Lint Center’s ‘Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint’ Scholarship ($1,500)
WINNER: CPT Niki G. Kissinger (2014)

Captain Kissinger entered the Air Force in 2008, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her Systems Engineering Bachelor’s degree with an Astronautical Engineering focus. She then attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration in 2011. She is currently pursuing her Doctor in Business Administration at the University of Dallas with a projected completion in the Spring of 2017.

Captain Niki Kissinger’s military career has consisted of three assignments, spanning from launch operations and acquisitions to recruiting and instructing cadets for the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), CA. At her first duty station, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Captain Kissinger was the Responsible Engineer for the Electrical, Radio Frequency, and Flight Termination Systems for the Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Furthermore, she was hand-selected to perform the prestigious and very challenging position of Flight Commander (FC) for Day of Launch operations, making her the lead of the Air Force Technical Team. Captain Kissinger supported 14 Atlas V launches, 11 of which she lead the technical team as the `FC’.

Her next assignment brought her to the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. She was immediately chosen to be the Project Lead for the command and control of wideband satellite communications. Her efforts enabled the Command and Control System-Consolidated to sustain the legacy military communication satellite constellations of the Defense Satellite Communication System and the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (SATCOM) system as well as the addition of the fourth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite. Captain Kissinger’s excellent performance and hard work enabled her selection as the Deputy Lead for the Systems Engineering Segment of the Systems Engineering and Integration Team, where she supported the efforts to place the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite on orbit.

Shortly thereafter, she was hand-selected to perform the duties of the Air Force ROTC Recruiting Flight Commander at Detachment 055, UCLA, CA. She managed all on-campus, cross-town, and local-area recruiting activities to meet Detachment and Air Force objectives in support of the Air Force ROTC National Recruiting Strategy. Captain Niki Kissinger also served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Studies while at UCLA.

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