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Carrie Queen Kilareski

Carrie Queen Kilareski

Carrie was an AFROTC cadet as well as a mathematician. She used that combination in some very interesting work dealing with missile warning surveillance and the destruction of weapons and missiles as prescribed by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

Carrie Kilareski was a 1999 BS Mathematics graduate who was immediately commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USAF, and was stationed at Vandenberg AFB for six months of space operations training. She has since had stays at Cavalier AFS and Grand Forks AFB. Carrie's first assignment was with the 10th space Warning Squadron as a missile Warning Crew Commander conducting space surveillance and missile warning with phased array radar. In Carrie's second assignment, she was with the 319th Air Refueling Wing. She was the Chief of the Treaty Compliance Office, responsible for ensuring the bases compliance with several international treaties, mainly the Strategic arms Reductions Treaty (START). For example, she was responsible for ensuring the base followed the prescribed START elimination process involving the imploding of missile silos. Carrie led four START inspections where a team of ten Russians came to inspect the START treaty compliance. Carrie was in charge of showing the Russians the finished work, negotiating with them, and coordinating all base activities to support the inspections. Carrie called this duty a "most incredible experience," and the "interaction with the Russian colonials was fascinating." During this stay, Carrie was also the Wing Operations Security Officer and the Deputy Chief of the Crisis Action Team.

Carrie has recently separated from the Air Force in order to begin a family with her husband who is a pilot at Edwards AFB. In the meantime she has also completed a masters degree in Space Studies. Carrie says that she is very pleased with her experience in the Air Force, and is happy that she earned a degree in mathematics, and that she made that particular career choice.