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A 7-12 free public charter school in Ogden, Utah.

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Major Susan Gardenhour

JROTC Instructor

Major Susan H. Gardenhour is a Junior ROTC instructor at Utah Military Academy, Riverdale, Utah. Major Gardenhour enlisted in the Air Force in July 1992 serving as a logistics technician until 1998 when she was selected for duty with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) as a Federal Agent. After completing ROTC at the University of Maryland she commissioned in the Air Force in December 2002 and continued duty with AFOSI. Major Gardenhour has served as a branch chief, operations officer and detachment commander on numerous occasions. She has deployed multiple times, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait. She retired from active duty on 1 August 2015, after 23 years of service.

Major Gardenhour is married to Lt Col (Retired) Joseph Gardenhour and they have two children, Conner and Carley.


2002 Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

2003 Aerospace Basic Course, in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL

2008 Squadron Officer School, in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL

2008 Master of Science in Security Management/Homeland Security, Bellevue University