Dr. David A. Tretler returns to Ironwood Academy to teach a unique high school history course. The class, U.S. and Global Affairs: A Critical View, will challenge students to be knowledgeable on current events, to critically examine all sides of an argument, and to conduct rigorous and respectful debate with peers on a wide range of relevant national and global issues. In addition, Ironwood Academy’s parents of high school students will be invited to attend an engaging question and answer session with Dr. Tretler immediately following the 90-minute class period each week on Tuesdays to provide context for meaningful discussions at home.
Dr. Tretler is the retired Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the National War College in Washington, DC, culminating 50 years of Federal Government service capped by 26 years teaching graduate-level courses on all aspects of national security strategy to senior professional military officers and government officials.
Dr. Tretler earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in military history from Rice University. He taught military history for eight years at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he served as Director of Military History, responsible for curriculum development, course design, and teaching performance.
Dr. Tretler retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1998 after thirty years active service. He flew 250 combat missions in the F-4D Phantom during the Vietnam War, was an instructor pilot in the T-38 jet trainer, served in the plans directorates at both the USAF Air Training Command and USAF headquarters, and was Deputy Chief of Air Force History before joining the faculty at National War College in 1992.
During his time at the National War College, Dr. Tretler worked regularly with officials throughout the U.S. national security establishment. He participated in week-long strategic studies seminars with government officials in Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Poland and Hungary, and also served as a consultant on strategic planning to the governments of Poland and Croatia.
Dr. Tretler was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 17 oak leaf clusters for his service during the Vietnam War. Subsequently, he earned both the Defense Superior Service Award and the CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award – the highest civilian service award presented by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – for his work at the National War College.
Dr. Tretler is married to the former Joy Doty of Sarasota, FL, and they have two grown children, Brian and Jessica.