Nov 5, 2011 1:28 AM by Lee Douglas/USAFA
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The nine-member Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation Board of Directors has been announced by Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh. The Board of Directors has been approved by the Secretary of the Air Force based off recommendations from Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and Mueh.
The members are meeting this weekend for the first time. The purpose of the board is to assist the department of athletics in its mission of intercollegiate athletics, raising funds and providing oversight of the athletic association's newly established 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission of Air Force athletics is to build future leaders of character by providing a realistic leadership experience in a mentally and physically challenging environment.
"This is a very exciting day for Air Force athletics and our future," Mueh said. "The board of directors that we have the opportunity to work alongside is made up of industry leaders who will provide great leadership for the department as we move forward. Their leadership will be vital for us in athletics as we continue to produce future officers for our Air Force and the nation."
The board members are: Alonzo C. Babers; Eileen M. Collins; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Charles H. Coolidge, Jr.; Theo Gregory; Gen. (Ret.) John G. Lorber; Allan McArtor; Dr. Hans J. Mueh (Brig. Gen., Ret.); Dr. Harvey W. Schiller (Brig. Gen., Ret.) and Marilyn M. Thomas.
Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation Board of Directors
Alonzo C. Babers
Alonzo Babers is a 1983 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical sciences. He was a record-setting track and field athlete at the Academy but it is his post-Academy athletic career that really stands out. Babers earned the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay. He was the 1984 Southland Cooperation Sportsman of the Year and the 1984 Touchdown Club Military Athlete of the Year. Babers has continued to be involved in sports and community. He served as the military athlete representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee House of Delegates and was responsible for advising the USOC on all matters relating to military athletes while promoting policies in the interest of those athletes. Babers was a pilot for the Air Force from 1983-1991 and continues to serve as a member of the Air Force Reserves. He is currently a 777 pilot for United Airlines.
Eileen M. Collins
Colonel (Retired) Eileen Collins is a former astronaut and retired from the Air Force in 2006 after a 28-year distinguished career. A former military instructor and test pilot, she was the first female pilot and commander of a space shuttle. The Syracuse graduate, who earned her master's degree from Stanford, graduated from Air Force undergraduate pilot training from Vance Air Force Base. Collins was a C-141 aircraft commander and instructor pilot from 1983-1985 and spent the following year at the Air Force Institute of Technology. From 1986-89, Collins was assigned to the Air Force Academy as an assistant professor in mathematics and a T-41 instructor pilot. She graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School in 1990 and was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 1991. Collins piloted the space shuttle Discovery in 1995 and was also the pilot for Atlantis in 1997. She became the first woman commander of a U.S. spacecraft with shuttle mission Columbia in 1999. Her final space flight was as commander of Discovery in 2005.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Charles H. Coolidge, Jr.
Lt. Gen. (Retired) Charles Coolidge is currently vice president of Air Force Programs for EADS North America. He is responsible for EADS North America's Air Force marketing and business development activities. Coolidge had an extensive and distinguished career in the United States Air Force, retiring after 36 years of service. Prior to joining EADS North America, Coolidge served as vice commander, Headquarters Air Force materiel command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Throughout his career, he served in various operations and staff positions, including squadron commander, wing vice commander, wing commander and as director of operations and logistics. Coolidge commanded three U.S. Air Force wings and served on the staffs of four major air commands. He also served on the Joint Staff and was the Joint Staff representative to the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Standing Consultative Commission. Coolidge is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned a master's degree in physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
As associate vice president of El Pomar, Theo Gregory oversees community outreach activities on behalf of the Colorado Springs-based Foundation. He implements and manages innovative programs designed to provide direct services to Colorado communities and charitable organizations. The El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest Foundations in the Rocky Mountain region, making grants in arts and humanities, education health, human services, amateur sports, civic and community initiatives with a special emphasis on excellence in nonprofit organizations and the development of its own operating programs. Gregory also has over 20 years of experience in athletic administration serving in various positions at Ohio State, UNLV, Colorado and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
General (Ret) John G. Lorber, USAF
General John Lorber retired from the Air Force in 1997. While on active duty, he was the commander of Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he was responsible for all Air Force activities spread over half the world in a command that supported over 44,000 Air Force people serving principally in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, South Korea and Japan. The general entered the Air Force in 1964 after graduating from the Air Force Academy. He flew as a fast-moving air controller in Vietnam, has commanded a fighter squadron and wing, and was a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, primarily in fighter aircraft. After his retirement from the military, Lorber held many vice presidential duties with the Boeing Company before retiring as vice president for the Colorado Region of the Boeing Company.
Allan McArtor is chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc. He oversees the activities and strategy of Airbus in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Airbus functions in the Americas include aircraft design engineering, marketing and sales support, product and technical support, and training for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance specialists. Prior to joining Airbus, McArtor was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based out of Dallas Love Field, Texas. Prior to Legend, he served on the senior management team of Federal Express Corporation-except for two years (1987-89) when President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve as the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. McArtor is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and was Cadet Wing Commander. He was also a highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, an associate professor of engineering at the Academy, and capped his Air Force career as a pilot with the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Dr. Hans J. Mueh, BGen (Ret) USAF
Dr. Hans Mueh is currently the director of athletics of the Air Force Academy. He is responsible for the academy's extensive 27-sport athletic and physical education program. Mueh, a 1962 graduate of the Air Force Academy, served as an intelligence officer in Saigon, South Vietnam, and at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Upon his return to the United States and after being recognized as a distinguished graduate at the University of Wisconsin with a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry, he was assigned to the Academy as an associate professor in chemistry. Mueh then served at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. before returning to the Academy where was head of the department of Chemistry and vice dean of the faculty. He retired from active duty in 2004 and became the Academy's ninth director of athletics.
Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, BGen (Ret) USAF
Dr. Harvey Schiller is currently the CEO of Global Options Group, a leading provider of risk mitigation and management services to government entities, Fortune 1,000 corporations and high profile individuals worldwide. After graduating from The Citadel, Schiller served a career in the Air Force, retiring as a brigadier general after completing an assignment as the permanent professor and department head of chemistry at the Air Force Academy. Following his military career, Schiller held a number of noteworthy positions in amateur and professional athletics including the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, executive director/secretary general of the United States Olympic Committee, president of Turner Sports, and the CEO of Yankee/Nets, the parent organization of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets. Schiller currently serves as the president of the International Baseball Federation and is a member of the Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Marilyn M. Thomas
Marilyn Thomas, a member of the senior executive service, is deputy of budget, office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller, headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulation and executions totaling more than $119 billion annually. She leads a staff of civilian and military financial managers that develop, defend and execute funding that supports military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of Congress, the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force.