Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

Dr. Roger (Rog) B. Dunn, DM/IST



1959: Golden High School, Golden, Colorado
1959-1960: Athletic Scholarship to Brigham Young University
1964: BS - Engineering Sciences, USAF Academy
1974: MS - Engineering Administration (AFIT Research and Development Management), Southern Methodist University
2010 – Doctor of Management, Organizational Leadership (with Emphasis on Information Systems and Technology)

My Life Leading to the Academy

Flying airplanes was in my heart from the time I was five years old when I experienced my first flight in a light aircraft with my dad. Many aviation toys later - I graduated from Golden High School, Golden, Colorado, and entered the U.S. Air Force Academy. Lettering in football, gymnastics, and track represented the logical balance between fun and academics. Pilot training at Webb AFB, Big Springs, Texas, followed graduation - and soon I began to fulfill my childhood dreams. I was in Class 66B at Webb AFB.

US Air Force

Vietnam War & Instructor Pilot

As a first assignment out of pilot training I served a tour as a C-130 pilot operating out of Naha Airbase, Okinawa, flying many missions into Vietnam. Within a year I volunteered for a direct Vietnam assignment and was checked out as a fighter pilot in the F-100 at Luke AFB, Arizona. I chose to serve in Vietnam as a forward air controller, flying the O-1 Bird Dog and O-2 Skymaster. As a FAC I directed bomb strikes within 30 feet of friendly troops while flying an unarmed light aircraft. The job required quick, sound judgment under fire. I Flew a total of 808 combat missions. I received the Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 oak leaf clusters, and a Bronze Star (among others).

Returning from Vietnam I instructed in the O-2 and OV-10A at Hurlburt Field, FL. In 1970 I moved to the test and engineering world at the Tactical Air Warfare Center, Command and Control Directorate, Eglin AFB, FL – still flying the OV-10A as instructor, functional check flight (FCF) pilot, and systems test pilot. At Eglin AFB I also flew missions in the F-4, and T-33.

A -10 System Program Office (SPO) – and Paint

After turning down an assignment to the USAF Test Pilot School at Nellis AFB, I chose to focus instead on my academics and engineering credentials. I completed my Masters Degree at SMU through the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and was immediately assigned to the A-10 System Program Office (SPO) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Test Operations. I helped design and test the A-10 Aircraft (Wart-Hog). I managed the testing of the A-10 GAU-8 gun system, avionics, engine/airframe compatibility, lead-the-force operations, and survivability. With help from my A-10 survivability test team we developed the current combat paint system (called MASK-10A) used today on almost all U.S. combat aircraft and many ground systems. The unique paint system helps protect aircraft and ground vehicles from vulnerability to infrared heat seeking missiles and sensors, and also provides reduced vulnerability to visual acquisition. The F-22 represents an excellent example of the paint scheme developed by my A-10 SPO team. The A-10 photo shows the A-10 paint scheme, complete with the deceptive silhouette of the aircraft canopy on the bottom of the aircraft nose (a result of testing at Nellis AFB).

Korea & TAC Fighter Squadrons

With my family growing rapidly and my next mandatory remote overseas assignment looming, I decided to leave the marvelous world of test and development and take an assignment to OSAN, Korea, flying the OV-10A. After returning from Korea I accepted an assignment as the Air Force Flight Operations Officer and Airport Manager at the Syracuse, New York Airport flying the T-33. Very shortly after I began my Syracuse Airport job I succeeded in being assigned to the F-49th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-106), at Rome, New York. I served as flight commander and mobility officer, guiding the squadron to an “Outstanding” mobility ORI-a first for the former Fighter Interceptor Squadron. After two years I was re-assigned to the 84th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (F-106 detachment) at Castle AFB, CA, to serve as the Chief of Safety. While at the 84th I elected to retire from the Air Force after 20 years to pursue my career as a research and development engineer.

Civilian Life – after US Air Force

Chief Engineer and the Mollar Skycar

I landed an engineering job with GE Aircraft Engines Company in Cincinnati, Ohio after retirement. At GE Aircraft Engines I served as the Requirements Manager for the Low Observables Design Department. In the capacity as a Chief Engineer, I helped lead design teams in building engines for the F-22, F-35, and V-22 Tiltrotor (Osprey). I helped convince the Egyptian government to buy $700M worth of GE F110 engines for their F-16 fleet-finally earning my pay! After five years at GE I left to participate in the exciting development of the Mollar Skycar, in Davis, CA. I consulted, promoted, marketed, and raised capital for the Mollar International Company and learned much about the progress of vertical takeoff of landing aircraft for public, military, and para-military use. [There is an entire story to tell for this one!]

Career at HP and PHD

After a short, but unsuccessful venture into a start-up company selling cellular telephones I re-directed my career into information systems and technology. After the Y2K scare in 2000 I began working as a business manager for the Hewlett-Packard Company in Roseville, CA. During my career at HP I completed my Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership, with emphasis on Information Systems and Technology (DM/IST). After 11 years I retired from the Hewlett-Packard Company and re-launched my career in academia by continuing to teach for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and conducting research related to the implications of science, technology, and social media on freedom and prosperity. Professor and AUDEM

The only real retirement I understand is when I am lying in a pine box! So I work by continuing to teach for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, School of Business. I joined years ago with the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM), an organization dedicated to assist universities from former communist countries to move to their new socially responsible and proactive roles in democratic societies. Today, AUDEM includes the integration of universities at competitive levels into world academic and economic communities. Last year my wife and I traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina where I presented two doctoral papers at the AUDEM conference relating to the influence of technology and aviation on international freedom. We travel again this year to Macedonia for the 25th annual AUDEM Conference.

California Capital Airshow and Civil Air Patrol

During 2013 I served on the Board of Directors for the California Capital Airshow and directed the development of a new teen-oriented "Space and Aviation Launch Pad" pavilion aimed at encouraging teens to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The new Launch Pad was a significant success, so much so that our sponsor, Aerojet Rocketdyne, bought the concept, name, and logo and plan to share the Launch Pad idea around the country. To make sure I never retire, I actively serve and fly for the USAF Civil Air Patrol, and currently function as the Aerospace Education Officer for the awarded largest and best composite squadron in California (Squadron 14).

My Love of Life & Family

My wife, Linda, and I treasure our many children and grandchildren and focus our love and commitment toward them in every way we can. Linda has been an honored elementary school teacher, and now is a most honored mother and grandmother. We happily live in Elk Grove, CA, near some of our children and our siblings. The inspiration of my youth to fly airplanes has become a reality beginning with USAFA, and remains my on-going career love. My interests in being a research and development manager and engineer have been fulfilled. My love for serving my God, my family, my community neighbors, our nation, and the world continues as my life's passion and dedication. I shall never retire!
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