AFROTC Detachment 035 Commander
Lt Col C. Gracie Alvarez
Lt Col Alvarez is the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 035. She serves as the Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies and the Professor of Aerospace Studies at California State University, Fresno. She is responsible for recruiting, training, educating, and mentoring Air Force officer candidates, preparing them for leadership roles beyond AFROTC.
Lt Col Alvarez entered the Air Force in 1993, serving over two years as an enlisted member before earning a Bachelor's of Arts degree and Commission in 1997 through AFROTC Detachment 025, Arizona State University at Tempe, AZ. She is an Air Battle Manager who has served operationally at multiple airborne air control squadrons within Air Combat Command and Air Force Reserve Command. She also completed a four-year joint services tour at North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, Geilenkirchen, Germany.
Lt Col Alvarez has deployed in support of Operation SEA SIGNAL at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Operation NORTHERN WATCH, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; COUNTER-DRUG Operations, Curacao FOL, Netherlands, Antilles. She has operational experience in SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and PACOM as well as combat tours in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and INHERRENT RESOLVE at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. She served as the Assistant Director of Operations and most recently Chief of Readiness for the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron providing command and control capabilities in support of 513th Air Control Group while assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command.