2017 AFCT Regional Team Leaders
At-Large Members At-Large Members should contact the nearest Base Team to them for membership.
Alaska Chris Dock, DSN 317-551-6246, Cell 907-306-8039

Chris is a retired Master Sergeant, Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, who supported F-4, A-10, F-16, F-15 and F-22 aircraft. He now serves as the F-22 Weapons and Air Force Engineering and Technical Service (AFETS) Lead/Supervisor for Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases in Alaska. Chris is an avid cyclist in both road and mountain, specializing in mountain bike endurance. He competes regularly in local Anchorage Alaska events as a member of the Arctic Bicycle Association, racing expert MTB cross country, MTB 12-Hour Solo, and Road 200 Mile Solo. That experience was the impetus for establishing AFCT in Alaska. He looks forward to continuing the AFCT mission.

Arkansas Sandra Frank, DSN 731-7545| Cell (210)531-6270

Sandra is currently the Operations Superintendent at the Razorback Inn, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. She has been in the military since March 2000. She loves to be active and stay outdoors as much as I can with her family. Aside from cycling, she enjoys hiking, powerlifting, and Crossfit. She has competed in 2 sprint triathlon, 5 half marathon, and numerous cycling events across Texas and North Dakota. She is excited to start Team Little Rock and looking forward to bringing the AFCT to Arkansas and surrounding areas!

California Scott Anthony, DSN: 837-6941; Comm (707)423-6941

Scott is currently assigned to Travis AFB CA as an aircraft maintainer. His 1st year with the team was as a support crew member and his 2nd year as a rider. Since then he has stood up as base/regional lead for California. He started riding mountain bikes in the late nineties then converted to road bikes around 2005 taking on the Hotter-N-Hell bicycle ride as his first century. He looks forward to maintaining and growing the California Team.



Gulf Coast Region/Robins AFB Andrew Nelson

Andrew is a cyberspace operations officer stationed at Eglin AFB, FL. He has completed multiple RAGBRAIs with 2014 being the first wearing an AFCT jersey. As an Iowa native, growing up, he spent most summers on the route supporting riders from town to town and admired the AFCT from afar before he even considered joining the Air Force. He is a triathlete, avid weightlifter, and outdoors enthusiast. He is excited to lead the Gulf Coast Team and represent the Air Force in his home state.

Illinois Vince Zabala

Vince is stationed at Scott AFB and is honored to lead the Illinois Team in 2017, his second year on the RAGBRAI adventure. Always looking for a challenge, he rides competitively as well as for fun both on the road and trail through mud, snow, and extreme weather. Hard at work, he brings his positive attitude to Headquarters staff in the Fuel Efficiency Division at Air Mobility Command. Also, his expertise at the helm of the mighty C-130 Hercules helped him master energy management which proved useful across the rolling hills of southern Iowa. Finally, he is excited and proud to lead new and veteran members of the Scott AFB cycling team through another successful mission in Iowa. Let's ride!

Missouri Shallyn Troutman, DSN: 975-5507

Shallyn is a Maintenance Operations Officer for the 442d Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman AFB, MO. She is an avid triathlete who competes regularly in 70.3, half distance triathlons, and is committed to running a yearly marathon. She became passionate about running when she was nine years old and has maintained a lifelong habit of fitness and competition. She is dedicated to teaching others how to incorporate fitness into their lives as a positive, permanent lifestyle change. She rode with the Texas Team from 2010-2014 and has participated in Ragbrai twice.

National Capital Region Mark Wilder, DSN 575-4273

Mark Wilder is a 26 year AF retiree who currently works at Langley AFB in the F-22 Weapons System Team, HQ ACC. Mark has been the NCR team lead for the past 4 years and has ridden RAGBRAI for the past 4 years. The National Capital Region (NCR) typically encompasses team members from Langley AFB extending as far North as Connecticut and as far South to South Carolina. Most of the NCR organized rides are conducted in Virginia and the DC area.

New Mexico Mike Dias, DSN 572-3103

Mike is the Squadron Superintendent for the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Holloman AFB, NM. In 2011, lycra called and he answered by picking up cycling as a lifestyle while serving overseas, starting in MTB and transitioning to road bike. He survived the mountains of northern Italy and the rolling hills of central Texas riding primarily in Gran Fondo’s and other distance events. He has also been a lifelong runner with 6 Marathon’s and a bunch of half and trail runs under his belt. As a natural transition, triathlons are next on the agenda as he works his way up in distance. In 2013 Mike graced the roster of the AFCT-Texas team for the first time and has been on board ever since. A year later he started the New Mexico chapter and then led them at RAGBRAI 2015. He’s logged 8,000 miles and counting in the saddle and looks forward to CrossFit-filled mornings, long-ride Sundays, and an Ironman in the future.

Oklahoma Burr Ciprich,

Burr is the Unit Security Manager for the 552 MXS, and an AWACS Radar Maintainer by trade at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. He grew up riding the roads of rural Virginia, and with his Uncle, Chris Ciprich, in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. He got his first “real” road bike a few years ago in order to join the Air Force Cycling Team, and has since ridden in OK, TN, PA, GA, FL, TX, and 2 RAGBRAIs in Iowa. He belongs to several cycling groups in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, and loves to hit the road whenever he’s not dodging tornadoes. He enjoys mentoring new team members and riders, to include his daughter Riley, who just got her first road bike! This is his first year as a Team Lead and hopes to help the team reach new heights. He’s retiring this year from the Air Force after 24 years of service, and looks forward to starting the next chapter in his life. When not in the saddle, Burr enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hunting, and shooting sports, as well as indoor video gaming with his family and friends.

Ohio Lt Col Ron Phipps (Ret)

Lt Col Ronald "Ron" Phipps (ret) is the captain for the AFCT contingent from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, OH. He has prior team captain experience at both WPAFB (2000 - 2001, 2010 - 2012) and Hill AFB (2006 - 2008). He has also served as Deputy Team Executive Director in 2007 and Team Executive Director in 2008. Moreover, Ron has ridden RAGBRAI multiple years as an AFCT member and only missed the 2009 event. Professor Phipps is Course Director in the School of Systems and Logistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Ron has a MS, Systems Management from AFTI and a BS, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. When Ron is not cycling, you can usually find him in front of a class boring the students with endless anecdotes on Air Force logistics operations.

South Dakota Anthony Bares DSN 675-5638/commercial 605-385-5638.

Anthony is the 28 Bomb Wing Director of inspections and a B-1 Weapon Systems Officer at Ellsworth AFB, SD. He has served as an AF active duty member since April of 1999. Five of his 17 years were spent as an enlisted member at bases along the Gulf Coast and the other 12 as an officer attached to the B-1 bomber based out of Dyess AFB and Ellsworth AFB. He has been a runner since grade school and a cyclist since 2004. He enjoys anything outdoors: running, cycling, hiking, camping, skiing… 2017 will be his first season working with the Air Force Cycling team and he is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to bring the AFCT to South Dakota and the surrounding areas.

Texas Larry Gallo, DSN 945-3308

Larry is the Section Chief for Maintenance Support to the C5 Aircraft at the 433rd Airlift Wing Lackland Air Force Base. He is an Endurance Athlete who enjoys Cycling and Running. He has competed in Half Iron Man distance triathlons in Colorado and Texas. His focus is on making the team’s presence known across the US as he networks with similar organizations that promote the military and fitness. He began his successive RAGBRAI stretch in 2005.

Northern Texas Efrain Carrion

"E" is a Training Manager with the 365th Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas. During his enlistment he worked aircraft avionics on the F-111 and F-15 aircrafts. Stationed at SAFB as an F-15 Avionics Instructor, he picked up cycling in the town that hosts the largest single day100 mile bike ride in the nation known as the "Hotter n Hell Hundred". Ever since doing his first century in 1999 HHH, he has completed the 100 mile endurance ride a total of 16 times. In 2014 he completed the Hotter N Hell Triple Threat, which entails a MTB race, 100-mile ride, and a 1/2 marathon. His passion for cycling was reignited in 2016 with the AFCT TEXAS team and he did RAGBRAI for the first time. Recently he stood up the AFCT Sheppard team and looks forward to riding with the AFCT once again. Future plans are to one day to dip his rear wheel in the Pacific and his front wheel in the Atlantic.

Utah Miguel Duarte-Hernandez “Alex”, DSN 777-1119/586-0558

Alex is an Aircraft Armament Systems maintainer with the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah. He got involved with the sport of cycling as a teen while competitively racing BMX in Sacramento, California. He was a highly ranked junior racer in one of the most competitive regions in the country. He started riding mountain bikes prior to joining the Air Force as a hobby. During his time at his first station, Shaw AFB, he met a member of the Air Force Cycling Team that introduced him to road biking. Alex moved on to his second duty station at Joint Base Elmendorf Fort Richardson Anchorage, Alaska where he competed in 24 hour mountain bike races, 200 mile road races, and charity road rides. He, now stationed at Hill AFB has completed two RAGBRAIs and is always finding new local events for the Team Hill Riders.

WebMaster Drew Patterson

Drew is a member of the 433d Airlift Wing at Kelly Field, Lackland AFB, Texas. In 2011 he joined and originally planned to work as a support crew member. Due to shortfalls on the riding team, he was moved to a rider position. Although active in many sports, being new to road cycling presented an awesome challenge to train for his first 500+ mile ride in less than 3 months. He began his successive RAGBRAI stretch in 2011.

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