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Amato Appointed Commander of Air Force ROTC & Professor of Aerospace Studies at Clarkson University

Lt. Col. Jennifer A. Amato has been appointed commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 536 and professor of aerospace studies at Clarkson University.

Lt. Col. Jennifer A. AmatoShe received her bachelor of arts degree in organizational communication from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her master of arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

She completed the air and space basic course as well as Squadron Officer School, at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. She completed additional studies at the Air Command and Staff College.

Amato was commissioned second lieutenant in 1999 and first lieutenant two years later. She was promoted to captain in 2003, then major in 2008 and lieutenant colonel in 2014.

In her post at Clarkson, she is responsible to the University president and to the commander of HQ AFROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base. Detachment 536 provides a leadership development program to recruit, retain, train, evaluate and commission college students as they become qualified officer candidates and strive to become second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. Detachment 536 resides at Clarkson University and supports agreements with St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY at Potsdam.

Just prior to accepting this position, Amato was the deputy director of the 377th Force Support Squadron at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The squadron is responsible for installation support activities to include military and civilian personnel offices, manpower experts, education and training functions, and a variety of services that include dining, personal and family readiness and relocation assistance, fitness, child care facilities, recreational and leisure activities for more than 4,000 military, 15,000 civilians and 2,500 contractors and their families on a daily basis.

Amato was an AFROTC instructor at Detachment 875, Virginia Tech and was an assistant professor of aerospace studies there from 2004 to 2008. She subsequently was assigned to a number of staff jobs that included support for three distinct missions for contingency operations overseas, with 18 months of total service in Afghanistan.

Amato is a decorated officer who has been awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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