Air Force ROTC - Capt Zachary Deats

Capt. Zachary Deats headshot

Capt Zachary Deats

Operations Flight Commander
Commission: Officer Candidate School

Biography
Capt Zachary Deats is the Operations Flight Commander for the Air Force ROTC Detachment 538. He is responsible for the construction, management, and execution of all unit-recruiting efforts. Additionally, he instructs cadets through a curriculum covering the Foundations of the USAF, AF History, Leadership, and National Security Affairs.

Captain Deats served in the United States Marine Corp from 2004-2009 as an Avionics Technician on 33 AV-8B aircraft. Captain Deats graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2012 and Commissioned into the Air Force in 2013. Prior to his current position, Captain Deats served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. The captain was the Operations Officer responsible for the support and maintenance of 28 highly modified F-16/F-15 aircraft, oversaw 500+ aircraft maintainers, in a program valued at 19 Billion Dollars.

Education

  • 2005 Avionics Fundamentals, NATTC Pensacola, Florida
  • 2010 Associate’s Degree, Military Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2012 Baccalaureate Degree, Applied Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2013 Officer Candidate School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • 2014 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Supervisors Course, Dyess AFB, Texas
  • 2016 Jet Engine Mishap Investigation Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 2018 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Assignments

  • May 2004 – August 2004, Student, Basic Military Training, Parris Island, South Carolina
  • September 2004 – October 2004, Marine Combat Training, Camp Geiger, North Carolina
  • November 2004 – April 2005, Student, Avionics Training, NATTC Pensacola, Florida
  • April 2005 – May 2009, Avionics Technician, VMAT-203, Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • June 2012 – February 2013, Commander’s Support Staff, HQ AETC/ Flying Training Detachment 558, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • February 2013 – August 2016, Assistant AMU OIC 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
  • September 2016 – June 2020, BLUE AMU OIC 96th Maintenance Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida
  • June 2020 – July 2022, Recruiting Flight Officer, AFROTC/Detachment 538, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
  • July 2022 –  Present, Operations Flight Officer, AFROTC/Detachment 538, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship (Rifle)
  • 2016/2017 Maintenance Professional of the year
  • 2018 General Lew Allen Recipient

Dates of Promotion

  • Private First Class - August 2004
  • Lance Corporal - May 2005
  • Corporal - September 2007
  • Sergeant - June 2009
  • Second Lieutenant - June 2013
  • First Lieutenant - June 2015
  • Captain - June 2017