Captain Miguel A. LinaresMajor Miguel A. Linares is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Officer for Air Force ROTC, Detachment 785, at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. He is responsible for recruiting, educating, training, and developing officer candidates into Air and Space Force commissioned officers through a comprehensive college program comprised of service doctrine, academic instruction, physical fitness and practical leadership experiences.

Major Linares entered the Air Force in 2012 after receiving his commission from Officer Training School. Prior to his current assignment he served as the Assistant Director of Operations, Chief of Training, and Flight Commander at the 558th Flying Training Squadron at JBSA Randolph AFB, TX. Here, Major Linares was directly involved in day-to-day innovation operations in Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot Training and Techniques Tactics and Procedures development for next-gen undergraduate RPA training. He supervised joint mil/civ cadre dedicated to training, harmonizing 4 training programs in USAF's entrance RPA training squadron. He further managed a $330K annual budget, advising leadership on acquisitions, and enabling the continuation of daily missions in production of 896 RPA Operators annually.

Preceding duties while stationed at Creech AFB, NV included Assistant Chief of Weapons while assigned to the 11th Attack Squadron (ATKS), Assistant Flight Commander while at the 17th ATKS, and
Chief of Awards and Decorations at the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron. As an MQ-1 Predator and MQ9 Reaper pilot, Captain Linares was qualified in both Mission Control Element (MCE-remote) and
Launch and Recovery Element (LRE-downrange) operations. Throughout over 2,500 hours of combat flight time, he commanded over 1,000 sorties of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, close air support, combat search and rescue, precision strike, buddy-lase, convoy and raid overwatch, route clearance, target development, and terminal air guidance. As part of the LRE, he was deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, where he served as the Director of Operations and stepping in as acting Squadron Commander for over a month of his tour.

While stateside as MCE, he supported Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL among others, and served as supervisor of flying (SOF) handling scheduling and in-flight emergencies for the base. He also led a team through a 72-hour readiness exercise to ensure the 432nd Wing was properly poised to counter
CBRNE based threats.


  • 2011 Bachelor of Arts, International Business and Trade, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
  • 2019 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2021 Master of Science, Unmanned Systems Safety and Emergency Response, Embry Riddle
  • Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.


  1. Jul 2012 – Dec 2013, Undergraduate RPA Pilot Training Student, 558th Flying Training Squadron,
    AETC, JBSA Randolph AFB, TX.
  2. Dec 2013 – Aug 2014, Mobility Officer and MQ-1 Pilot, 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, Creech AFB,
  3. Aug 2014 – Jun 2015, Chief of Awards and Decorations and MQ-1 Pilot, 18th RS, Creech AFB, NV.
  4. Jun 2015 – Jan 2016, Flight Safety Officer and MQ-1 Pilot, 18th RS, Creech AFB, NV.
  5. Jan 2016 – Sep 2017, Assistant Chief of Training and MQ-9 Pilot, 17th Attack Squadron, ACC,
    Creech AFB, NV.
  6. Sep 2017 – Mar 2019, Assistant Flight Commander and MQ-9 Pilot, 17th Attack Squadron, ACC,
    Creech AFB, NV.
  7. Mar 2019 – Oct 2019, Assistant Chief of Weapons and MQ-9 Pilot, 11th Attack Squadron, ACC,
    Creech AFB, NV.
  8. Oct 2019 – Dec 2021, Flight Commander and Undergraduate RPA Pilot Training Instructor Pilot,
    558th Flying Training Squadron, AETC, JBSA Randolph AFB, TX.
  9. Dec 2021 – Oct 2022, Assistant Director of Operations, 558th Flying Training Squadron, AETC,
    JBSA Randolph AFB, TX.
  10. Oct 2022 – present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 785,
    University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Aerial Achievement Medal (22 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air and Space Commendation Medal
  • Air and Space Achievement Medal
  • Air and Space Longevity Service Award (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  • Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars)
  • Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals

Effective Dates for Promotion

  • Second Lieutenant 17 Jul 2012
  • First Lieutenant 17 Jul 2014
  • Captain 17 Jul 2016