Staff

Commander

LIEUTENANT COLONEL D. SHANE RICHARDSON, PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE STUDIES

Lieutenant Colonel D. Shane Richardson is the Commander at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. As the commander he is responsible for a comprehensive college program focused on recruiting, training and preparing more than 175 officer candidates from Arizona State University and 11 cross-town universities. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Richardson is the Professor of Aerospace Studies, where instructs All Air Force Aerospace courses, covering a variety of topics on National Security and facilitating cadets’ transition to the Department of the Air Force.

Lieutenant Colonel Richardson received his commission from Officer Training School in 2006 after spending 15 years enlisted in Security Forces. As an Acquisitions Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Richardson has served as a staff officer, executive officer, program manager, and strategic analysist. Detachment 025 is his third tour in AFROTC; previously, he was the Operations Officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, and prior to his current position, he was the Director of Staff at Texas A&M University overseeing staff operations for over 700 cadets.

Operations Officer

MAJOR CRAIG D. MOORE, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE STUDIES 

Major Craig D. Moore is the Operations Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He is responsible for detachment operations, recruiting, and education functions.  Major Moore oversees cadre training and professional development. He leads, recruits, trains, mentors, counsels, and evaluates 175 highly qualified men and women as prospective Air Force officers.  Additionally, Major Moore is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, where he instructs Aerospace 201/203, Team and Leadership Fundamentals.

Major Moore was commissioned through Officer Training School in December 2009. He attended Basic Communications Officer Training at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, gaining the fundamental knowledge to serve as a Cyber Operations Officer. Major Moore has led at various positions at the flight, group, and staff levels. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Chief of Maintenance, 606th Air Control Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy. In this position he led 190 military and civilian cyberspace professionals and was responsible for the maintenance and operations of over 173 million dollars of Control and Reporting Center assets critical to the safe execution and application of U.S. and allied airpower both in garrison for the 31st Fighter Wing and deployed to various locations.

Operations Flight Commander

CAPTAIN STEVEN T. WEIPPERT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE STUDIES     

Capt Steven Weippert is the Operations Flight Commander at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. The mission of the detachment is to educate and train cadets who will ultimately commission as Air and Space Force officers to serve in a variety of career fields. As the Operations Flight Commander, he is responsible for all facets of cadet training and discipline, including directing/supervising leadership laboratory, field training preparation, and career guidance. Additionally, Captain Weippert is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, where he instructs Aerospace 301/303, Leading People and Effective Communication.

Captain Weippert entered the Air Force in May 2013 through AFROTC from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He completed personnel officer training in March 2014, gaining fundamental knowledge to serve as a Force Support Officer. Captain Weippert has led at various positions at the squadron, wing, and staff levels, including the Air Force Personnel Center. He has deployed in support of Southern Command as a Joint Task Force Adjutant and Air Forces Central Command as the principal force development expert. Prior to assuming his current position, Captain Weippert was the Deputy Commander at 11th Battalion, United States Military Entrance Processing Command, St. Louis, Missouri where he was responsible for the diligent certification of mental, physical, and moral qualifications of over 20 thousand applicants into the Armed Forces.

Recruiting Flight Commander

CAPTAIN PRISCILLA LEDESMA, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE STUDIES

Captain Priscilla LeDesma is the Education Officer and Recruiting Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. As the Education Officer, she is responsible for ensuring both instructor and cadet training objectives are properly accomplished. Additionally, Capt LeDesma is the Recruiting Officer, where she participates in community outreach and ensures prospective new cadets have proper information for joining the program and discussing potential scholarship opportunities. Lastly, Captain LeDesma is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, where she instructs Aerospace 101/103, Heritage and Values.

Captain LeDesma commissioned from Arizona State University’s AFROTC program, and returned to her alumni school to train and educate future Air and Space Force officers. As a Logistics Readiness Officer, she has served as the Installation Deployment Officer, where she provided deployment process guidance to all commanders and deployed hundreds of Airmen and civilians to every AOR. She then became the Fuels Flight Commander, where she oversaw AETC’s largest fuel operations. Following these two positions, she served as the Mission Support Group Executive Officer. Captain LeDesma has deployed to the 386th Expeditionary Wing, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of Special Operations Command Central operations.

NCOIC, Personnel

TECHNICAL SERGEANT VALERIE R. LAGUANA, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER IN CHARGE OF PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Technical Sergeant Valerie Marie R. Laguana is the Cadet Actions Noncommissioned Officer in Change (NCOIC) at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. As the Cadet Actions NCOIC, she oversees daily operations of 175 cadets and manages personnel records for cadre, Air Force Institute of Technology, Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program, and Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program students.

TSgt Valerie Marie Laguana entered the Air Force in February 2003. She completed personnel technical training school at Keesler Air Force Base in Aug 2003. Throughout her career she has held a variety of personnel leadership positions while serving at squadron, Joint Task Force, and Numbered Air Force levels.  She has significant joint service and special operations experience and has participated in several operations and exercises as well as deployments in direct support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.  Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Student Actions at 344th Training Squadron Detachment 1, Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, California.

NCOIC, Administration

TECHNICAL SERGEANT MONICA ZIMMERMAN, ASSISTANT NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ADMINISTRATION

Technical Sergeant Monica M. Zimmerman is the Administration Noncommissioned Officer in Change (NCOIC) at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. As the Administration NCOIC, she mentors and overseas Cadet actions for 175 Cadets.

Sergeant Zimmerman entered the Air Force in July 2011 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas for the Air Force’s Basic Military Training. Upon completion she continued to Kessler AFB, for Technical Training followed by first her assignment to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base where she worked Knowledge Operations Management for the 90th Operations Group. In July 2014, Sergeant Zimmerman was selected and transferred into the new Administration career field and worked Commander Support Staff and executive administrative support for various units. Prior to this assignment she worked as the Fighter Wing Staff, Commander Support NCOIC at the 355th Comptroller Squadron where she was responsible for over 56 additional duties and Commander Programs including Unit Training Manager, Evaluations, Decorations, Manpower, Unit Command Control and Crisis Action Team Administrator.

Business Operations Specialist

MS. RACHAEL "VEE" DUNCAN, BUSINESS OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Ms. Rachel “Vee” Duncan is the Business Operations Specialist at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona. As the Business Operations Specialist, she is responsible for all detachment administrative duties for 175 officer candidates from ASU and 11 cross-town universities.

Ms. Duncan is a native Arizonan and was raised in Tempe. She began her career with ASU and AFROTC Detachment 025 in 2005.  Ms. Duncan has two children, which both serve in the Arizona Air National Guard.  

Administrative Assistant

MRS. VANESSA MANRIQUEZ, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Mrs. Vanessa Manriquez is the Administrative Assistant at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 025, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona. As the Administrative Assistant, she is responsible for detachment administrative duties, including uniform and supply management for 175 officer candidates from ASU and 11 cross-town universities. 

Mrs. Manriquez was raised in California, but her and her family relocated to Phoenix in 2006.  She began her career with ASU in 2017, then subsequently changed departments, joining AFROTC Detachment 025 in 2018.  Mrs. Manriquez is married and has a daughter.