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Maj Gen David Eidsaune entered the Air Force in 1978 after graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Following the completion of undergraduate pilot training in 1979, he served as an F-111 instructor and evaluator pilot at Cannon AFB, N.M., and F-4, F-111 and F-15 experimental test pilot at Edwards AFB, Calif. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and was Vice Commander of Aeronautical Systems Center. During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he was a principal adviser to the Royal Saudi air force. The general also served as Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology (February 2003 - April 2005), Commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center, and Commander of the Air Armament Center. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the principal adviser to the Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq, on air component issues. Gen Eidsaune retired from active duty in December 2011 and joined the AFIT Foundation Board of Trustees as Chairman in 2013.


Dr. Robert A. Calico Jr. joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management in June 1972, where he has held the positions of assistant professor, associate professor and professor of aerospace engineering. He served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management for 6 years. Dr. Calico attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in aerospace engineering. He authored more than 40 publications in the areas of flexible spacecraft dynamics and control, aircraft spin prediction and control of time periodic systems.

Congressman David Hobson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Withrow High School in 1954. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958, and a law degree from Ohio State University in 1963. He served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1958 to 1963. Hobson served as an Ohio state senator from 1982 to 1990, serving as President of the Ohio Senate from 1988 to 1990. Congressman Hobson was elected to Congress from Ohio’s 7th District in 1990 and served from January of 1991 until January of 2009. While in Congress, Mr. Hobson served as the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee; chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee; senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and member of both the Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee. Congressman Hobson is a strong supporter of AFIT and a proponent of its contributions to the mission of the AF and DoD. In 2005 Congressman Hobson was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree from AFIT.

Senator Charles F. Horn earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Purdue University and his law degrees from Cleveland State University. He served for 20 years as part owner, legal counsel and chairman of the board of a high-technology company. After serving as Mayor of Kettering and as a Montgomery County Commissioner, he was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1984 where he served as Chair of the standing committee on Economic Development, Technology and Aerospace. He served as Chair of the Federal Labs Consortium Advisory Board and served on the National Defense Industrial Association Board. He works for interface between the Defense Labs and private industry for their mutual benefit, advocating a regional strategy. Senator Horn serves on the Ohio Thomas Edison Technology Advisory Board. He joined the Board of Trustees of the AFIT Foundation in 1999.

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Maj Gen Everett G. Odgers, USAF, Ret. earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Albuquerque and a MBA at the University of Utah. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1963 and earned a commission in 1972 through OTS. His career spanned all levels of comptroller and logistics positions, including assignments as fiscal control officer, auditor, major command budget staff officer and budget director, and maintenance director at an air logistics center. He served as Director of Budget Operations and Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, as Command Comptroller for AMC and, until retirement from active duty in 2002, for AFLC at Wright-Patterson AFB. General Odgers is currently the President and COO of the Greentree Group of Beavercreek OH. He joined the Foundation Board in 2004.

Maj Gen Peter W. Odgers, USAF, Ret. earned his BS and commission at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 and his MS degree through an AFIT sponsored program as Southern Methodist University. His assignments in Research and Development emphasized Test and Evaluation as well as Acquisition and included assignments as Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB; Deputy for Test & Evaluation, Headquarters AFSC; and as Vice Commander, ASD. He directed the B-1B Strategic Bomber program and served as Deputy Director in both F-15 and A-10 System Program Offices. Following retirement in 1987, General Odgers joined the Northrop Corp. as the Corporate Director of the Northrop Dayton Office. He is presently an independent consultant. He joined the Board of Trustees of the AFIT Foundation in 2001.

Mr. Roger A. Panton earned his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University and an MS in Engineering Management at the University of Dayton. After service as a Lieutenant, USAF, he joined the federal civil service and rose through positions of increasing responsibility in the Aeronautical Systems Center. At retirement in 1998, he was Chief of the Flight Systems Engineering Division. He is presently with Avetec, serving as Director of the Data Intensive Computing Environment (DICE) Program for High Performance Computing. He has served on the Boards of the Affiliate Societies Council, the Engineering and Science Foundation, and the Dayton and the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, all of Dayton and joined the Board of Trustees of the AFIT Foundation in 2005.

Dr. David H. Ponitz earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, and his doctorate at Harvard University. He served public schools as principal, superintendent and consultant; as President of Freeport, Waschenaw, and Sinclair Community Colleges; and as a member of the Board of Directors of numerous public organizations and private corporations. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Dayton and, upon his retirement in 1997, was named President Emeritus of Sinclair Community College. He joined the Board in 1999.

Joseph E. Zeis, Jr. is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer, with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). The DDC is a non-profit corporation formed to lead regional economic development and advocacy. He is responsible for the identification, facilitation and implementation of opportunities to support business development in the greater Dayton region in support of government and non-government entities.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He holds Master’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Col Zeis is a 1987 graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School, and has flown 27 types of aircraft, to include the F-111, F-15E, the B-2, the F-4, NKC-3135 and the AT-38. He is a Master Navigator with over 1800 hours in primarily fighter aircraft, and was the first USAF navigator to fly the B-2.

Joe is a retired United States Air Force Colonel, with over 26 years of service. He has had a variety of duties in his career, to include flight test, operations, acquisition, senior personnel management, and he was the Executive to the Four-star Commander of Air Force Materiel Command. Joe has commanded at the Group and Wing levels.

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