USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Capt. Brooke Cultra has joined the Air Force women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season, announced today by head coach Chris Gobrecht. Cultra is a 2009 USAFA grad and four-year basketball letter winner.
“To be able to have a former Air Force Women’s Basketball player who has served in our Air Force and is continuing to serve by helping to mentor the future leaders on our team, makes for the ideal military coach for our program,” Gobrecht said. “We are thrilled to have Capt. Cultra back in our Falcon basketball family.”
Cultra returns to the Academy after serving several assignments around the world with the Air Force over the past eight years, most recently at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs.
The Onarga, Ill., native brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for the cadet-athletes, having walked in their path as a four-year letter winner with the basketball program.
In her four years at the Academy, Cultra was a vital member of the women’s basketball team. As a guard, Cultra played in 112 games, ranking amongst the Academy lists (Div. I era) in career blocks (second – 58), rebounds (sixth – 478), free throw percentage (fourth - .783) and scoring (12th – 782). In her senior season, she was a team captain and ranked second in the team in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game.
Cultra comes back to the Academy after one year at Peterson AFB, where she worked as a procuring contracting officer in the strategic warning and surveillance systems division. At Peterson, she led the contracting support to the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex integrated tactical warning/attack assessment program.
Cultra’s three previous assignments prior to Peterson, had her stationed in Saudi Arabia, Florida, Germany and Kosovo. From 2015-16, Cultra was the lead administrative contracting officer for the defense contract management agency Middle East, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She led a team that oversaw 103 contracts and over 26 foreign military sales programs valued at two billion dollars.
From 2012-15, Cultra was a specialized acquisitions contract manager with the air combat command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. She was responsible for planning, execution and contract administration functions for specialized acquisitions valued at $60 million in support of the 505th Command and Control wing’s complex command and control testing, tactics development and training mission.
Her first assignment in the Air Force, from 2009-12, was as a base support flight contract manager in the 700th Contracting Squadron at the Rhine Ordinance barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In Germany, she oversaw contract actions supporting U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Third Air Force, the 86th Airlift Wing and 10 U.S. European Command installations. During this time, she also deployed in support of Operation Joint Guardian as chief, regional contracting office, headquartered in Kosovo. There, she led a team to execute 300 contract actions in direct support of three headquarters, 28 nations and 10 national support elements.
Cultra earned her degree in behavioral science from the Academy in 2009. She earned her Master’s degree in exercise science from the University of West Florida in 2016.