Colonel Jeff Chostner, member of the Class of 1969, entered the University of Colorado to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English in 1973. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was then commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, entering active duty in August 1980.
During his military career, he was Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia. As the Staff Judge Advocate, he advised the JTF-SWA Commander on diverse legal matters ranging from General and Special Courts Martial actions to claims to adverse actions, as well as civil law matters. He also advised and oversaw legal matters at three Staff Judge Advocate office in the Area of Responsibility, as well as actions referred to those offices. Chostner also played a key role in supporting the war fighter through his role of analyzing targets and weapons selection to ensure Operation SOUTHERN WATCH strikes adhere to the Law of Armed Conflict in the timely and effective execution of the United Nations-sanctioned "no-fly" and "no-drive" zones in southern Iraq.