President: Jason VanOverbeke ’03  Jason VanOverbeke graduated from the Academy with a degree in Foreign Area Studies. He grew up in Eagan, MN before attending the Academy. Jason spent his time in the Air Force as a Comm and Information Officer at Ellsworth AFB. He currently is a Major in the Air Force Reserves where he is a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations out of Quantico, VA. Additionally, Jason has spent his career as a project manager, mainly in the energy end engineering sectors. He currently works as a Project Manager for Electric Machinery in Minneapolis, MN. Jason holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, MN. Jason lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Holli and Yellow Lab Lincoln. He enjoys traveling, participating in triathlons and the arts.

Vice President: Chris Sedlacek ’97

Chris Sedlacek attended high school in the Washington DC area before attending the Academy.   He graduated with a degree in Legal Studies and later earned his MBA at Webster University where he graduated with honors.  After graduation from the Academy, Chris flew C-130s while stationed at various locations in the US and overseas, serving both on active duty and in the reserves.  He currently holds the rank of Colonel and serves as the 934th Operations Group Commander at the Minneapolis Air Reserve Station.  He has previously worked in a variety of roles in the Air Force and was a project manager for a civilian technology company.  Chris currently resides in Lakeville, MN, where he enjoys spending time with his four sons.  His hobbies include travel, running, and skiing.

Treasurer: Rick Knoll ’65  Colonel (retired) Rick Knoll spent 9 years in Data Automation including assignments in Thailand during the Vietnam War and then the Pentagon.  Then he trained in missiles for 14 years in Strategic Air Command, and his assignments included crew, flight, squadron, group/base, and wing commander positions, finishing as the missile wing and host commander at Grand Forks AFB, from which he retired from the AF.  He was Plant Manager for Bausch & Lomb, then National Sales Director for the School Picture Division of Josten’s, then Senior Project Director for UnitedHealth Group.  Rick is retired, helping his children become entrepreneurs, and he currently provides business management support to two of his children.  952-854-7874,

Secretary: Bob Youngquist ’72
Jun ’73 Graduate Pilot Training, Webb AFB, TX
Oct ’73 – Jun ’76 T-38 Instructor/Academic Instructor Pilot Training Vance AFB, OK
Jun ’76 – Jun ’80 B-52 Aircraft Commander/ Instructor Blytheville AFB, AR
Jun ’80 – Jun ’85 B-52 Instructor Pilot/ Academic Instructor CCTS Castle AFB, CA
Jun ’85 – Jun ’88 Test Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator Edwards AFB, CA
Jun ’88 – Jun ’90 SAC HQs Staff Position responsible for monitoring IRAD(Independent Research and Development)
Jun ’90 – Jun ’92 Bomber Team Chief/ Chief Scheduler with the On Site Inspection Agency. Responsible for Nuclear Arms Reduction of Russia, Washington, D.C.
1 Jul ’92 Retirement from the USAF
Nov ’93 – Dec ’94 Academic instructor for Northwest Airlines, Eagan, MN
Dec ’94 – Aug 2014 Pilot for Northwest /Delta Airlines , Eagan, MN DC-9 First officer/Captain and Captain A320 Airbus.
31 Aug 2014 Retirement from Delta Airlines

President Emeritus: Tom Wilson ’61  Brevet Colonel; Retired as a Lt. Colonel for family reasons. A Command Pilot with over 5,200 flying hours, including 833 combat hours in Vietnam, during which time he received the Bronze Star and Air Medal with 12 OLCs. Served as an AOC at the U. S. Air Force Academy. His final assignment was Deputy Base Commander and Logistics Squadron Commander at Duluth AFB. He was the Director of Store Development for CUB Foods until SuperValu acquired CUB, after which he worked as a Marketing Director in commercial construction and then formed his own company as a Manufacturer’s Representative. He co-founded the Stillwater Area Baseball Association and coached youth baseball for 23 years. One son (’84) and 2 grandchildren (’13) have graduated from the Air Force Academy . Another son attended (’91) but was medically discharged due to asthma. Tom has an MBA from the U. of Southern California.

Board of Directors

Tom Wilson ‘61, Term expires 2021,

Jason VanOverbeke ’03, Term expires 

Chris Sedlacek’97, Term expires 2021,

Pete Swanson ’95, Term expires 2021,

Pete Swanson grew up in Minnesota and graduated from USAFA in 1995, a class that makes many people’s “Best of USAFA” list.  Pete served as an Acquisition Officer while on active duty.  He continues to serve in the AF Reserves working as an Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) for the AF Academy Admissions Office. During the three years Pete ran the USAFA ALO team in MN as the Liaison Officer Director (LOD), USAFA handily beat both West Point and the Naval Academy for the number of Appointments from MN. In 2011, Pete helped convince a high school student from Wayzata, who was recently named the 2020 US Air Force Male Athlete of the Year, to turn down West Point and Naval Academy appointment offers to attend USAFA, so he’s got that going for him. Pete is a partner at Speece Thorson Capital Group in Minneapolis where he manages a small/mid cap value fund. Pete holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of MN. Pete has been a member of Costco for nearly twenty years. Pete and his lovely wife Angie reside in Orono where they recently welcomed their two 20-something boomerang children back under their roof. Neither child has fully embraced the Swanson family’s seven-word mission statement: “Raising productive adults living OUTSIDE our home” at this stage of their journey through life.

Zach Turcotte ‘00, Term expires 2021,
Zach grew up in Roseville and was an All-Conference heavyweight wrestler.  He flew the KC-135 in Operations Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with a permanent base at Grand Forks AFB.  He then joined the North Dakota Air National Guard and flew the Predator drone for four years.  For the past two years, Zach has been a financial advisor for AXA Advisors where he helps individuals and small businesses build, implement and maintain a financial plan which helps them achieve their financial goals.  Zach met Jessica while traveling in Europe after graduating from the U. S. Air Force Academy – they have a daughter, Zoe and a son, Liam.  He has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the U. of Minnesota.

Terry Flower ‘64, Term expires 2022,
After completing pilot training Terry instructed in the T-33 and T-38 aircraft. Following a medical retirement, he went on to get his MS and PhD degrees at the University of Wyoming. From 1979 until his retirement in 2012,  Terry was a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at St. Catherine University. He chaired the department and held the Endowed Chair in Science. He left for a year to serve as a Visiting Professor of Physics at the U. S. Air Force Academy. He owns and operates Big River Stables and is an active pilot with Minnesota Soaring Club, flying gliders and the tow plane. He is President of both the Minnesota Association of Scholars and the Twin Cities Republican Association. He was elected to three terms on the Hastings, MN School Board and represented District 16 on the Metropolitan Council. Additionally he has been inducted into the Aerospace Educators Hall of Fame.

Rick Knoll ‘65, Term expires 2022,

Bob Youngquist ‘72, Term expires 2022,

Denny Sultany ’64, Term expires 2023,

Tim Hess ’93, Term expires 2023,

Committee Chairs

Advanced Education, Terry Flower ’64

ALO Program/Diversity Recruit, Bill Fields ’99,

Bill Fields grew up in Tennessee and graduated from USAFA in ’99.  Had the great fortune/opportunity to go to pilot training in Del Rio, TX where upon graduation he flew C-21s out of Maxwell AFB in Alabama as an Evaluator Pilot.  From there Bill transitioned into the mighty C-17, which he flew out of McChord AFB in Washington as an Instructor Pilot.  During this time, the VSP was taking place and Bill was told that I would either be going to Altus or Keesler…I opted for Keesler to be near family, so once again I was flying the C-21 and training future C-21 pilots (schoolhouse assignment).  Bill had numerous trips and deployments over the years, and he and his wife ultimately decided to transition to an opportunity flying the C-21 out of Fargo, ND.  This brought family back to the MN area where his wife is from, and they have finalized our family with our capstone kid (#4).  As the Fargo unit changed missions to all UAV, I found the opportunity to transition into the ALO role here in the Twin Cities where I’ve served as an ALO, DLOD and now LOD (Liaison Officer Director).

Challenger Center, Terry Flower ’64

Congressional Liaison, Terry Flower ’64 / Charlie Nelson ’96

Financial & Budget, Rick Knoll ’65/Terry Flower ’64

Fundraising and Strategic Planning, Open

Membership, Zach Turcotte ’00

MN Parents’ Club Coordinator, Bob ’89 and Christine Hockman

Newsletter, Open

Program, Jason VanOverbeke ’03, Open

Tri-Service Employment Hub, Dan Dorson ’99,
In the Air Force, Dan flew the B-1 over Afghanistan and around Guam, taught the T-37, then the T-6 to US and Europeans at ENJJPT, and coordinated exercises for the Air Force Global Strike Command. Now working as a project manager here in the Twin Cities, Dan likes to connect with others new to the area or looking for employment. Visit for good transition tips and employment advice.


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