Major Tarah Cotton

Major Cotton Official Photo

Major Tarah Cotton is the Operations Flight Commander in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, Detachment 130, Howard University, Washington, D.C.  is responsible for all facets of cadet training and discipline, including directing/supervising leadership laboratory, field training preparation, military discipline, and career guidance. She also teaches the AS300 course.

Major Cotton recruits, trains, motivates and counsels highly-qualified young men and women as prospective Air Force officers.

Major Cotton received her commission from the ROTC program at the University of South Carolina in 2011.  Her Air Force experience includes financial management and comptroller assignments at the squadron, Major Command, Air Staff, as well as the deployed arena.  Major Cotton has served in operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.As a Department of Defense Acquisition Corps member, she obtained Level I and II certifications in Program Management and Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management.  

Prior to her current assignment, Major Cotton served as a  a Senior Cost Analyst for the Cost Analysis Integration division, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Cost and Economics, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Education

2011 Bachelor of Science Hospitality Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2011 Financial Management Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS

2015 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018 Master of Science Cost Analysis, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

2019 Professional Financial Management Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

Assignments

1. November 2011-April 2013, Financial Services Flight Commander, 355th Comptroller Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

2. April 2013-July 2014, Financial Analysis Flight Commander, 355th Comptroller Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

3. July 2014- July 2016, Command Budget Analyst, budget operations and integration, Directorate of Comptroller, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX

4. July 2016-March 2018, Student, Graduate Cost Analysis Program, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

5. April 2018-May 2020, Senior Cost Analyst, Cost Analysis Integration, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Cost and Economics), the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

(April 2019 – October 2019, Comptroller/Director J8, Military Information Support Joint Task Force – Central, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)

6. May 2020 – Present, Operations Flight Commander, AFROTC Detachment 130, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Major Awards and Decorations

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant

May 6, 2011

First Lieutenant

May 26, 2013

Captain

May 25, 2015