Welcome Jon Gruen - Quarterly Speaker Series - Rescheduled to September 4.


Location: Fred Babcock VFW 5555 6715 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield, MN 55423

Jon Gruen is the CEO and Executive Chairman of Fortem Technologies, a deep tech company that provides Artificial Intelligence enabled airspace awareness and counter drone solutions to defense, law enforcement, and commercial customers.
Previously, Jon was a corporate business development and strategy lead for Lockheed Martin where he won over $10B in program value. After which, he co-founded a defense innovation management and operations firm which scaled start-up companies to over $1.5B in combined revenue in just three years.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Gruen was a Navy SEAL Officer where he served in increasing leadership positions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He is currently a Navy Reserve Captain and has commanded Unmanned Air Systems and Technology Innovation Units.
Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and received his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California – Berkeley.


Heritage Dinner Pictures

2024 Heritage Dinner Pictures view-download link on news page

Monthly Board Meeting

VFW Post 55556715 Lake Shore Drive SouthRichfield, MN   55423Third Tuesday of each month As always, the meeting is open and all are welcome to attend.  Social hour begins at 5:00 pm (1700) and meeting starts promptly at 5:30 pm (1730).Hope to see you there!!   


Upcoming Events

2024 Parents Club Picnic July 27

The Parents Club would like to invite the AOG to their annual summer picnic. Details on events page.

Save the Date - Fall River Cruise 22 September

The River Boat Cruise has been scheduled for 22 Sept with boarding at 5 PM and departure at 5:30.  Returning between 8:30 and 9 PM. Details and Signup upcoming.

Have you checked out the monthly networking breakfasts? West-side first Friday of the month, East-side second Friday of the month. Details on events page.

Quarterly Speaker Series Jon Gruen Fortem Technologies      Postponed until September 4.

USAFA AOG Announces Membership for AllClick Here for Details


On 18 May 2011, the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates was established.   We are proud to serve the Air Force Academy graduates in the greater Twin Cities Area and have been designated as a “Distinguished Chapter by the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates in every year of our existence!

Our Mission

“To serve and support the United States of America, the United States Air Force, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military, and the graduate community by creating a business network, a support network and a social network that fosters the ideals of an enduring commitment to integrity, excellence and service to our country.

We will provide leadership, communication and support to all of the Air Force Academy graduates throughout our community as well as to military veterans.”

You are a member because you are an Air Force Academy Graduate!  We are a donations only, no dues organization. We are a 501(c)(19) veteran-only, tax-exempt organization.

Open Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings are open to all members and are held the third Tuesday evening, beginning at 5 pm with a social half-hour, followed by the meeting at 5:30 pm.  Our meetings are held at Everett McClay VFW Post 1296, 311 W 84th St, Bloomington, MN 55420.  The post is on the south side of West 84th Street, between Lyndale and Pillsbury, east of Interstate 35W and south of Interstate 494.  Please come and join us!

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Content of this web site is not an official publication of the United States Air Force Academy or the Association of Graduates. Information presented here does not represent policies of the United States Air Force or its associated organizations.


by | Dec 5, 2015

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