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Kelly “Curly” Ihme


Lt Col Kelly “Curly” Ihme, Ph.D., is a Pennsylvania Air National Guard officer currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Distance Education at the U.S. Army War College.  A graduate of SUNY Brockport, she holds Master's Degrees in American History from the American Military University and in Military Operational Art and Sciences from Air University and a Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Arizona (formerly University of the Rockies). She previously served as a Mental Health Nurse on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and as a historian for Air Force Space Command. She's currently the resilience officer for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard along with her USAWC professorship duties. This article expresses her personal views and not those of the United States Army War College, the United States Air Force, or the Department of Defense. 

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