A 2001 Amery graduate feels several instructors during his high career left an impact on him and now he is paying it forward as a teacher in the U.S. Air Force.
Garrison Lindholm had several favorite teachers at Amery High School who influenced him including Mr. Bosley, Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Vincent, Mr. Enslin, and Mr. Schieffer.
After high school, Lindholm moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota for undergrad where received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 2006. During his time at the University of Minnesota, he joined ROTC and eventually commissioned into the United States Air Force in 2006 after graduating.
Lindholm was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base from 2007 - 2010 where he worked as a Global Hawk flight test engineer and a hypersonic flight test engineer. While at Edwards, he worked on and obtained his Masters of Science in Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in December 2010. The Air Force then moved Lindholm to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio where he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautical Engineering with an emphasis on guidance control and navigation from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He continued at Wright Patterson AFB where he worked as an aerospace controls researcher.
After obtaining this vast knowledge, Lindholm knew he wanted to teach, and where better than the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)? While at AFIT, he caught the attention of a current USAFA Professor, Col. Angie Supplison. She recommended him to the staff of the Aerospace Engineering Department (DFAN) and he was moved to Colorado Springs in June of 2017.
He spent the summer preparing to teach and was noticed as a natural. In the spring of 2018 after teaching AE 351, Aircraft performance and static stability and AE 352 Aircraft dynamic stability and control, he was awarded the "Department of Aeronautics Outstanding First Year Instructor."
Remarks from those who bestowed the award to him included, “Major Lindholm is an incredible role model for cadets in numerous academic capacities. As an instructor, he receives near-perfect personal critiques from cadets enrolled in his courses while providing extra-instruction for no less than thirteen different courses overall. In the Flight Mechanics course, he single-handedly developed a new glider performance prediction tool in MATLAB and produced brand new exams to improve assessment of cadet performance. In addition, he modified the hands-on cadet glider project to remove wind tunnel testing, instead substituting an initial flight test approach, resulting in greater fidelity of test data. He also volunteered to develop additional syllabi and projects for the Engineering Math course to make it more relevant to Aeronautical Engineering students. Finally, he has served CW (Cadet Wing) as an AAOCA (Assistant Air Office Commanding for Academics).”
Lindholm continued to teach AE 351, 352, AE 210 (Introduction to Aeronautics), Engineering Math, which had previously not been taught by an Aerospace professor, and an independent study. After his second year, he was awarded Outstanding Academic Educator for Department of Engineering - Aeronautics for 2018-2019.
One of Lindholm’s students made the following remarks about their instructor, “Excellent professor and military professional. His lesson plans were always well prepared, deliberate, and engaging. He made himself extremely available for extra instruction as well. Major Lindholm also served as a great officer role model, sharing applicable life lessons (war stories) from his career and developing unique, meaningful, and professional relationships with all of his students."
Another said, “Fantastic teacher, officer, and person. He sets the standard for respect and is an instructor that we should have replicas of."
Lindholm has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Academy thus far and said hopes he gets to continue teaching there for many years to come.
His mom, Susan Lindholm, continues to make Amery her home. Lindholm has a wife, Kristen, and two children Maggie (4) and Kaitlyn (2).