his commissioning in 1999, he was trained as a Personnel officer and has served as a Section Commander, Military Training Flight Commander and staff officer. Lt Col Briner has also served career broadening tours as an Air Force ROTC Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and group executive officer.

In 2008, Lt Col Briner was retrained as a munitions maintenance officer and was assigned to Malmstrom AFB, Montana where he was a two-time Operations Officer and Chief of Quality Assurance.  In 2011, he assumed command of the 7th Munitions Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas, followed by his most recent previous assignment as Commander, 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana.


1992 Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
2000 Master of Arts in History, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas
2004 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
2007 Squadron Officer School (residence)
2008 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)


1.  1995 - 1999, Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman, 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
2.  1999 - 2001, Adjutant and Section Commander, 421st Fighter Squadron and 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
3.  2001 - 2005, Unit Admissions Officer and Commandant of Cadets, AFROTC Detachment 400, Michigan Technological University 
4.  2005 -  2006, Commander, Military Training Flight, Security Forces Academy, Lackland AFB, Texas
5.  2006 - 2007, Executive Officer, 37th Mission Support Group, Lackland AFB, Texas
6.  2007 - 2008, Deputy Chief, Requirements, AF Personnel Operations Agency, Randolph AFB, Texas
7.  2008 - 2009, Operations Officer, 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
8.  2009 - 2010, Operations Officer, 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
9.  2010 - 2011, Chief of Quality Assurance, 341st Maintenance Group, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
10.  2011 - 2013, Commander, 7th Munitions Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
11.  2013 – 2015, Commander, 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
12.  2015 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa

Major Awards and Decorations:

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
ACC Maintenance Effectiveness Award (Munitions/Missile Category), 2011
7th Bomb Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award (Munitions Manager Category), 2011 & 2012
341st Missile Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award (Munitions Manager Category), 2009
37th Training Wing Military Training Flight of the Year, 2005
“High Flight” Award, AFROTC NW Region, 2002 & 2004
388th Fighter Wing Personnel Manager of the Year, 2001

Effective Dates of Promotion:

Second Lieutenant May 21, 1999
First Lieutenant May 21, 2001
Captain May 21, 2003
Major November 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2014