List of United States Air Force Academy alumni

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The United States Air Force Academy is an undergraduate college in Colorado Springs, Colorado with the mission of educating and commissioning officers for the United States Air Force. The Academy was established in 1954, entered its first class in 1955, and graduated its first class in 1959. The students are referred to as cadets.[1] Sports media refer to the Academy as "Air Force;" this usage is officially endorsed.[2] Most cadets are admitted through a congressional appointment system.[3] The curriculum is broad-based but has traditionally emphasized science and engineering.[4] Before the Academy's first graduating class in 1959, the United States Naval Academy and United States Military Academy were the primary sources of officers for the Air Force and its predecessors, the Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces.[citation needed] Though the primary focus of the college is for the Air Force, some graduates are given the option cross-commissioning into the United States Army, United States Navy, or United States Marine Corps.[5]

This list is drawn from graduates, non-graduate former cadets, current cadets, and faculty of the Air Force Academy. Over 410 noted scholars from a variety of academic fields are Academy graduates, including: 35 Rhodes Scholars, 9 Marshall Scholars, 13 Harry S. Truman Scholars, 115 John F. Kennedy School of Government Scholars, and 31 Gerahart Scholars.[6] Additional notable graduates include 403 general officers, 164 graduates who were killed in combat, 36 repatriated prisoners of war, 1 Medal of Honor recipient, and 2 combat aces.[6] Thirty-nine Academy graduates have become astronauts, second among institutions of higher learning only to the United States Naval Academy with 52.[7]

Academics[edit]

"Class year" refers to the individual's class year, which usually is the same as the individual's graduation year. In times of war, military academy classes may graduate early, but this has never happened at the Air Force Academy.
Name Class year Notability References
Hosmer, Bradley C.Bradley C. Hosmer 1959 Lieutenant General; first graduate in the order of merit in the first class at the Academy; Academy's first Rhodes Scholar; first graduate to return to the Academy as Superintendent of the Air Force Academy (1991–1994) [8]
Cubero, Ruben A.Ruben A. Cubero 1961 Brigadier General; combat pilot veteran of the Vietnam War; first Hispanic Dean of Faculty at the Academy [9]
Rokke, ErvinErvin Rokke 1962 Lieutenant General; first USAFA graduate to be Dean of Faculty at the Academy, 1984-86; President of National Defense University 1994-97; President of Moravian College 1997-2006. [10]
Oelstrom, Tad J.Tad J. Oelstrom 1965 Director of the National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (1997–2000) [11][12]
Klotz, FrankFrank Klotz 1973 Lieutenant General; Rhodes scholar; Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command; missilier [13]
Aretz, AnthonyAnthony Aretz 1980 President of the College of Mount St. Joseph since 2008. [14]
Garcia Cubero, LindaLinda Garcia Cubero 1980 Cubero was a member of the first class of women to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, and thus became the first Hispanic woman to graduate from any service academy. [15]
Johnson, Michelle D.Michelle D. Johnson 1981 Major General; jet transport/tanker pilot; first woman USAF Academy Rhodes Scholar; first woman Cadet Wing Commander; Academic All American Basketball player (1981-82); inaugural member USAF Academy Sports Hall of Fame (2007); Air Force Aide to the President of the United States (1992-94) [16]
Wilson, HeatherHeather Wilson 1982 Rhodes Scholar; U.S. Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional district (1998–2009); first graduate elected to the United States Congress [17]
Born, Dana H.Dana H. Born 1983 Brigadier General; first female Dean of Faculty at the Academy
Howard, Christopher B.Christopher B. Howard 1991 Rhodes Scholar; President of Hampden-Sydney College, since 2009 [19]
Levy, HilaHila Levy 2008 First Puerto-Rican Rhodes Scholar (2008) [20]
Bradley Hosmer
Ruben Cubero
Dana Born

Superintendents of the Academy[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Hosmer, Bradley C.Bradley C. Hosmer 1959 Lieutenant General; first graduate in the order of merit in the first class at the Academy; Academy's first Rhodes Scholar; first graduate to return to the Academy as Superintendent of the Air Force Academy (1991–1994) [8]
Oelstrom, Tad J.Tad J. Oelstrom 1965 Director of the National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (1997–2000) [11][12]
Stein, Paul E.Paul E. Stein 1966 Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (1994–1997) [21]
Dallager, John R.John R. Dallager 1969 Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2000–2003) [22]
Regni, John F.John F. Regni 1973 Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2005–2009) [23]
Gould, Michael C.Michael C. Gould 1976 Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2009–2013); commander of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center (2000-2002) [24][25]
Johnson, Michelle D.Michelle D. Johnson 1981 Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2013–); [26]
Michelle D. Johnson

Astronauts[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Bobko, Karol J.Karol J. Bobko 1959 Pilot of STS-6; Commanded STS-51-D and STS-51-J;
only astronaut to have flown on the maiden flight of two Space Shuttle orbiters (Challenger and Atlantis)
[27]
Gregory, Frederick D.Frederick D. Gregory 1964 Pilot of STS-51-B; Commanded STS-33 and STS-44; Former Deputy Administrator and former acting Administrator for NASA; first African American to command any space vehicle [28]
Blaha, John E.John E. Blaha 1965 Pilot of STS-29 and STS-33; Commanded STS-43 and STS-58, also flew a long-duration spaceflight on the Mir space station [29]
Bridges, Jr., Roy D.Roy D. Bridges, Jr. 1965 Major General; Pilot of STS-51-F; Director of the Kennedy Space Center (1997–2003) and Director of Langley Research Center (2003–2005) [30]
Casper, JohnJohn Casper 1966 Pilot of STS-36; Commanded STS-54, STS-62 and STS-77 [31]
Grabe, Ronald J.Ronald J. Grabe 1966 Pilot of STS-51-J and STS-30; Commanded STS-42 and STS-57 [32]
Veach, Charles L.Charles L. Veach 1966 Mission Specialist on STS-39 and STS-52 [33]
Shriver, LorenLoren Shriver 1967 Pilot of STS-51-C; Commanded STS-31 and STS-46 [34]
Covey, Richard O.Richard O. Covey 1968 Pilot of STS-51-I and STS-26; Commanded STS-38 and STS-61 [35]
Gardner, GuyGuy Gardner 1969 Pilot of STS-27 and STS-35 [36]
Payton, GaryGary Payton 1971 Payload Specialist on STS-51-C [37]
Gutierrez, Sidney M.Sidney M. Gutierrez 1973 Pilot of STS-40 and commanded STS-59 [38]
Hammond, L. BlaineL. Blaine Hammond 1973 Pilot of STS-39 and STS-64 [39]
Henricks, Terence T.Terence T. Henricks 1974 Pilot of STS-44 and STS-55; Commanded STS-70 and STS-78 [40]
Lee, Mark C.Mark C. Lee 1974 Mission Specialist on STS-30, STS-64 and STS-82; Payload Commander of STS-47 [41]
McMonagle, Donald R.Donald R. McMonagle 1974 Mission Specialist on STS-39, Pilot of STS-54 and Commanded STS-66 [42]
Pailes, William A.William A. Pailes 1974 Payload Specialist on STS-51-J [43]
Sega, Ronald M.Ronald M. Sega 1974 Major General; Mission Specialist on STS-60 and STS-76; Former Undersecretary of the United States Air Force [44]
Duffy, BrianBrian Duffy 1975 Pilot of STS-45 and STS-57; Commanded STS-72 and STS-92 [45]
Chilton, Kevin P.Kevin P. Chilton 1976 General - only astronaut to reach 4-star rank; Pilot of STS-49 and STS-59; Commanded STS-76; Currently the Commander of United States Strategic Command [46]
Jones, Thomas D.Thomas D. Jones 1977 Mission Specialist on STS-59, STS-80 and STS-98; Payload Commander on STS-68 [47]
Precourt, Charles J.Charles J. Precourt 1977 Mission Specialist on STS-55; Pilot of STS-71; Commanded STS-84 and STS-91 [48]
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown 1978 Pilot of STS-47, STS-66 and STS-77; Commanded STS-85, STS-95 and STS-103 [49]
Halsell, James D.James D. Halsell 1978 Pilot of STS-65 and STS-74; Commanded STS-83, STS-94 and STS-101 [50]
Kregel, Kevin R.Kevin R. Kregel 1978 Pilot of STS-70 and STS-78; Commanded STS-87 and STS-99 [51]
Searfoss, Richard A.Richard A. Searfoss 1978 Pilot of STS-58 and STS-76; Commanded STS-90 [52]
Gregory, William G.William G. Gregory 1979 Pilot of STS-67 [53]
Helms, Susan J.Susan J. Helms 1980 Lieutenant General; Mission Specialist on STS-54, STS-64, STS-78 and STS-101; Flight Engineer of International Space Station Expedition 2 [54]
Bloomfield, Michael J.Michael J. Bloomfield 1981 Pilot of STS-86 and STS-97; Commanded STS-110 [55]
Lindsey, Steven W.Steven W. Lindsey 1982 Pilot of STS-87 and STS-95; Commanded STS-104, STS-121 and STS-133 [56]
Drew, B. AlvinB. Alvin Drew 1984 Mission Specialist on STS-118 and STS-133 [57]
Johnson, Gregory H.Gregory H. Johnson 1984 Pilot of STS-123, pilot of STS-134 [58]
Kelly, James M.James M. Kelly 1986 Pilot of STS-102 and STS-114 [59]
Boe, Eric A.Eric A. Boe 1987 Pilot of STS-126 and STS-133 [60]
Virts, Terry W.Terry W. Virts 1989 Pilot of STS-130 [61]
Dutton, JamesJames Dutton 1991 Pilot of STS-131 [62]
Lindgren, KjellKjell Lindgren 1995 Selected in 2009 [63]
Fischer, JackJack Fischer 1996 Selected in 2009 [64]
Frederick Gregory
Sidney Gutierrez
Mark Lee
Susan Helms
B. Alvin Drew
James Kelly

Athletes[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Babers, AlonzoAlonzo Babers 1983 Winner of two gold medals (400m and 4×400m relay) at the 1984 Summer Olympics; Boeing 777 pilot for United Airlines [65]
Calhoun, TroyTroy Calhoun 1989 Head coach of the Air Force football team (2006–); former offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans (2006) [66]
Cole, LarryLarry Cole DNG Played for the Dallas Cowboys [67]
Fisher, BryceBryce Fisher 1999 Played for Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans [68]
Garland, BenBen Garland 2010 NFL Defensive End for the Denver Broncos 2010-2012. Offensive Guard 2012-Present. Personal hero is Ret. Col. Hugh Garland. [67]
George, RonRon George DNG Played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs [69]
Hall, ChadChad Hall 2008 NFL Wide Receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles 2010-2012; Wide Receiver for San Francisco 49ers 2012-Present [70]
Hennings, ChadChad Hennings 1988 A-10 Thunderbolt pilot; Winner of the Outland Trophy; Football player for NFL's Dallas Cowboys (1992–2001); earned three Super Bowl rings; 2006 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame [71]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich 1970 Head coach (1997–) of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) San Antonio Spurs who led the team to NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007; NBA Coach of the Year Award for the 2002–2003 season [72]
Roy, WilliamWilliam Roy 1981 Former U.S. Olympian and world champion in skeet shooting; Captain of 1996 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team; Professor of English at United States Air Force Academy; Boeing 747 pilot for United Airlines. [73]
Salvemini, LenLen Salvemini 1975 1972 Third Team and 1974 Second Team All American soccer player. Holds Falcon career goals and points records. Played for 1976 U.S. Olympic Soccer Team. Played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League. [74]
Spetman, Randall W.Randall W. Spetman 1976 Athletic Director at Florida State University (2008–); former Athletic Director at the Academy (1996–2003) and Utah State University (2004–2008) [75]
Alonzo Babers (with baton)

Businesspeople[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
McArtor, T. AllenT. Allen McArtor 1964 Senior manager FedEx (1979–1987, 1989–1994); administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (1987–1989); former CEO, Legend Airlines; current chair, Airbus, North American Holdings [76]
Schlosberg, Richard T.Richard T. Schlosberg 1965 Former president and CEO of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation; former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times; Vietnam War veteran [77]
Thomas, Robert J.Robert J. Thomas 1967 Former president and CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation USA. [78]
Stealey, J.W. "Wild Bill"J.W. "Wild Bill" Stealey 1970 CEO of iEntertainment Network; founder of MicroProse Software and Interactive Magic [79]
Booch, GradyGrady Booch 1977 Developer of the Unified Modeling Language and the Booch method in software engineering [80]
Phillips Jr., Charles E.Charles E. Phillips Jr. 1981 President of the Oracle Corporation; served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps after graduation from the Academy [81]
Garcia, Charles PatrickCharles Patrick Garcia 1983 President of Sterling Hispanic Markets Capital Group [82]
Bolton, Hugh K.Hugh K. Bolton 1981 President & CEO of the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center [83]
Kirby, ScottScott Kirby 1989 President of US Airways [84]
Grady Booch


Civilian aviation[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Sullenberger, ChesleyChesley Sullenberger 1973 Captain who safely ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River [85]
Homer, LeRoyLeRoy Homer 1987 Co-pilot of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 [86]
Jones, Charles EdwardCharles Edward Jones 1974 Passenger on American Flight 11, flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 [87]
Chesley Sullenberger

Government[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Johnson, Hansford T.Hansford T. Johnson 1959 General; first graduate to be promoted to the rank of four-star General (on October 01, 1989); Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment (2001–2005); Acting Secretary of the Navy (2003); pilot; Vietnam War veteran [88]
McArtor, T. AllenT. Allen McArtor 1964 Senior manager FedEx (1979–1987, 1989–1994); administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (1987–1989); former CEO, Legend Airlines; current chair, Airbus, North American Holdings [76]
Burkett, F. MichaelF. Michael Burkett 1970 Assistant Minority Leader of the Idaho State Senate (1989–1992, 2002–2008) [89]
Reed, ChuckChuck Reed 1970 Mayor of San Jose, California (2007–); graduated first in his class and scored the maximum on the Physical Readiness Test; his daughter Kim Reed-Campbell was also first in her Academy class [90][91]
Grappo, Gary A.Gary A. Grappo 1972 United States Ambassador to Oman (2006–); career Foreign Service Officer [92]
Thompson, William "T"William "T" Thompson 1973 Commissioner, Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, Boston, MA (1983-2000). Commissioner, Governor’s Minority Business Commission (1987-1990). President and CEO, the Summit Group Companies, (1981-2008), President and CEO, Association of Graduates, United States Air Force Academy, (2008-), Colorado Aeronautical Board (2012-). [93]
Inglis, John C.John C. Inglis 1976 Brigadier General; Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (2006–) [94]
Manson, CraigCraig Manson 1976 U.S. Assistant Secretary of Interior 2002-05; California State Superior Court Judge 1998-2002; Professor of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 2006-09. [95]
McLaughlin, Joseph R.Joseph R. McLaughlin 1976 Commissioned into the United States Army; infantry platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. Republican member of the Onslow County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners, Candidate for U.S. Congress challenging incumbent Walter B. Jones, Jr. for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 3rd congressional district in 2008. [96]
Weinstein, Michael L. "Mikey"Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein 1977 Legal counsel to the Reagan White House; Committee Management Officer of the Iran-Contra Investigation while Assistant General Counsel of The White House Office of Administration; founder and president of the four-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). [97]
Mulligan, GeoffGeoff Mulligan 1979 Presidential Innovation Fellow serving the OSTP and NIST on Cyber-Physical Systems and co-developer of the SmartAmerica Challenge. [98]
Gary Grappo
John Inglis
William 'T' Thompson

Legislators[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Brown, CharlesCharles Brown 1972 Lt. Colonel; Democratic candidate for Congress in California; during the Vietnam War he flew rescue helicopter missions in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia and participated in the evacuations of Saigon, Phnom Penh, and the Mayagüez incident, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross [99]
Lambert, KentKent Lambert 1974 Colonel; Colorado State Representative (2007–) [92]
Fong, Matthew K.Matthew K. Fong 1975 Former Chair of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation advisory committee; Treasurer of the State of California (1995–1999); Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the State of California in 1998 [100]
Jones, DarylDaryl Jones 1977 Florida State Representative (1990–1992); Florida State Senator (1992–2002); Florida gubernatorial candidate (2002); unsuccessful nominee for Secretary of the Air Force (1998) [101]
Robinson, VernonVernon Robinson 1977 Former Winston-Salem, North Carolina City Council member and Republican candidate for congress in North Carolina [102]
Ross, CharlieCharlie Ross 1978 Fighter pilot; Mississippi State Representative (1997–1998); Mississippi State Senator (1998–2007) [103]
Wilson, HeatherHeather Wilson 1982 Rhodes Scholar; U.S. Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional district (1998–2009); first graduate elected to the United States Congress [17]
Englin, David L.David L. Englin 1996 Virginia House of Delegates (2006–) [104]
Ball, Gregory R.Gregory R. Ball 2001 New York State Assemblyman (2007–) [104]
Kent Lambert
Heather Wilson

Literary figures[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Beason, DougDoug Beason 1977 Science fiction novelist; Ph.D in physics [105]
Grant, SusanSusan Grant 1982 New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels; pilot instructor; B-747-400 pilot, United Airlines [106]
Robb, JohnJohn Robb 1984 Author of Brave New War; Fourth Generation War theorist [107]

Military figures[edit]

Air Force Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Loh, John M.John M. Loh 1960 General; Commander, Tactical Air Command; Commander, Air Combat Command, Vice Chief of Staff, and Acting Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1990–1991, acting); fighter pilot [108]
Fogleman, Ronald R.Ronald R. Fogleman 1963 General; first graduate to serve as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (1994–1997); fighter pilot; Vietnam War veteran [109]
Ryan, Michael E.Michael E. Ryan 1965 General; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (1997–2001); Distinguished Flying Cross recipient for aerial combat in Vietnam; father John Dale Ryan also served as Chief of Staff (1969–1973) and was a bomber pilot in World War II [110]
Schwartz, Norton A.Norton A. Schwartz 1973 General; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (2008–2012); C-130/Helicopter pilot [111]
Welsh III, Mark A.Mark A. Welsh III 1976 General; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (2012–); A-10, F-16 pilot [112]
Ron Fogleman

Air Force Vice Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Carns, Michael P.C.Michael P.C. Carns 1959 General; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1991–1994); fighter pilot; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient for aerial combat in Vietnam [113]
Loh, John M.John M. Loh 1960 General; Commander, Tactical Air Command; Commander, Air Combat Command; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Acting Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (1990–1991, acting); fighter pilot [108]
Eberhart, RalphRalph Eberhart 1968 General; Commander, United States Space Command; Commander, United States Northern Command; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (1997–1999); Distinguished Flying Cross recipient; combat veteran of Vietnam and Gulf War [114]
McNabb, Duncan J.Duncan J. McNabb 1974 General; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force (2008–2011) [115]
Ralph Eberhart

Commanders of major commands[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Oaks, Robert C.Robert C. Oaks 1959 General; Commander, Air Training Command; Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe; fighter pilot [116]
Yates, Ronald W.Ronald W. Yates 1960 General; Commander, Air Force Materiel Command; Commander, Air Force Systems Command; test pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [117]
Butler, George LeeGeorge Lee Butler 1961 General; Commander, United States Strategic Command; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient; fighter and bomber pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [118]
Hawley, Richard E.Richard E. Hawley 1964 General; Commander, Air Combat Command; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient (three); combat veteran of Vietnam War [119]
Lorber, John G.John G. Lorber 1964 General; Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient (two); fighter pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [120]
Estes III, Howell M.Howell M. Estes III 1965 General; Commander, United States Space Command; Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command; Commander, Air Force Space Command; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient (two); fighter pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [121]
Begert, William J.William J. Begert 1968 General; Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient (two); pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [122]
Holland, Charles R.Charles R. Holland 1968 General; Commander, United States Special Operations Command; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient; AC-130 gunship pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [123]
Robertson, Charles T.Charles T. Robertson 1968 General; Commander, United States Transportation Command; Commander, Air Mobility Command; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient (two); AC-130 gunship, bomber, and tanker pilot; combat veteran of Vietnam War [124]
Looney III, William R.William R. Looney III 1972 General; Commander, Air Education and Training Command; pilot; combat veteran of Operation Southern Watch [125]
Corley, John D. W.John D. W. Corley 1973 General; Commander, Air Combat Command; fighter pilot [126]
Klotz, FrankFrank Klotz 1973 Lieutenant General; Rhodes scholar; Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command; missileer [13]
Lorenz, Stephen R.Stephen R. Lorenz 1973 General; Commander, Air Education and Training Command; pilot [127]
Chandler, CarrolCarrol Chandler 1974 General; Commander, Pacific Air Forces; fighter pilot [128]
Hoffman, Donald J.Donald J. Hoffman 1974 General; Commander, Air Force Materiel Command; fighter pilot [129]
Fraser, Douglas M.Douglas M. Fraser 1975 General; Commander, United States Southern Command; fighter pilot [130]
Robert Oaks
Charles Holland
Stephen Lorenz

Notable Vietnam War combatants[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Apodaca, Jr, Victor JoeVictor Joe Apodaca, Jr 1961 Major; first Native American (Navajo) graduate of the United States Air Force Academy; Vietnam War Aircraft Commander, F-4C fighter pilot; Shot down over North Vietnam on June 8th, 1967, listed as Missing in Action (MIA); Remains returned 2001 [131][132][133]
Ulm, James P.James P. Ulm 1961 Brigadier General; commander of the 8th Flying Training Squadron and 14th Flying Training Wing [134]
Ritchie, Richard StephenRichard Stephen Ritchie 1964 Brigadier General; Vietnam War pilot flying ace; Air Force Cross recipient [135]
Tornow, Robin G.Robin G. Tornow 1964 Brigadier General; commander of the 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron; commander of the 405th Tactical Training Wing; commander of the United States Air Force Southern Air Division; Commandant of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps; recipient of the Silver Star and Legion of Merit [136]
Sijan, LanceLance Sijan 1965 Captain; Prisoner of war during the Vietnam War; fighter pilot; first graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor; the Air Force Lance P. Sijan Award for leadership in one's career and personal life is named in his honor [137]
Kehoe, NicholasNicholas Kehoe 1966 Lieutenant General; fighter pilot during the Vietnam War; Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Assistant Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); President and CEO of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (2003–) [138]
Feinstein, JeffreyJeffrey Feinstein 1968 Colonel; Vietnam War weapons systems officer flying ace [139]
Blassie, MichaelMichael Blassie 1970 First Lieutenant; A-37B Dragonfly attack aircraft pilot; prior to identification of his remains, Blassie was the Unknown service member from the Vietnam War laid to rest at the Tomb of the Unknowns (1984–1998) [140]
Vic Apodaca
Lance Sijan
Michael Blassie

Notable Gulf War combatants[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Caruana, Patrick P.Patrick P. Caruana 1963 Lieutenant General; commander of the 14th Air Force; Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command [141]
Warden III, John A.John A. Warden III 1965 Colonel; noted air power theorist; Air Force Distinguished Service Medal recipient [142]
Baldwin, Charles C.Charles C. Baldwin 1969 Major General; Chief of Chaplains [143]
Nichols, John F.John F. Nichols 1979 Brigadier General; Commander of the Texas Air National Guard [144]
Brandon, BrentBrent Brandon 1984 Captain; EF-111 pilot who downed an Iraqi F-1EQ in an air-to-air engagement on the first day of Operation Desert Storm; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient for aerial combat during the Gulf War [145]

Notable War on Terror combatants[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Alston, C. DonaldC. Donald Alston 1978 Major General; commander of the 12th Missile Squadron, 341st Operations Group, 341st Space Wing and Twentieth Air Force [146]
McSally, MarthaMartha McSally 1988 Colonel; first American woman to fly in combat since the lifting of the 1991 prohibition of women in combat; veteran of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom [147]
Reed-Campbell, KimKim Reed-Campbell 1997 Major; graduated first in her class, as did her father Chuck Reed; Distinguished Flying Cross recipient for aerial combat during the Iraq War [90][91][148]
Argel, DerekDerek Argel 2001 Captain; member of Air Force Special Tactics Unit, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, killed in aircraft crash outside of Kirkuk, Iraq, posthumously awarded Bronze Star [149]
Fresques, JeremyJeremy Fresques 2001 Captain; member of Air Force Special Tactics Unit, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, killed in aircraft crash outside of Kirkuk, Iraq, posthumously awarded Bronze Star [150]
Schulte, Roslyn L.Roslyn L. Schulte 2006 First Lieutenant; first female academy graduate killed by enemy combatants in War on Terror in Afghanistan. Awarded the National Intelligence Medal for Valor [151]
Luttrell, BlakeBlake Luttrell 2007 Captain; member of Air Force Special Tactics Unit, veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, called in AH-60 and B-1 airstrikes, aggressively engaged the enemy, and provided life saving medical treatment while under heavy, accurate enemy fire. Awarded the Silver Star [152]

Other notable military graduates[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Malachowski, NicoleNicole Malachowski 1996 Lieutenant Colonel; first woman to serve as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds [153]
Kimbrell, Shawna RochelleShawna Rochelle Kimbrell 1998 Major; first African-American woman to serve as a combat pilot [154]
Wolfenbarger, Janet C.Janet C. Wolfenbarger 1980 General; as of June 5, 2012, highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Air Force [155]
Bush, Charles V.Charles V. Bush 1963 Officer; first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy [156]
Carlton, Jr., Paul K.Paul K. Carlton, Jr. 1969 Lieutenant General; Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force; recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal; son of General Paul K. Carlton [157]
Baldwin, Charles C.Charles C. Baldwin 1969 Major General; Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Force; Pilot; recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak leaf cluster [143]
Hammond, Scott A.Scott A. Hammond 1975 Major General; Commander and Chief of Staff of the Georgia Air National Guard [158]

Television figures[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Monahan, KeithKeith Monahan 1984 Chief Meteorologist at KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Recognized by the Texas Associated Press in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 and by the Houston Press Club in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during 2005 awarded an Emmy by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. [159]
Lehmkuhl, ReichenReichen Lehmkuhl 1996 Winner of the reality game show The Amazing Race 4; model, author, and actor; ex-boyfriend of former 'N Sync member Lance Bass His autobiography, Here's What We'll Say, details his time in the Academy and as a commissioned officer in the Air Force under the military's so-called "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. [160]

Non-graduates[edit]

As these alumni did not graduate, their class year is listed as "NA" for 'not applicable' and they are listed alphabetically by last name.
Name Class year Notability References
Billick, BrianBrian Billick NA Head coach of the NFL Baltimore Ravens (1999–2007) [161]
Chapin, HarryHarry Chapin NA Singer [162][163]
Cole, LarryLarry Cole NA NFL football player for the Dallas Cowboys (1968–1980); earned two Super Bowl rings [68]
Dubie, BrianBrian Dubie NA Pilot; Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (2003–) [164]
Gambaro, DerioDerio Gambaro NA Missouri House of Representatives member (1999–2003) [165]
Gilyard, ClarenceClarence Gilyard NA Actor; Associate Professor in the College of Fine Arts Department of Theatre at the University of Nevada Las Vegas [166]
Gonzales, AlbertoAlberto Gonzales NA Attorney General of the United States (2005–2007), professor at Texas Tech University (2009- ) [167]
Hoover, StevinStevin Hoover NA author [168]
O'Keeffe, MilesMiles O'Keeffe NA television and movie actor [169]
Olsen, JustinJustin Olsen NA Olympic Gold Medalist (2010) and World Champion (2009) in Four-Man Bobsled [170]
Powell, JodyJody Powell 1964 White House press secretary for President Jimmy Carter; expelled from the Academy during his senior year for cheating [171]
Schlegel, AnthonyAnthony Schlegel NA Football player with the NFL's New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals (2006–2007) [172]
Walker, JamilJamil Walker NA Major League Soccer player (2003–2007); 2003 MLS Cup champion. [173]
Wasson, DanielDaniel Wasson NA Major League Soccer player. [174]
Harry Chapin
Alberto Gonzales

Faculty[edit]

These faculty are not graduates, consequently their class year is listed as "NA" for 'not applicable' and they are listed alphabetically by last name.
Name Class year Notability References
McDermott, Robert F.Robert F. McDermott NA World War II fighter pilot; executive of United Services Automobile Association (USAA); on the Academy's first teaching staff and became permanent dean of faculty [175]
Posvar, Wesley W.Wesley W. Posvar NA Permanent Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, USAFA, 1957-67, and Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, 1967-91. [176]
Hurley, Alfred F.Alfred F. Hurley NA Permanent Professor and Head, Department of History, USAFA, 1972-82, and President of the University of North Texas, 1982-2002. [177]

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