Mr. Ernest J. DeSimone

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Mr. Ernest J. DeSimone

I am the AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.  I began my aviation career at Aviation High School in New York City, which is a vocational school for aviation maintenance.  I then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aeronautical Science.  I am still an active pilot and flight instructor after 37 years, with over 5,700 flight hours.  I hold Airline Transport Pilot ratings in both single and multi-engine aircraft and a jet type-rating on the Beechjet 400.  I am a retired USAF Master Navigator with over 6,200 flight hours in RC-135, T-43, and E-4 aircraft.  During my time in the Air Force I participated in the Cold War, and in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Southern Watch.  Subsequently I flew in Operations Provide Promise, and Deny Flight (Bosnia), and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).  For three years I was an aviation instructor at the United States Air Force Academy.  I am a graduate of all three professional military education schools: Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.  After retiring from the USAF in 2006 I started a new AFJROTC unit in New York, then I flew business jets for Jetlinx in Omaha for a year.  I simultaneously worked as Chief Pilot at the Flight Training Center at Offutt AFB, and was later approached to run the AFJROTC program at PHS.  I am in my ninth year teaching here.