2018 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.

Arizona Cristina “Nikki” Cunningham, DSN 896-2985 | 623-856-2985 | cell is 850-603-9474

Nikki is Luke AFB’s Career Assistance Advisor and former Security Forces Military Working Dog Handler. She has been in the Air Force 24 years and is currently on her tenth assignment. Nikki has always loved cycling but took it up seriously as a fitness routine in 1996 after the birth of her daughter. In 2013 Nikki PCS’d to Lackland and a year later, she was recruited by a friend into AFCT. She completed the 2015 RAGBRAI with the Texas team and has been hooked ever since. After PCSing to Luke in 2016, she found no team but had a strong desire to be a part of AFCT again. With the help of a few other SNCOs and civilians in the 56 FW, they decided to pursue a statewide team to spread the positive word of the Air Force Cycling Team.

California David Bell, DSN 837-8279, 707-424-8279, cell 415-320-3405

David is with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Travis AFB. He has worked for the Air Force for 11 years providing environmental engineering support - first in San Antonio, TX and then in the Bay Area of California. David is an active road and mountain bike cyclist, often cycling the roads and trails in Northern California. He is also a triathlete, having completing an Ironman Triathlon, several Half Ironman triathlons and many Olympic triathlons. David also enjoys skiing and playing tennis when his bicycles need a rest. An active AFCT member for 3 years, David’s first RAGBRAI was 2017 where his only regret was not doing it sooner, and is excited to lead the California regional team to RAGBRAI 2018.

ColoradoLeisa Grant, DSN 847-3029 Cell 303-717-1076

Leisa is a Photojournalist (AFR) assigned to Travis AFB, CA but lives locally in Boulder County. Currently she is the full-time deputy director (acting) of ARPC Public Affairs on Buckley AFB. She took up mountain biking in 1999 and road riding/multisport in 2005. Leisa has worked in bike shops, university bike programs, cycling events and publishing, and as a bike skills coach. She also volunteers for cycling organizations such as Bicycle Colorado, People for Bikes, IMBA, and bike film festivals. Leisa's goals as the Colorado Team Leader are to assemble and inspire a strong, smiling team from the Centennial State to represent the Air Force at RAGBRAI and elsewhere throughout 2018.

Illinois Sara McDowell

Sara is a mental health provider stationed at Scott AFB, Illinois. She grew up competing in team sports and made the switch to endurance racing in her mid-twenties after checking off a marathon from her bucket list. Multi-day adventure racing and mountain biking became her primary passions, which combined her love of the outdoors, teamwork, and extreme endurance tests. Sara currently enjoys grinding the Midwest gravel, which provides the opportunity to navigate her limits and exceed them. Sara's inaugural AFCT RAGBRAI experience reminded her of the impact military members make within the community and bolstered her connection to the larger Air Force mission. In her second year with AFCT, she is excited to lead the Illinois regional team.

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.

Nebraska Mike Hall

Mike currently works at Offutt AFB. Mike has been riding since 2012 and has attended multiple RAGBRAI trips. He loves camping, hiking, skiing and would be scuba diving at every minute if possible. Little do people know: Mike was a professional clogger and Ballroom dancer in high school and college, with appearances on Star Search, The Miss America Pageant, and several World Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Cycling is a way to stay in shape after retiring from dance in 2005. Finally, Mike spends most of his time with his wife and kids, and looks forward to future RAGBRAIs.

New Mexico Jonathan Kravitz, DSN 263-5104

Jon is the Aerospace Physiologist and Flight Commander of the Commander's Support Staff in the 58th Operations Support Squadron, 58th Operations Group, 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, NM. He has recently taken over for Mike Dias as the Team Leader for New Mexico. Jon was born and raised in central Pennsylvania where he also began a passion for cycling. Jon has participated in many organized century rides prior to joining the Air Force Cycling Team as a support member for the 2016 RAGBRAI. He was a member of the H-E-B Bike Team in San Antonio, Texas prior to his relocation to NM in October of 2016. Since beginning his assignment at Kirtland, Jon has completed a Spinning Certification and is currently teaching 2 days a week at O2 Fitness Studio. He is currently training for a local Halloween themed ride, the Day of the Tread which tours the foothills of the Sandia Mountains just outside of Albuquerque.

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.

South East Region Dan Hansen, Cell 229-375-6385

Dan is a Senior Master Sargent, Fighter Avionics Specialist, who has supported F-15 C/D/E, F-22, and U-2 aircraft. He is currently serving as the Superintendent of the 81 Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB, GA. The 81st is assigned with the unique mission of training the Afghan and Lebanese Air Forces on flying and maintaining the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft. Dan is an avid cyclist who has been an AFCT member, previous Team Langley Captain, and has also served as the support director. He has taken an AFCT break due to two consecutive overseas tours but is ready to get back to Iowa. He is a dedicated recreational rider and is looking to grow the Moody AFB cycling community and continue the AFCT mission and legacy.

Texas pending,


Tornado Alley Region 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 Photographer at the 502 ABW Public Affairs Office while also being a member of the 433d Airlift Wing, Kelly Field, JBSA-Lackland AFB, Texas. In 2011 he joined originally planning 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 also volunteers at various sporting events around Texas and helps to promote the AFCT and AF in general. He began his successive RAGBRAI stretch in 2011.

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