Southeast Alum Returns To Lead Air Force ROTC


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Major Kevin Colyott


July 20, 2005 – Major Kevin Colyott, a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named the new assistant professor of Aerospace Studies for Air Force ROTC and the new chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies.

Colyott is a 1983 graduate of Jackson High School and obtained his Air Force commission through the Southeast AFROTC program after graduating from Southeast in 1987. 

“When I started college here at Southeast, I never imagined I would return as an instructor in Air Force ROTC,” Colyott recalls.  “I’m excited about returning home and consider myself extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to teach in the same program I attended almost 18 years ago as a cadet.”

Air Force ROTC is a program which allows students to explore the work and lifestyles of Air Force officers early in their college career while earning elective credit hours.  The program provides an opportunity to earn an Air Force commission while completing university requirements for a bachelor’s degree in any area of study.

“The Air Force has really been good to me and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with students interested in becoming Air Force Officers.  As a Southeast graduate, I have more than just a professional interestᾰI have a personal interest in this program.  I want to ensure it continues to produce exceptional officers for the Air Force and continues to provide a viable service to the University and the community.”

After graduating and commissioning, Colyott was selected to be a Security Forces officer.  He has been assigned to various locations throughout the United States and has completed overseas assignments in Italy, Saudi Arabia, and most recently, Baghdad, Iraq.  His most recent assignment, prior to returning to Southeast, was Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

For information regarding scholarships or the Air Force ROTC program, contact Major Kevin Colyott at (573) 651-2184, or visit him on campus at Southeast Missouri State University.