Col Craig T. Narasaki

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Colonel Craig T. Narasaki is the Dean, School of Strategic Force Studies, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He leads 124 faculty and staff members committed to developing Airmen, joint service members and international partners who will thrive in a technologically competitive environment. Approximately 6,000 mid to senior level students will graduate in programs such as nuclear deterrence strategy, space policy and cyberspace operations annually. The School of Strategic Force Studies’ operating and maintenance budget is approximately $12M/fiscal year, which supports the Nuclear College located at Kirtland AFB, the National Security Space Institute at Peterson AFB, the School of Cyberspace Professional Continuing Education at Wright-Patterson AFB and the Distance Learning Department, located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington.

Colonel Narasaki entered the Air Force in 1995 with an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp scholarship.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Narasaki served as the Director, Civilian Institution Programs, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.


1995 Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences, cum laude, California State University at Sacramento, CA
1996 Undergraduate Space and Missile Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
1996 Initial Qualification Training, Peacekeeper ICBM, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
2001 Master of Science Microbiology, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, CO
2002 Basic Instructor Course, Air Education and Training Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
2002 Squadron Officers School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (correspondence)
2006 Space 200 - Space Application, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, CO
2010 Doctor of Philosophy Bacteriology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX
2010 Doctrine Development, Curtis E. LeMay Doctrine Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2012 Space 300 - Space Integration, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, CO
2012 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (correspondence)
2012 Nuclear 300 - Advanced Nuclear Concepts, AF Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
2016 Expeditionary Air Advisor Training, Fort Dix-McGuire Air Force Base, NJ
2016 Security Cooperation Fundamentals, Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies, Peterson AFB, CO


Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Medal
NATO Medal for service with ISAF and Resolute Support Mission


May 2010, American Society for Microbiology 110th General Meeting, “Characterization of the GDP-DMannose
Biosynthesis Pathway in Coxiella burnetti and the Initial Steps for GDP-β-D-Virenose
Biosynthesis,” San Diego, CA.

Nov 2001, Air Force Institute of Technology, Detachment 90, “The Bacillus anthracis Vaccine and
Military Deployment,” Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Narasaki CT and Toman R. Lipopolysaccahride of Coxiella burnetii. Advances in Experimental Medical
Biology. 2012 Jun; 984:65-90.

Narasaki CT, Mertens K, and Samuel JE. Characterization of the GDP-D-Mannose Biosynthesis Pathway
in Coxiella burnetii: The Initial Steps for GDP-β-D-Virenose Biosynthesis. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10):e25514.
Epub 2011 Oct 31.

Chuanchuen R, Narasaki CT, and Schweizer HP. Benchtop and microcentrifuge preparation of
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
competent cells. Biotechniques. 2002 Oct; 33(4):760, 762-3.

Chuanchuen R, Narasaki CT, and Schweizer HP. The MexJK efflux pump of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
requires OprM for antibiotic efflux but not for efflux of triclosan. Journal of Bacteriology. 2002 Sep;

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