The Hangar

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We currently offer the following opportunities:
-monthly virtual speaker series
-member chatroom
-structured virtual networking events

Summer Series Speakers

CAPT Greg “Chaser” Keithley, USN (Ret) on July 26 at 1900 CDT

CAPT Greg Keithley currently serves as the Executive Director of the Tailhook Association. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and, over a 31-year active-duty career, attained bachelor’s and master’s degrees, earned his wings of gold and flew the F-14 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft. He is a graduate of the TOPGUN training program, has served as a tactics instructor, completed five combat deployments and served as a squadron and wing commander.

Keithley will briefing us on his experiences serving as a technical advisor for the recently released film “Top Gun: Maverick.” Reflecting on his own career progression, we will also be exploring effective mentorship within the military aviation community.

Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, USAF on August 23 at 1830 CDT

Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Futures, Headquarters, United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for representing the voice of tomorrow’s airmen and leading the Air Force Futures team in developing strategy and concepts and manifesting an integrated future force design that will empower airmen with the operational capabilities required to fight and win. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, after earning a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he earned his wings and completed F-16 training. He is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours and 240 combat hours.

In our discussion, we will reflect on Hinote’s combat experiences with Operations Northern and Southern Watch and the role autonomous flight will play in future combat operations.


September 19 @ 1900 CDT – Brig. Gen. Rico Aponte, USAFR (Ret)

Brig. Gen. Rico Aponte was the first Hispanic director, J-7 of the United States Southern Command, located in Miami, Florida. He retired as the Director of Innovation and Experimentation, United States Southern Command and currently serves on the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance board. A native of Puerto Rico, he commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Puerto Rico and has operationally flown the F-111F/D, 02-A and T-38 aircraft. He had diverse assignments throughout his career, including a tour as the Spanish language narrator for the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds.

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, we will conduct a Q&A session exploring Aponte’s career experiences and discuss unique opportunities provided through joint assignments and service in the Air Force Reserve.

September 26 @ 1600 CDT – Gen. Mark Welsh, USAF (Ret)

Gen. Mark Welsh retired after serving as the 20th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. He is currently the Bush School of Government and Public Service Dean, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He was a rated command pilot with extensive flying experience in fighter aircraft, including the A-10 and F-16 and commanded at the squadron, group and wing level before progressing to more senior leadership roles.

We are privileged to host Welsh in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force and explore honoring and upholding the legacy of our nation’s airmen today.