Air Force ROTC - TSgt Ivan Cespedes

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TSgt Ivan Cespedes

AFROTC Training Instructor

Technical  Sergeant Ivan M. Cespedes is the Enlisted Training Instructor (8B300) for AFROTC Detachment 538 at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  He serves as the primary enlisted advisor on cadet academics, professional development, military training, discipline and morale/welfare for 5 cadre, 10 AFIT students, and 70 AFROTC cadets. He also monitors and updates cadet pay actions--tuition, fees, subsistence and textbook funds in excess of $650K annually. In addition, he oversees the cadet life-cycle personnel actions--medical, physical, enlistments, categorization and commissioning.  And handles all administrative and personnel cadet updates via the Web Intensive New Gains System (WINGS). 

Sergeant Cespedes entered Basic Military Training for the United States Air Force in 2013. Following BMT he graduated Personnel Apprentice Course at Keesler Air Force Base, MS. At his first duty station at Dyess AFB, TX he served as a personnel apprentice and journeyman for the 7th Force Support Squadron. In 2016, he was reassigned to the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron where he managed various personnel programs as a Commander’s Support Staff Journeyman. In June 2017, he relocated to his next assignment to Headquarters Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Quantico Marine Ground Installation, Virginia where he was assigned to the Force Support Squadron as NCOIC, Retentions until he was selected in June 2019 to serve as Command Applicant Recruiting Manager.


  • 2017 Airmen Leadership School, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
  • 2017 Associate in Applied Science, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Alabama
  • 2022 Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Park University, Parkville, Missouri
  • 2022 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (in-residence), Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 2023 Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (EJPME) I (Correspondence)


  • May 2013 – September 2013, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
  • September 2013 - October 2013, Student, Personnel Apprentice Course, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • October 2013 – February 2016, Personnel Apprentice & Journeyman, 7th Force Support Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
  • February 2016 – June 2017, Commander’s Support Staff Journeyman, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
  • June 2017 – June 2019, NCOIC, Retentions, Headquarters Air Force Office of Special Investigations Force Support Squadron (AFOSI), Quantico Marine Ground Installation, Virginia          
  • June 2019 – October 2021, Command Applicant Recruiting Manager, Headquarters Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Quantico Marine Ground Installation, Virginia
  • October 2021 - Present, NCOIC Personnel Management, AFROTC/Detachment 538, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Other Achievements

  • 2016 - Dyess AFB Chief’s Group Professional Airman Award
  • 2016 - Volunteer of the Year, 7th Mission Support Group
  • 2020 - Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, HQ AFOSI Directorate of Manpower and Personnel
  • 2022 - Academic Achievement Award, Mathies Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

Dates of Promotion

  • Airman Basic - May 2013
  • Airman First Class - September 2013
  • Senior Airman - January 2016
  • Staff Sergeant - August 2017
  • Technical Sergeant - July 2020