Liza M. Theriault, a colonel in the United States Air Force, is a 2021-22 military fellow in The Washington Institute's Breslauer Family Military Fellows Program. Col Theriault most recently served as the commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 585, at Duke University. Since entering active duty in 2000, Col. Theriault has served as a section commander, executive officer, military personnel flight commander, operations officer, and force support squadron commander. She has been assigned within Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, Twelfth Air Force, and Headquarters Air Combat Command.
Col. Theriault has received the Meritorious Service Award with six oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, among numerous other decorations. She has also been recognized twice as the Air Force Level Personnel Officer of the Year.
M.A., Naval War College; M.S., Troy State University; B.A., California State University, San Bernardino