Civilian Stuff: Trial lawyer, now retired.
Running: Since forever. Freshman Cross Country and Track at USAFA. Multiple 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon races along with several team relays. Love running to this day - such an efficient form of exercise. Ran the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon on my 65th and 70th birthdays and finished 3rd each time in my age group. Just proves that if you keep running long enough, you can medal. And best of all, now a USAFA Class of 1970 Winded Warrior.
Cancer: Boy has the Big C hit close to home too many times! Mother, father, brother(survivor) and wife (survivor), not to mention friends sadly too numerous to count. Let’s find a way to finish cancer.
A great time with my doolie 14 squadron mates at our 45th reunion. General Jim McCarthy in the middle was our AOC! I'm lurking in the back. [The lingo: "doolie" is from the Greek word for slave and applied to first-year, that is "Fourth Class" cadets. AOC means "Air Officer Commanding" and is the commissioned officer who oversees each squadron (usually an Air Force Captain or Major).
CIVILIAN STUFF: Radial Keratotomy (RK) corrected vision to 20/20 in 1978. Pilot Experience/Ratings: FAA commercial pilot, instrument rated, single engine land and sea, multiengine land, glider; Certified Flight Instructor, CFII, CFMEI, airplane single and multiengine instrument; Remote Pilot (drones -- small Unmanned Aircraft Systems); Attorney – Washington and Alaska; represented aviation clients in litigation arising out of more than 100 aircraft (fixed wing and helicopter) accidents throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, the Bahamas, Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Maldives, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and on the High Seas; Certified Public Accountant – Washington.
RUNNING: 15 marathons (two Boston Marathons) – 15th marathon on July 4, 2018.
CANCER: I hate cancer. My mother and father died fighting the good fight -- but that was over 25 years ago, and the progress that has been made in treating cancers since then has been remarkable. Both my wife and I are fortunate -- we have survived cancers due to the past generosity of others in developing treatments for cancer. I have survived three types of cancers, resulting in four surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments -- each time giving me a new lease on life. But the war on cancer is not over, not by a long shot. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make the physical effort to get into shape to join my classmates on this quest if our efforts encourage our friends to contribute to Providence Cancer Institute so that it may continue its research to develop cures for the many types of cancer.
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CADET SQUADRONS: 8 and 9
ROLE MODEL: USAFA, Class of ’70 – honored to be counted a member of this great class
CIVILIAN STUFF: Corporate Guy from ’78-’86; Serial Entrepreneur for the rest of my life – SSDS – KWI – Qlinks – TSS – current venture is acQyrWallet – the next big thing for online/mobile gamers!
SUPER POWER: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9
RUNNING: Used to be a decent distance runner – 5:13 mile; 45-50 minute 10ks. Now, I am training for the HTC, with dreams of what used to be and the reality of a 70 year old body.
CANCER: I have too many family members and friends who have lost their lives to cancer or been impacted by it. On a very personal level, my wife, Debbie, is a cancer survivor from a rare form of cancer – bile duct cancer. To learn more, read WHY HTC below.
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Role Model: Winston Churchill.
Civilian Stuff: Found my way to Global Logistics Directing - Perfect.
Super Power: Do not panic!
Running: 12 Marathons, including Boston.
Cancer: Must be stopped. I lost my younger brother and my Mom to this cruel disease. Let’s end it now!
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Running: Aways a casual fitness runner, a couple of 5ks and a 10k years ago.
Cancer: My mother died from melanoma when she was 40 and I was 14, two close friends currently with stage 4.
Cadet Squadrons: 17, 8 and 33
Role Models: My Dad, Elva Hampshire (math teacher), Gus Grissom, Cong. Clarence J. Brown, Jr., Robert Machemer MD, Col. David Shacklett MD, my classmates in ‘70
Civilian Stuff: Professor (now Emeritus) at Houston Methodist Inst for Academic Medicine, Cornell, Baylor, USUHS. Founder, Retina and Vitreous of Texas, Founder: Texas Foundation for Eye Research, Co-Founder: Machemer Foundation (Duke), Co-Founder with Jenny: Greenon HS Foundation and Giampetro Scholarship, Founding Director: USAFA Endowment, Board: Guide Dogs of Texas and Hounds for Heroes, Founding Director: USAFA Endowment, President: CenTex Chapter of the AOG, Lifetime donor to the 100 Club (police and fire), and I Care San Antonio (also charity care there), etc.
Super Power: Awaken every morning and decide what we can make better and who we can help.
Runner: Great in HS, OK at the Academy, and a bummer until left knee is fixed in September
Cancer: Metastatic Thyroid in ’89 - the reason for retiring from the USAF; Prostate Cancer in 2013 - the reason for retiring from full-time practice. Remembering my dad and grand dad who died of cancer.
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Civilian Stuff: President, COV Inc., petroleum and natural gas
Cancer: Pray. Give. Run. Spread the word.
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Cancer: I lost a good running friend to cancer a year ago. He amazed his doctors by living far longer and with a higher quality of life than predicted by using alternative therapies that aren’t yet approved for mainstream use. We can help people like Charlie and his wonderful surviving wife by funding research to bring such promising therapies into mainstream medicine. Chelation and cancer genetic profiling, for example, were considered quackery three decades ago, but now these medically approved treatments are saving lives every day. We can do our part to bring new treatments to mainstream medicine by helping to fund cancer research. I lost my Father, one of the greatest men I’ve ever known, to cancer. Please help us end this scourge so future generations will never have to see the lives of loved ones wasting away to cancer. Please donate what you can.
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Civilian Stuff: After 5 years in the Air Force I got out and went into the Investment business. I worked at Merrill Lynch from 1975-1985, Smith Barney from 1985-2008 and finished at RBC Wealth Management from 2008-2014. I retired in 2014 and have been busier than ever.
Adventure Stuff: My wife and I love to travel (we've been in over 100 countries around the world) and I finally made my 7th continent a few years ago with a trip to Antarctica. In younger days I enjoyed hiking, and trekking, having climbed Kala Pataar in Nepal, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and 33 of the 14 thousand foot peaks in Colorado.
Running Stuff: I ran track and cross country in High School, but was not competitive at USAFA, During my 30's and 40's I ran several triathlons and 4 Marathons including New York. Now I do mostly a few 5K runs a year. Starting to train for the HTC has got me back into better shape and increased my workouts considerably.
Cancer: My wife Cathy was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma in 2005. After several attempts to get rid of it through surgery and the loss of 4 of her toes she still is at Stage 3. After much consultation with doctors and much prayer, it was decided to monitor the situation rather than do any more surgery. Please keep Cathy in your prayers that we find a cure.
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ROLE MODEL: Charles Krauthammer (courage, integrity, honesty, perseverance, kindness and civility, modest brilliance)
CIVILIAN: Asia Marketing for Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation, Associate Dean for International Programs University of Utah; Adjunct Professor (international and comparative politics) University of Utah and Weber State University.
SUPER POWER: All those who have blessed my life and without whom I would have accomplished little: parents, family, teachers, coaches, teammates, fellow cadets, mentors, friends, colleagues, all who have touched my life.
RUNNING: Life-long casual runner; two Marine Corps Marathons; occasional 5 and 10Ks throughout the world
CANCER: Sad loss of many friends way too young; brother-in-law currently battling prostate cancer. Too many decent, productive and promising lives cut short.
REAL STORY: An aging man who has lived a varied, interesting, healthy, and most fortunate life searching for ways to ensure that as many others as possible have similar opportunities.
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Running: Was actively training to run with the Team, stepped back to handle other matters, and now delighted to be stepping back "into the fray."
Active in the North Texas Association of Air Force Academy Graduates, Inc., where I am Past President and Legacy Donor. Great family, active in church, beautiful wife, two great sons! What more could a guy want?
RUNNING: Once in TOP million finishers (really!) of Marine Corps Marathon. C-3 spinal surgery now slows me down, but great respect for — and very honored to support -- USAFA70 WINDED WARRIORS!
CANCER: Good people gone WAY too soon! Just lost sister-in-law (age 65); lost mom (age 68); lost three aunts; lost youngest cousin (age 58, a top jazz artist, Dizzy Gillespie signed his trumpet in concert); and others. LET'S #FINISHCANCER!
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We had times we loved the Academy and other times we found it to be a royal PITA. But as the following video reflects, we respect today even more the values, the mutual trust and friendship, the generosity of spirit that keep us expecting great things! Please join us in expecting great things to #FINISHCANCER. Thanks!
Aspirations for Winded Warriors to #FINISHCANCER with your help — sky high
The "Winded Warriors" Team
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