Lieutenant Colonel Joshua S. Sullivan

Lt Col Sullivan

Lieutenant Colonel Joshua S. Sullivan serves as Commander, Detachment 045, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Air Education and Training Command, San Jose State University, California. AFROTC Detachment 045 serves to develop leaders of tomorrow who will go on to fulfill the Air Force mission to fly, fight, and win, represent our core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do, and live up to the rich history of Air Force ROTC. Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan was commissioned in the Air Force through the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2003. During his 18 years of commissioned service he has achieved Command Pilot rating with over 2,800 hours in the T-34C, T-44A, C-130E/H3, MC-130W, and AC-130W and has flown multiple combat missions in South America, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Lieutenant Colonel Sullivan has held a multitude of leadership positions which include expeditionary squadron commander, evaluator pilot, squadron Director of Staff, squadron flight commander, chief of group training assistant Operations Officer responsibilities, and headquarters deputy division chief. 


2003 Baccalaureate of Science degree in Behavioral Science, USAFA, CO 2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2011 Master of Counseling, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
2013 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2019 Air War College, Correspondence 


1. October 2003 – August 2004, Pilot Student T-34C; Training Squadron 3, Whiting Field Naval Air Station, FL
2. August 2004 – March 2005, Pilot Student T-44A; Training Squadron 31, Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, TX
3. March 2005 – September 2008, C-130E Pilot, Central Scheduling Officer; 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR
4. September 2008 – June 2010, MC-130W Pilot, Flight Commander; 73rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
5. June 2010 – Dec 2011, MC-130W Aircraft Commander, Chief of Group Training; 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
6. Dec 2011 – September 2013, AC-130W Instructor Pilot, Assistant Director of Operations; 73rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
7. September 2013 – August 2016; AC-130W Evaluator Pilot, Director of Staff, 551st Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
8. August 2016 – May 2017, AC-130 Evaluator Pilot, Chief, Training & Education Support Division, Air Force Special Air Warfare Center, Hurlburt Field, FL
9. May 2017 – July 2018; AC-130W Evaluator Pilot, Chief, Standardizations & Evaluations, 492nd Special Operations Training Group, Hurlburt Field, FL
10. July 2018 – July 2020; Deputy Chief, Operations Training Division, Headquarter A3, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt, Field, FL
11. July 2020 – Present: Commander, AFROTC Detachment 045, San Jose State University, CA 


Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: over 2,800
Aircraft Flown: T-34C, T-44A, C-130E, MC-130W, AC-130W 


Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with Valor with five oak leaf clusters Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal Combat Action Medal
Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Air Force Expeditionary Service with Gold Border 


Second Lieutenant              May 2003

First Lieutenant                   May 2005

Captain                               May 2007

Major                                  Sep 2013

Lieutenant Colonel             Apr 2018     

(Current as of Jul 2021)