Maj Shannon E. Laubenthal 

Capt Laubenthal

Maj Shannon E. Laubenthal is the Recruiting Officer and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Air Force ROTC Detachment 255, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She is responsible for recruiting, educating, and training students from three universities and colleges for commissioning into the Air Force as second lieutenants. 

Maj Laubenthal is a 2008 graduate of Creighton University, where she commissioned into the United States Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She served in various positions within the Aircraft Maintenance career field, spending three years as an Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer-in-Charge, working with over 590 Airmen in F-16 and F-22 units. Additionally, she worked in a Command-level position leading a team of 140 Airmen across eight work centers and 15 AFSCs, overseeing 25 unit programs and a 17,300-hour Flying Hour Program for the 3rd Wing’s 60 aircraft. Prior to her current assignment, Maj Laubenthal served as the Executive Officer for the 3rd Wing, advising the Wing Commander in the management of aircraft, manpower, facilities, and intra-agency planning for Department of Defense, Headquarters Air Force, and Major Command-level engagements. 


2008  Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
2008  Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course, Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas
2008  Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2012  Maintenance Officer Intermediate Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2014  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama


1. July 2008-June 2010, Mx Flight Commander, 388th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
2. June 2010-July 2012, Assistant/Officer-in-Charge, 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
3. July 2012-July 2013, Officer-in-Charge, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, JBER, Alaska
4. July 2013-April 2015, Maintenance Operations Officer in Charge, 3rd Maintenance Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
5. April 2015-July 2016, Executive Officer, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
6. July 2016-July 2018, Operations Flight Commander, Detachment 255, University of Iowa, Iowa
7. July 2018-Present, Recruiting Officer, Detachment 255, University of Iowa, Iowa

Major Awards and Decorations:

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion: 

Second Lieutenant, May 2008
First Lieutenant, May 2010
Captain, May 2012
Major, March 2018