Colonel Trew entered the Air Force in 1999 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree. After flying trainers and fighter aircraft for the first half of his career, he has spent the last decade focused on innovations in military education, strategy, and leadership. This has included a year studying at the Air Force school for strategists, earning a PhD in the history of technology, coaching innovation teams across the DoD, and, most recently, leading the design team for Space Force education. He has extensive training in facilitation and design thinking and is also certified as a performance coach, personal trainer, and an Ironman triathlon coach. Col Trew, who goes by the callsign "TOGA," is currently the Vice Commandant of Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The views he expresses here are his personal views and do not reflect the official policy of - or endorsement by - the US Air Force, Department of Defense or the US Government.