Our Commander






Colonel Les Oberg is the Commander of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 009, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Colonel Oberg is responsible for the education and training of ROTC cadets from Yale University andseven associated crosstown universities and colleges during their four-year officer education and training programs. Col Oberg also erves as a member of the Yale faculty as the Professor (Adjunct) of Aerospace Studies.

Colonel Oberg entered the Air Force in 1996 after earning his commission from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He completed Intelligence Officer Training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, in 1998 and is a career intelligence officer. He has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels and served in a variety of positions within Combatant Commands, Joint Staff, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. His combat deployments include Camp Ilidza, Bosnia Herzegovina in 1999 supporting Operation JOINT FORGE; and various Middle East locations in 2001, 2003, 2005 2007, 2009, and 2010 supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.



1996 Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

1997 Master of Science, Strategic Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, Washington DC

2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2009 Master of Arts, Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2016 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, Washington DC



1. July 1996 – September 1997, student, Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington DC.

2. September 1997 – June 1998, student, Intelligence Officer Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX.

3. June 1998 – June 2000, Senior Watch Officer, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, FL.

4. June 2000 – June 2001, Flight Chief, 301st Intelligence Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan

5. June 2001 – June 2002, Chief, Conventional Systems Division, 301st Intelligence Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan.

6. June 2002 – June 2003, Chief, Signals Analysis and Network Development Division, 301st Intelligence Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan.

7. June 2003 – June 2004, Deputy Chief, Exercise Plans, 609th Air Intelligence Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC.

8. June 2004 – June 2005, Chief, Signals Intelligence Exploitation Branch, 609th Air Intelligence Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC.

9. June 2005 – July 2006, Action Officer, Commander’s Action group, Ninth Air Force, Shaw AFB, SC.

10. July 2006 – June 2008, Intelligence Flight Commander, 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley AFB, VA.

11. June 2008 – Aug 2009, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.

12. October 2009 – November 2010, Director of Operations, 732nd Expeditionary Intelligence Squadron, Balad AB, Iraq.

13. November 2010 – June 2011, Collection Manager, Standing Joint Forces HQ, U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Germany.

14. June 2011 – November 2012, Chief, Joint Reconnaissance Center, U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Germany.

15. November 2012 – June 2013, J2 Executive Officer, U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Germany.

16. June 2013 – June 2015, Commander, Regional Threats Analysis Squadron, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.

17. July 2015 – June 2016, Student, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, DC.

18. July 2016 – July 2017, Deputy Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff/J2, Pentagon, VA

19. August 2017 – June 2018, Chief ISR Division, 607th Air Operations Center, Osan AB ROK.

20. July 2018 – July 2020, Commander, 694th ISR Group, Osan AB ROK.

21. Aug 2020 – June 2023, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, HQ Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany.

22. July 2023 – Present, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 009, Professor of Aerospace Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT



1. November 2010 – June 2013, U.S. Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Germany.

2. July 2016 – July 2017, Joint Staff/J2, Pentagon, VA.

3. July 2020 – June 2023, HQ Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany.


Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal


Second Lieutenant – May 10, 1996

First Lieutenant - June 1, 1998

Captain - June 1, 2000

Major - July 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel - September 1, 2011

Colonel - December 1, 2017

(Current as of January 2023)