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  • Kathy Cosand

    At age seven, Kathy Cosand witnessed Astronaut John Glenn launch into space, and from that point she knew she wanted to be a pilot.  In 1976, the Air Force announced it would open pilot training to women, starting with 20 participants. She was selected to fill the sole Reservist slot from that initial group. The following year, Cosand and nine
  • Charlie Simpson

    Charlie Simpson was commissioned as an Air Force second lieutenant in November 1959 and retired as a colonel in August 1989 after nearly 30 years of service. Simpson initially served as an aircraft maintenance officer and transitioned to intercontinental ballistic missile duty 18 months later. "The threat we faced as a nation was very real back
  • Paul Edward Mootz

    Paul Edward Mootz had a distinguished 30-year military career from 1959 to 1989. He initially trained as a medical corpsman at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Seven years later, he commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps as a 1st lieutenant. He transferred his commission to the Air Force in 1970 after serving in Germany. In the same year, he began training
  • Jonathan Klein

    Capt. (Separated) Jonathan Klein earned his commission from the Air Force Academy and became a nuclear and missile operations officer. He served 242 days on alert with the 742nd Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. After Klein separated from the Air Force, he opened his own restaurant. As a nuclear missile combat crew member,
  • Dr. Yardley Hunter

    Dr. Yardley Hunter joined the Air Force on Aug. 22, 1975. At the time, she was one of only three women to graduate with an Air Force commission from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her graduation from Air Traffic Control school in December 1975 coincided with the integration of women at the Air Force Academy, and she was selected to
  • Ryan Daniel

    Staff Sgt. (Separated) Ryan Daniel enlisted in the Air Force in 1996, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He first served as a munitions systems technician and later became a Tops in Blue performer where he toured 20 countries and entertained more than 250,000 military members and civilians. Daniel served 10 years before
  • Tony Bevacqua

    Tony Bevacqua joined the Air Force Feb. 29, 1952, with the dream of becoming a pilot. During Bevacqua’s career, he flew a variety of aircraft but spent the majority of his service flying the U-2 and the SR-71. In 1957, he became the 55th person to solo pilot the U-2. In his nine years flying the U-2, he amassed 1,904 hours and flew missions over
  • Aubrey Trufant

    Senior Airman (Sep.) Aubrey Trufant grew up in Germany, Turkey and Texas as a military brat. In 1999, he graduated from Central High School in San Angelo, Texas, and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the Air Force. Trufant enlisted July 20, 1999, as a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician. His
  • James Stuart

    Master Sgt. (Ret.) James Stuart spent 20 years in the Air Force from February 1961 to November 1981. After basic military training, Stuart went to technical school to become a ground communications radio technician. During his career Stuart served two tours in Vietnam at Bien Hoa Air Base. There, Stuart worked on the communications systems of
  • Robert Stillwell

    Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Robert Stillwell joined the Air Force in 1968 during the Vietnam War instead of waiting to be drafted, and served as a member of the security police. After three-and-a-half years as a security policeman, Stillwell was given a chance to pursue his childhood dream of being an illustrator. "I knew my whole life that I wanted
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