Col. Bradley L. Spears
Commander, Air Force ROTC

Col Bradley L. Spears is the Commander, AFROTC, Detachment 105, and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder.  As Commander, Col. Spears is responsible for developing AFROTC cadets to become the best Air Force leaders and citizens of character dedicated to serving our Nation. He commands, directs, manages, and administers a college-level training and commissioning program with 260 cadets, 5 officers, and 3 non-commissioned officers. As Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies, he collaborates and coordinates with university leadership and faculty to ensure program and student growth and success.

Col. Spears earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in June 1994. He has held various positions at the squadron, group, wing, numbered air force, major command, and joint command levels to include squadron and wing command. His staff assignments include Plans Officer, NATO Combined Air Operations Center Uedem, Germany; Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Mobility Command; and Chief, Operational and Adaptive Plans Division, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe. Additionally, he was deployed as the Deputy Director of the International Security Assistance Force Detachment to the U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Combined Air Operations Center in 2009. Prior to his current assignment he was the Commander, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Col. Spears is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in C-21A, C-130E, MC-130E, and TG-10 aircraft, including over 300 hours of combat time.  He is a distinguished graduate of the US Army War College and holds three masters’ degrees, including a Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University.