Captain Cassandra L. Kelly

Cassandra L. Kelly

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant Oct 1, 2016
First Lieutenant Dec 23, 2018
Captain Dec 23, 2020

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Recruiting Officer

Captain Cassandra L. Kelly

Captain Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies (APAS) and Recruiting Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 250, Iowa State University. She and her team are responsible for recruiting motivated individuals and providing comprehensive military education to cadets, cultivating them to be high-quality United States Air and Space Forces officers.

Captain Kelly entered the Air Force in 2016 through ROTC from Northern Arizona University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters’s degree in Intelligence Studies. Captain Kelly served as the Deputy Director of Intelligence for the United States Strategic Command. She was responsible for notifying senior combatant command leadership and national leadership of perishable intelligence related to the nuclear deterrence mission. She led her team through the analysis and evaluation of all-source intelligence to rapidly identify and report on cross-domain threats to national security.

Captain Kelly previously held the position of Operations Management Branch Chief. She was responsible for strategic planning for the J2 Joint Intelligence Operations Center, identifying emerging threats and vulnerabilities in support of defense warnings, and developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure mission success. Captain Kelly supported the command’s priority intelligence requirements by providing strategic indications and warnings for the Commander.


2016 Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Northern Arizona University
2017 Intelligence Officer School, Goodfellow AFB, TX
2021 Masters of Arts in Intelligence Studies, American Military University
2022 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

Awards and Decorations

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal


  • Nov 2017-Dec 2019, Chief of Squadron Intelligence, 960 AACS, Tinker, AFB, OK
  • Jan 2020-Jan 2021, Chief of Electronic Intelligence, 552 OSS, Tinker, AFB, OK
  • Jan 2021-Jan 2022, Deputy Director of Intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  • Jan 2022-Jan 2023, Indications and Warning Branch Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  • Jan 2023-Present, Operations Management Branch Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  • Jun 2023-Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Officer, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 250, Ames, Iowa