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Technical Sergeant Justin Barnacascel is the noncommissioned officer in charge, Personnel Policies and Programs for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.

He directs, implements and synchronizes programs and policies with the NER, Holm Center, Headquarters AFROTC. He manages more than 150 cadet records involving all financial, enlistment and commissioning, contracting, administrative, medical and a multitude of separate personnel actions equating to over $1.7 million annually for the entire cadet life cycle.

Barnacascel entered the U.S. Air Force in June 2009. He graduated from the Personnel Technician Training Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi in August 2009. He has been enlisted for 10 years and has held numerous leadership positions.

Before his current position, Barnacascel was the noncommissioned officer in charge, Commanders Support Staff, 15th Medical Support Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Barnacascel has deployed twice, to support operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, and to support  continuous bomber presence and theater security package.


  • 2013 Airman Leadership School, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
  • Associate in Applied Science, Human Resource. Management, Community College of the Air Force.
  • Course 15 Professional Military Education, nonresidence.
  • Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course, nonresidence.
  • Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.


  • July 2009 – August 2009: Trainee, basic military training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
  • August 2009 – November 2009: Student, personnelist apprentice, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.
  • November 2009 – June 2010: ID cards technician, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
  • Jun 2010 – September 2010: Re-enlistments and extensions technician, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
  • September 2010 – February 2012: Base DEROS technician, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, (September 2011 – February 2012, Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey).
  • February 2012 – July 2012: Adverse actions technician, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
  • July 2012 – December 2012: Awards and decorations technician, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
  • December 2012 – August 2013: Base INTRO technician, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
  • August 2013 – March 2014: Noncommissioned officer in charge, Base LeaveWeb Program, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
  • March 2014 – February 2016: noncommissioned officer in charge, Reenlistments & Promotions, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.
  • February 2016 – December 2018: noncommissioned officer in charge, Commanders Support Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
  • December 2018 – June 2020: Group commander executive assistance, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (June 2019 – Jan 2020, Permanent Structured Cooperation Team chief, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam).
  • June 2020 – present: Noncommissioned officer in charge, Personnel Policies and Programs, U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 867, Northfield, Vermont.


  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters.


  • Airman basic, Jan. 6, 2015.
  • Airman first class, Aug. 21, 2009.
  • Senior airman, Dec. 21, 2011.
  • Staff sergeant, Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Technical sergeant, May 1, 2017.

Room & Board

Cadets that earned a Type 1 ROTC scholarship received an additional $15,000 annually from Norwich for Room & Board.

3.0 and 90%

To improve your AFROTC scholarship chances, you’ll want to carry a 3.0 gpa and 90% fitness score or better. Learn More scholarship tips.

Leadership Pays

AFROTC Scholarship Tip: Seek out leadership opportunities in the Corps of Cadets, athletic teams, clubs or volunteer work on and off campus.

Meet our Cadets and Graduates

  • Thomas A. Bussiere ’85U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    Thomas A. Bussiere ’85
    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected, both from a professional development perspective and pride in our alma mater. … What the institution gave to everybody who serves is pretty strong.”
  • Cadet Zoha Alam ’24U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Zoha Alam ’24
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Norwich University's AFROTC has shown the many opportunities to careers within the Air Force...AFROTC has instilled pride with in me and has taught me how I can put service before myself. I joined AFROTC to serve my nation for all it has done for my family."
  • Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I was informed of Norwich’s AFROTC program in high school, and once I visited, I knew it was the place for me. I had always wanted to live a life that revolved around helping people; I always took pride in knowing I was able to make someone’s day better. It has been my goal all throughout my time at Norwich to commission as an Air Force officer because I know I can live a life serving and helping the American people."
  • Cadet Koa Rosales ’25U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Koa Rosales ’25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Joining the Air Force as an officer has been my top goal growing up as a kid. While my grandfather was Navy and my father was Army, the Air Force values resonated more with me than any other branch. When I applied to Norwich, I knew that the Corps of Cadet would help me prepare to be the best I could be. Be it through growing a strong mindset or developing resiliency through challenges, both AFROTC and Corps of Cadet will support me in my future."
  • Gary Keefe ’86 U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    Gary Keefe ’86
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    “It’s you … that have the values and steel in your backbone to protect our way of life.”
  • Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I’ve gained so much from AFROTC at Norwich...the two most important things being great friends and mentors. Our Cadre have always been so supportive, starting from the moment I joined AFROTC. Same with the individuals I’ve met in AFROTC from my own classmates, the underclass men, and other AFROTC cadets from other detachments...And I know even after I commission, they will always be a great source of support for me."
  • Elizabeth Scalf '23 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Elizabeth Scalf '23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I came in thinking I want to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I was an active cadet in U.S. Air Force ROTC program for my first year at Norwich; I went inactive (during) the Study Away program, which let me have an internship with Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. After this internship, I decided to go non-pursuing, but still have the (option) to go to Officer Training School after graduating. … I am now pursuing a job in a ‘three-letter’ agency or in the private sector once I graduate.”
  • Yoomide Millar '25 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Yoomide Millar '25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I always had the love for the Air Force, and when I was looking at colleges, I wanted to join the Air Force and I wanted to join an ROTC program. And I found out about Norwich and the Corps of Cadets and I knew it was going to be better for me to join (it). … I’m not going to quit … I’m ready to meet the challenges. … I want to try my hardest and know that I did my best.”
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