Keeping up with our alumni Spring 2013

<>Keeping up with our alumni


Colonel Fleetwood is a native of Bellingham, Washington. He received his Regular Army Commission through the ROTC program at WSU as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1987. His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the CH-47D Qualification Course, the Air Traffic Control Officer Course, the Psychological Operations Officer Course, the Civil Affairs Officer Course, the Korean Language Course, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from WSU, a Master of Science Degree in International Relations from Troy State University at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

His previous operational assignments include: Flight Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Operations Officer, Company A, 2-501st Aviation Regiment, Republic of Korea (1989-1991); Commander, 45th Air Traffic Services Company, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii (1992-1993); Executive Officer, Company B, 214th Aviation Regiment, Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Hawaii (1993-1994); Brigade S-5, 8th Military Police Brigade, Republic of Korea (1997-1998); Commander, Company A, 2-52d Aviation Regiment, Republic of Korea (1998-1999); Battalion S-3, 2-52d Aviation Regiment, Republic of Korea (1999-2000); Brigade S-3 and Executive Officer, 17th Aviation Brigade, Republic of Korea (2001-2003); Aviation Observer/Trainer, Operations Group A, Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2003-2005); Deputy G-3, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii (2005); Commander, 3d Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii/Contingency Operations Base Speicher, Iraq (2005-2008); Chief, Operations Support Branch and Chief, Current Operations Division, United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii (2008-2009); Chief, Joint Operations Coordination Element, United States Forces Korea, Republic of Korea  (2010-2013). COL Fleetwood is currently serving as the Inspector General for the Washington National Guard.

Colonel Fleetwood’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with service star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Korean Defense Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He is airborne qualified and has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge and the Republic of Korea Army Master Aviator Badge of Honor.

Colonel Fleetwood and his wife Mayuree have five children: Patrick, Jessica, Sara, Nicole and Heather.


“Things have been great for my family. I have been married for five years now. My wife Angela and I met while I was traveling through China and the Far East. We were married in March of 2008. We have a three-year-old daughter named Mia who was born in July of 2010. She is very adventurous and full of energy, and she is the joy of our lives. She is currently taking gymnastics, swimming, and dance classes. Who knew that a three-year-old could hold such a busy, complex schedule!

As a family, we continue to enjoy traveling. We have been back to China to visit family and also traveled to Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau. Last year, we were able to take a cruise through the Caribbean islands. We also enjoy (and enjoy the much cheaper cost!) camping trips, hiking, and going to baseball games.

My career is going well also. After graduating, I was hired by the Department of Treasury to work for U.S. Customs in July of 2002. In mid-2003 there was some government reorganization and a lot of agencies were placed under the newly created Department of Homeland Security. I am currently a Supervisory Officer for the Department of Homeland Security- Customs and Border Protection. For most of my career I have been assigned to passenger operations at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Most recently, I managed a group of 20 employees that is focusing mainly on immigration fraud, intercepting fraudulent documents, international criminals, human trafficking, human smuggling, and things of that nature relating to travelers who are attempting to enter the United States. Our work group is highly trained to conduct intensive interviews and in detecting deception.

It is kind of unique to be part of that kind of subgroup because we all spend a lot of time together both at work and outside of work, so it has almost developed into a small family group. Sometimes when things are really hitting the fan we see each other more than our actual families! I do feel really lucky to have had such a great work group and it does make it fun.

I am now starting on a new venture in my career. After a little more than 11 years in the passenger environment, I transferred work locations to the Tacoma, WA Seaport in September of 2013 and have taken over supervising a team that mainly handles the enforcement and regulation of vessels and crew members. I am excited to take on a new challenge and see what the future holds!”


Graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice from WSU, Dave has worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections since 1995. Beginning his career at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) as a Correctional Officer, for four years he worked just about every post an officer could work. Following WCC, he took a position as a Community Corrections Officer in the Pierce County Special Needs Unit, working with mentally ill offenders in the community. During the next 12 years, Dave worked urban and rural caseloads in Pierce and Thurston Counties. He was also an active firearms instructor and worked closely with numerous South Sound law enforcement and social service agencies. He has seen his department navigate numerous law changes and is currently helping Community Corrections Officers of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties implement the department’s Swift and Certain legislation.

Dave is married to a kindergarten teacher and has two boys. He is active in youth soccer in the Olympia area and has coached for several years.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Criminal Justice News like to keep up with our alumni! One way is by featuring news from our alumni in this newsletter to see what they have been up to since graduating from WSU. We would love to hear from you, as well! Please send information about your life and/or career experiences directly to Azra Rasic. Feel free to include a photo of yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!