Detachment Cadre

The cadre of active duty Air Force professionals at Detachment 400 comes from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wide range of perspectives and experiences of Air Force life to the cadets. The officers are Michigan Tech faculty and present the academic material, providing the minor in Aerospace Studies to anyone who completes the Aerospace Studies courses, as well as mentorship and guidance to the Air Force’s future leaders. The non-commissioned officers provide essential administrative oversight to the cadets and ensure they complete all program requirements. The civilian MTU office support staff organizes all detachment staff operations and correspondence, facilities and supplies. This integrated team of experts provides a training experience which creates educated, disciplined and dedicated officer candidates worthy of the world’s greatest Air Force. 

  • Detachment Commander
  • Professor of Aerospace Studies
Captain Daniel Polakowski

Captain Daniel J. Polakowski

  • Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
  • Operations Officer
Captain Travis Ellison

Captain Travis S. Ellison

  • Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies
  • Recruiting Officer
SSgt Rodel Mauri

SSgt Rodel M Mauri

  • Training Instructor
SSgt Madison Gilbert

SSgt Madison L. Gilbert

  • NCOIC, Administrative Programs
Shannon Eddy

Shannon Eddy

  • Office Assistant
Robin Dillinger

Robin Dillinger

  • Uniform Custodian