Col. (Ret) Pete Marty began his career as a United States Air Force Officer and retired in the rank of colonel after 26 years of distinguished service. Colonel Marty held the aeronautical ratings of Command Pilot and Navigator and accumulated over 3000 flying hours in the T-29, T-37, T-38, F-4 and F-15 aircraft. He flew 120 combat missions in Vietnam and over Iraq in Operation Southern Watch. During his service, Pete performed as a Flight Commander in the 27th Fighter Squadron and as the 1st Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander. Pete retired to Blacksburg, Virginia in 2010 after serving for 14 years as a Contract Manager at NASA Langley Research Center. After serving as the 1st Fighter Association Secretary for 12 years, Pete was elected President in September of 2015.
President Emeritus - Mike "Sailor" Frankel
Mike Frankel is a retired USAF F-15C Fighter Pilot with over 23 years of service before retiring as a Colonel. He is currently the CEO of Strategic Eagle Enterprises, LLC and President of the 1st Fighter Association. After graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1988, "Sailor" went to pilot training a Reese AFB and F-15C RTU at Luke AFB. His first of many fighter assignments was the 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB. Sailor was the youngest Lieutenant to deploy with the squadron to DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.
He went on to graduate and later instruct in the F-15C Division (433WPS/DO) USAF Weapons School before being hired to be the 19th FS/DO and later Commander of the 12th Fighter Squadron, at Elmendorf AFB, AK.
Sailor finished his career as the Wing Commander of the largest pilot training base and the 4th busiest airfield in the USAF. He was responsible for 238 aircraft valued at $1.18 Billion and responsible for the oversight of daily flying/maintenance operations, executing over 55,000 sorties and 81,500 flight hours per year, training over 410 US and allied pilots annually. He has two masters degrees, one from Air University and one from The National War College, National Defense University, in Washington DC.
Vice President - Bill "Gopher" Roege
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Secretary/Treasurer – Steve "Gresser" Gress
Steve Gress is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with nearly 23 years of active duty service. His fighter experience was in the F-15A at Langley AFB (1980-1982) and the F-15C at Bitburg AB (1988-1991). He is a decorated Desert Storm combat veteran and has over 2,400 hours of total flying time, including more than 1,000 hours as a command pilot of the F-15 and 1000 hours as an instructor pilot combined in the T-38 and T-41.
Prior to his retirement from the Air Force in 1997, Gress was Division Chief for the Air Force Legislative Liaison Weapons Division in the Pentagon and directed interface with the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. He also held other Pentagon leadership positions in advanced fighter development for the F-22, air-to-air weapons development including AMRAAM and AIM9-X, and Special Programs, where he directed advanced technology development in radar and infrared sensors.
Following the Air Force, Gress had nearly 14 years of experience with the Boeing Company, where he held multiple senior executive positions. These positions included Vice President of Strategy for Government Relations and Vice President, Business Development Air Force (AF) Systems, for Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems. In these roles, he led the senior executive interface with the AF customer on more than 50 programs to achieve more than $10 Billion in annual revenue. From 2001 to 2004, he was a member of the Boeing Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Program Management Team. While there, he was promoted to Director of GMD Staff Operations and assumed responsibility for all program staff activities including executive support, scheduling, administration processes, information technology, facilities, and security.
In September 2010 Steve departed Boeing and joined Terma North America (TNA) as Vice President of Business Development. In June 2011, he was named CEO and President and tasked to lead the development, coordination and integration of all business operations and growth strategies including program advocacy initiatives for TNA. He departed TNA in May 2014 in pursuit of other interests.
Gress holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy (1974) and a Master of Science in Operations Research from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. Gress is also a graduate of the Air War College and a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Steve resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia with his wife, Marietta. They have two grown children both married, one grandchild, all residing nearby in Virginia. He is a board member of the Air Force Historical Foundation and the Nation’s Capitol Chapter of the Air Force Association. He enjoys golf and volunteering his time for the Fawn Lake Home Owners Association Finance Committee, the Virginia Master Gardeners and the Virginia Master Naturalists.
27th Association President - Mike "Moose" Moore
Michael “Moose” Moore is a retired Lieutenant Colonel & fighter pilot, with 20 years of active duty service. He had the unique opportunity of flying the F-15 at Langley (27th TFS) before he flew 2 tours in the F-4E! After receiving the F-15 assignment in the Fall of 1977, Moose completed two years in the First Tactical Fighter Wing before shipping out to Clark AB, and the 13th AF Staff. After 10 months on the staff he was invited to join the 3rd TFW at Clark, and received a local checkout in the F-4E and was a Flight Commander for the next 24 months. The follow on assignment then led him to George AFB, where Moose was an F-4 RTU Instructor until the Spring of 1986. After six years of flying the Phantom, the next 12 months were spent with the 2nd Infantry Division on the DMZ in Korea as a Brigade ALO (Air Liaison Officer). In the Fall of 1987, Moose returned to Langley AFB and the First Fighter Wing, flying the Eagle once again. The next 4 years would include being a Flight Commander in the 27th TFS, as well as the Operations Officer in both the 27th and 94th Squadrons. He retired from active duty in August of 1992, while working on the TAC staff for General Mike Loh.
Moose is currently a B777 pilot with Fedex flying international flights around the globe. In addition to being a “big airplane driver”, he is the President of The Vigilance Group which is focused on teaching Vigilance & Awareness Training to teens, coeds and women across the county. Moose has attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, N.M, studied Predictive Profiling and Blast Mitigation in Israel and is an instructor in Krav Maga, the Israeli defensive fighting system. Moose and Corinne live in the Nashville area, and have 3 children and 9 grand children.
71st Association President - Ed"Yard"Corcaran
Colonel (Ret) Ed Corcoran was an F-15C/F-22A Fighter Pilot with over 29 years of service before retiring from the 1st Operations Group in Dec 14. Yard enlisted at the age of 18 and was assigned to the 308 SMW as a Titan II ICBM operations crew member. Then “Staff Sergeant” Corcoran earned a pilot scholarship under the Airman Scholarship Commissioning Program. In May 89, he was commissioned through the AFROTC commissioning program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated UPT in Apr 91 and F-15C RTU in Jan 92. Over the next 20 years, Yard was assigned to the 27 FS, 44 FS, 60 FS, 422 TES, the Pentagon, 71 FS, AWC, and ACC. In May 12, Col Corcoran attended F-22A training and became the 1 OG/CC in Jul 12.
Yard is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School who has flown the T-37A, T-38A, F-15A/B/C/D and the F-22A. He was a Command Pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, including 185 combat hours in the F-15C during Operations SOUTHERN and NORTHERN WATCH. He has commanded at the Flight, Division, Squadron and Group levels…including 71st Ironmen - IRON!
Mr. "Yard" Corcoran was hired by Northrop Grumman Corporation in Feb 15 under contract to ACC/A3T. He is currently the Director of Operations for ACC's Distributed Training Center, where he and his team provide Live, Virtual, Constructive training to the Combat Air Forces worldwide.
94th Association President - Rick "Moto" Shook
Major General (Ret) Rich “Moto” Shook received his commission from the USAF Academy in 1978. He spent over 36 years serving on active duty and with the Air Force Reserve before retiring in September 2014. As a Senior Pilot, he accumulated over 2200 flying hours in F-15, T-37 and T-38 aircraft. He flew in the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron from 1983-86. Rich also flew Eagles as a Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot at Luke AFB, Arizona from 1986-89. He then transitioned to commercial aviation until 2003. His combat assignments included tours in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center and as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Forces Central Command in Southwest Asia during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF). Rich currently works for General Electric Aviation supporting Air Combat Command. He and Margie live in Yorktown, Virginia and have four adult children. Moto was elected 94th Association President in September 2015.
Enlisted Advisor - Randy "Mopar" Dodge
Randy "Mopar" Dodge began his time in the1st Fighter Wing in January 1979 as part of the 27th AMU He was assigned as the Assistant Crew Chief on F-15A 75-0023 "Maloney's Pony". Shortly after that he was promoted as the Dedicated Crew Chief of that jet. Mopar has been a Lifetime Member of the 1st Fighter Association since 2007, and the Enlisted Advisor since 2011. His favorite moment from active duty was an incentive ride in an F-15B piloted by former Association President Maj. Gen. (ret.) Bill "Frito" Lay. His favorite moment as an Association member was at the 2007 reunion where he met Joel "Rumhead" Owens, Darrel "DWelch" Welch, and Tom Maloney, all WWII P-38 Aces of the 27th Fighter Squadron.