Psychology students commissioned as United States Air Force captains
Luke Davis (left), fifth-year clinical PhD student, and Kieran Dhillon, fourth-year PsyD student, are commissioned as captains by Major James Bullard, executive officer, 452nd mission support group, March Air Reserve Base.
“I wanted to find a sense of meaning in my life,” shares Luke Davis, fifth-year clinical PhD student, “and I thought what better population to serve than those who put their lives on the line for me on a daily basis.”
Mr. Davis and Kieran Dhillon, fourth-year PsyD student, are not only students in the psychology department who are engaged to be married, they are also captains in the United States Air Force.
On April 4, 2005, they were commissioned as captains—the first time in the psychology department and School of Science and Technology that students have been selected for the United States Air Force clinical psychology internship program.
Capt. Dhillon and Capt. Davis are enlisted for a total of four years. They will begin their one-year internship at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
“It’s really nice to be doing this together,” expresses Capt. Dhillon. “We’re so blessed to have met here at LLU, get selected for the internship, and start our lives together like this.”
According to Staff Sgt. Bradley Garner, officer ascension recruiter, there were 15 applications to choose from across Arizona and Southern California. “They’re top of their class and had so many options to choose from,” says Staff Sgt. Garner. “They chose the Air Force, and the Air Force chose them.”
As psychologists for the United States Air Force, Capts. Davis and Dhillon will help individuals with diverse problems, including those with post-
traumatic stress disorders, individuals transitioning from being back home after deployment, interrogation, and more.
“What they’re doing in the post 9-11 world is more important than ever,” states Maj. James Bullard, executive officer, 452nd mission support group, March Air Reserve Base. “Giving psychological health care to individuals with trauma due to the war on terror mitigates anxiety, trauma, and other negative effects.”
“We are very proud of our students,” shares Louis Jenkins, PhD, chair of the department of psychology. “This is a further extension of the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ.”