When Chief Master Sgt. Brian Rozick was in high school, he was not quite certain on what he wanted to do after graduation. One thing he was certain of was that taking College Credit Plus (CCP) classes at Terra State would set him up for any path he chose. As a dual enrollment CCP student from Woodmore High School, he was full time at Terra State during his junior and senior years at Woodmore.
Without a driver’s license, Rozick’s friend was also attending Terra State and became his means of transportation to campus. Although the carpool was an added bonus, Rozick would have chosen Terra State either way.
In 1996, Rozick graduated from Terra State with an Associate of Arts in English Literature on the same weekend as his high school graduation. After graduating and still unclear of the path to take, he decided to enlist into the Air Force.
“I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, I still kind of don't,” said Rozick, “I knew that the military was something I wanted to do.”
Rozick served in the Air Force as an Airborne Communications Systems Operator. He served with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, where he flew on MC-130E Combat Talon aircraft and was able to travel all over the world.
During his first eight years in the military, he received two associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force. After four years of active duty service, Rozick came back home to join the Air National Guard at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio. He served as a firefighter on monthly drill weekends while also working and attending school.
Rozick went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Toledo in 2015.
He was offered a position as a fulltime firefighter at the 180th Fighter Wing in a dual position as a civilian and a military firefighter. Rozick worked through the military ranks and in 2012, was named Fire Chief (civilian side) and was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant (military side) in 2018.
Length of Study
Less than $20,000
180th Fighter Wing
Fire Chief & Chief Master Sergeant