Col. James G. Riemens-Van Laare Commander, Air Force, ROTC Detachment
Professor of Aerospace Studies
AS 200/300 Instructor
Col. Mann is responsible to the Clemson University president and the AFROTC Commandant for recruiting, training and educating Air Force officer candidates. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as Detachment Commander and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies with the rank of full professor. He instructs a sophomore level course titled "The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power" and co-instructs a junior level course titled "Air Force Leadership and Management."
Col. Mann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and was a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in 1991. He also received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1992 and a Master of the Arts in Organizational Management from The George Washington University in 1998. He completed his Ph.D. at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 2007.
After completing pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas, Col. Mann was assigned to Robins AFB, Georgia where he flew numerous missions in support of several military operations. In 1996, he was selected to attend the Air Force Intern Program at the Pentagon, Washington DC. In the succeeding years, he served as a flight commander, executive officer, and evaluator pilot. In 2001, he was selected for AMC’s Phoenix REACH program and was assigned to Charleston AFB as C-17A instructor pilot and Chief, Wing Operations Plans, where he flew combat sorties in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2011, he was named as the AFIT Associate Dean for Students and was responsible for the professional and academic development of graduate students assigned to AFIT as well as graduate and continuing education students assigned to more than 300 civilian institutions worldwide. Immediately prior to assuming duties at Clemson University, he completed a two-year assignment as the Vice Commander of the 319th Air Base Wing, North Dakota.
Recruiting Flight Commander
AS 100 Instructor
Department of Aerospace Studies
AS 300/400 Instructor
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