Colonel John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), ’90, is the vice president for communications and marketing at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Before joining the leadership team at The Citadel, Dorrian served 25 years in the United States Air Force. His last assignment before retirement was as spokesperson for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the military effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In that role, Dorrian was principal military spokesperson as well as public affairs and communications advisor to the task force commander and senior staff. During that deployment, he conducted more than 400 national and international news media engagements.
Previously, he was director of Public Affairs, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He was responsible for developing and executing global communication strategies to build understanding and support for Air Force Space Command. He worked directly with local, national and international media on coverage of command missions including Air Force network operations; satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and space system development and acquisition.
Dorrian is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He was commissioned in July 1992 after completing Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and was then assigned as the deputy chief of public affairs at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Dorrian has served as a public affairs officer at the wing, Numbered Air Force, major command, Headquarters Air Force and combatant command levels. He commanded the 305th Mission Support Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County, New Jersey, and also deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as chief of press desk operations, International Security Assistance Force. Dorrian also earned his Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and served an Education with Industry (EWI) fellowship with international public relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies in New York City.