Air Force JROTC

Maj. David Malinowski

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Air Force JROTC

Aerospace Science

Portable #1 & 2:

david.malinowski@gilbertschools.net

Welcome! 

This year's class will consist of a social studies course portion called, "Cultural Studies: An Introduction to Global Awareness.  The course was specidically created for the service Junior ROTC programs.  It introduces students to the study of world affairs, regional studies (starting with the middle east), and cultural awareness.  The course delves into the following areas: history, geography, religions, languages, culture, political systems, economics, social issues, environmental concerns, and human rights.  Major events and significant people that have shaped each region will be explored.  In addition to this portion, the class will also include a Leadership Portion and a Physical Training (PT) Portion and some Drill, as well as uniform wear and inspections.  

About Me

I was born on the east coast, the son of an educator.  One of my first memories as a child is when US astronauts first walked on the moon.  We had just relocated to Northern New Jersey where my father was taking a new job as a vice principal.  Interest in space and education would influence and guide the rest of my life.

I studied physics and participated in AFROTC at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.  In May of 1989 I graduated and was commissioned.  My first assignment sent me through Undergraduate Space Training and into the 2nd Space Control Squadron working in the master control station of the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS).  After a 2nd overseas operational tour with another satellite system, I went on to teach about Space Systems at the Space Warfare Center in Colorado.  From there I spent time in the 90th Wing, the Air Force Research Lab, a few Air & Space Operations Centers, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency before retiring after 20 years of service.  

After my military service, I completed an MA in Secondary Education and student taught Physics for the Tempe Unified School District prior to being hired by Gilbert to teach math and physics. I taught for Gilbert three years and was involved with Best Buddies, Chess and a state champion Robotics clubs prior to being selected for this position.

In addition to being excited to encourage cadets through many activities that offer opportunities for leadership and service, I am also excited to share my space and operations experience with cadets by coaching them in a new and growing national space challenge competition called StellarXplorers.

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