AFJROTC Senior Instructor
Major John Beaulieu was born in Maine, but grew up in Ocala, Florida, and attended the University of West Florida. Upon graduation in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education, he entered the Air Force’s Officer Training School in San Antonio Texas where he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.
After pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, near Del Rio Texas, 2Lt Beaulieu and his family moved to Vandenberg AFB in California to continue more training at Vandenberg AFB where he transferred to the Space and Missile career field. After serving more than 10 years in Missile Operations in the West and in the nation’s heartland (and earning a Master of Arts degree from Colorado State University), the Air Force selected Captain Beaulieu to attend Auburn University in Alabama to receive a PhD in the History of Technology. He wrote his dissertation on the first successful round-the-world flight, made by American military aircrews in 1924.
After Auburn, Major Beaulieu and his family moved to the nation’s capital in 2000 to begin work in the Pentagon at the Air Force History Office. Major Beaulieu was working as an Executive Officer in Room 5D1018 when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on 9/11. After that attack, he eventually moved back to Operations, but stayed in Washington DC. He transferred to the Air Force Office of Lessons Learned. There, he assisted in the Hurricane Katrina/Rita and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami relief efforts, and many other combat, training, and humanitarian missions.
In August 2006, after more than 20 years of service, Major Beaulieu retired from active duty to settle in the North Carolina mountains. However, he chose to still work for the USAF, where he started and ran the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Swain County High School in Bryson City. Eight years later, he transferred to Enka High School to run their JROTC program (and to be closer to his Waynesville home). The 2016-2017 school year marks his 11th year as an AFJROTC Senior Instructor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, racquetball, and spending time with his children.