|Executive Director||Larry Gallo, DSN 314-646-2564 |
Larry is the Chief of CFMO USAG Italy. He is an endurance athlete who enjoys cycling and running. He has competed in IRONMAN triathlons in both 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 tenure with the team in 2006 and became the team director in 2012, helping establish AFCT local teams all over the USA while trying to enhance the service mentality of the team.
|Deputy Director||Jerry Cromer, 817-800-2341|
Jerry is a Traditional Reservist with 26 years combined AD and TR service currently serving as the 301st Medical Squadrons Chief Enlisted Manager at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas. In civilian life he serves as a Battalion Chief in the Farmers Branch Fire Department. His oldest daughter is Active Duty Air Force and youngest will begin college in the Fall of 2021. Jerry has completed 5 RAGBRAI’s and been an AFCT member since 2013. He has participated in marathons and triathlons and several Hotter’n Hell Hundred Triple Threats. When not keeping fit on his mountain bike he enjoys hunting and fishing.
|Support Director||Sean Graham|
Sean is a Medic currently working with the 959 IPTS stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He recently moved from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey where he worked Ambulance Services for the 87 MDOS and taught Tactical Combat Casualty Care for the 421 CTS. Sean was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, competition shooting and scuba diving. Sean has been attending RAGBRAI since 2016.
|Registration POC||June Lindner|
June Lindner flew KC-135s in the Air Force. After 9 years in the AF, June decided to homeschool 4 kids. She runs and competes in triathlons, including completing one Ironman. She loves the people she meets in her home state on RAGBRAI. She feels totally blessed to be part of the Texas and Air Force teams and associate with such awesome people. We are pretending that we are not getting older.
|Board Member||Josh Johnson, DSN 847-9066 (email-preferred)|
Josh currently serves as the First Sergeant for the 140th Medical Group at Buckley AFB, Colorado. He is happiest when motivating Airmen to reach new limits. His distinguished career began on Active Duty in 2009 before transitioning to the Colorado Air National Guard in 2017. Josh electrifies the communities that embrace him. He was inspired by the geographically challenging environment of Cannon AFB, New Mexico. He trained and organized multisport events to draw out Airmen and promote fitness. Since then, he has competed in more than 120 competitive events throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including multiple RAGBRAIs with the AFCT, competing nationally for the Colorado State University (CSU) Triathlon team, and AF Marathon teams. He brings a diverse background to the board as a rider and/or previous Team Leader on three regional teams. In his civilian career, Josh creates one-on-one connections with veterans, employers, and other resources to help them thrive. In addition to leading Airmen and helping veterans, he is a coach to athletes around him. Josh is not simply a sports community influence; he is a force for good in the sports community.
|Board Member||Trey Munn|
Trey is the 388th Maintenance Group Superintendent responsible for all maintenance activities on the Air Forces newest and most advanced fighter the F-35. He has been in the Air Force for almost 25 years and Lives in Clinton Utah, just outside Hill Air Force Base. Trey has a Son, Trey Jr (14) and a daughter, Kay (11). He enjoys all things out doors and in addition to road bikes he recently fell in love with mountain biking and has the separated shoulder to prove it. He also loves to run, snowboard, camp, and enjoys snapping photos of the scenery. He loves to complete endurance events and has completed 2 LOTAJA’s (Logan Utah to Jackson Hole Wyoming) a 204 mile 8000+ feet of climbing single day road race, he has also completed 7 marathons. Trey has completed 4 RAGBRAI’s and is completely invested in the Team and the spirit that goes along with what we stand for “Guardian Angels of the Road”. The ability to continue to serve and be a part of a team is an incredible honor.
(Note: Some regions/hubs fluctuate yearly based on available riders & leadership!)
|Alaska / At Large Members||Chris Dock, DSN 907-551-6246|
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 Air Force Base 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 Masters MTB cross country. He is a three-time finisher of the 7 day B.C. Bike Race and other notable events such as the High Cascades 100 MTB Race, Fireweed 200, Pisgah MTB Stage Race, Palmer Spring Classic, Hatcher Pass Epic, and numerous Anchorage Tour de Cure for Diabetes and Multiple Scleroses 150s. He has led AFCT Alaska for the past 3 years, completed RAGBRAI in 2018, and is now the At Large coordinator for AFCT.
|California||Richard “Rick” Chavez, 408-839-6994|
Rick retired from the California Air National Guard in July of 2020. His final assignment was servicing as the Wing First Sergeant for the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno ANGB CA. Rick served in the Active Duty Air Force, Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard for 15 years as a Crew Chief, and as a First Sergeant for the past 6 years. Rick retired from the City of San Jose as an Equipment Maintenance Supervisor back in 2014. He enjoys cycling with his friends on the backroads of Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Jose and has ridden numerous centuries. He also enjoys shredding the dirt riding his KLX 450 and has recently been blessed with his first grandson Ezra this past September. He can’t wait to get him cycling and dirt bike riding! Rick has been a member of the AFCT for 4 years and has participated in the marvelous RABRAI experience twice and is looking forward to the 2021 rendition. Rick’s favorite part of RAGBRAI is interacting with AFCT teammates and spreading the great word of being a member of the US Air Force to the public.
|Colorado||Josh Johnson, DSN 847-9066 (email-preferred)|
Josh currently serves as the First Sergeant for the 140th Medical Group at Buckley AFB, Colorado. He is happiest when motivating Airmen to reach new limits. His distinguished career began on Active Duty in 2009 before transitioning to the Colorado Air National Guard in 2017. Josh electrifies the communities that embrace him. In his first duty assignment, he was inspired by the geographically challenging environment of Cannon AFB, New Mexico. He trained and organized multisport events to draw out Airmen and promote fitness. Since then, he has competed in more than 100 competitive events throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including RAGBRAI with the AFCT, Colorado State University (CSU) Triathlon team, and AF Marathon teams. He continues to be an engaged alum of CSU because of his passions for triathlon and community involvement. In his civilian career, Josh creates one-on-one connections with veterans, employers, and other resources to help them thrive. In addition to leading Airmen and helping veterans, he is a coach to athletes around him. Josh is not simply a sports community influence; he is a force for good in the sports community.
|National Capital Region||Christopher Hoopes, DSN 574-0587, 210-464-5524 (text preferred)|
Chris is an Aerospace and Operational Physiology technician and the Flight Chief of Aerospace and Operational physiology 1st Operations Group, 1st Fighter Wing, at JB Langley-Eustis, VA. He recently took over leadership duties from Mark Wilder for the National Core Region (NCR). Chris was born in Utah and graduated from high school in Nebraska. He rode his bike all over the place growing up and turned to it as a cheap transportation source commuting back and forth to work after joining the military. After commuting to work for several years and putting roughly 5,000 mile on the bike he started training for a century ride. After PCS to Langley AFB, VA Chris came into contact with the Air Force Cycling Team and started training for RAGBRAI with members of the NCR chapter. He completed his first RAGBRAI in 2019.
|New Mexico||Kevin Bishop, 505-846-1442 |
Kevin is an instructor combat systems officer (formerly known as “navigator”) at the MC-130J formal training unit, or schoolhouse, at Kirtland Air Force Base located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is Kevin’s third year as part of the Air Force Cycling Team, having first joined the team in 2018. Kevin was born and grew up in a small town in northeastern Ohio. He was a member of his high school’s cross country, track, and swim teams. In his late 20s, Kevin began running more seriously and slowly evolved in an amateur endurance athlete of sorts. To date Kevin has completed two full marathons, eight half marathons, a Half Ironman triathlon, five century rides (all in 2018) and is super excited about this year’s ride and upcoming cycling season!
|Ohio||Ron Phipps, 937-255-7777 x3292|
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 East Region||Julian McCafferty, 785-764-2653|
Julian is stationed at Eglin AFB, FL assigned to the 417th Flight Test Squadron, 96th Operations Group, 96th Test Wing, as a C-130 Flight Test Engineer. He has 6 years of Active Duty service as a USAF Developmental Engineer. Julian has been cycling for 19 years and even delayed getting his driver’s license for 2 years because he still preferred to commute to work and school on his bike! He first rode RAGBRAI with the AFCT in 2015.
Lester Moes (Local Team) DSN 468-5363 (email preferred)
Lester took over the SE Region AFCT at the end of 2019 and in 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis with the entire cycling season wiped out, he tried to salvage the year to no avail. But with 2021 in his sights, he looked forward to creating an exciting ride calendar with new events added to include the RAFB Museum of Aviation Hand Cyclist race to support disabled veteran hand cyclists during a 25 mile course. He also added Pedal Hilton Head as well as The Tour De Melon in FL. He is constantly looking to add more rides to the calendar with the focus of getting the Team more involved. Currently he serves part time as an E8 Weapons Systems Maintenance controller with the 116th ANG, GA and full time with the 402nd Maintenance Group supporting depot level inspection, maintenance, overhaul, and modifications to the C-5; C-130; F-15; C-17; and RQ-4 Weapon Systems at Robins AFB. In his 33 year (and counting) career, 10 of which were active duty, he has always had a passion for cycling. Whether cycling in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Greece, or the US, he has always found a reason to ride and share his passion with others. His motivation for cycling comes from his own words, “Let’s see what God wants us to see from two wheels today”. Lester has high hopes for the SE Team for the future and beyond.
|South Texas||Jesus ‘Chuy’ Caro Jr., 210-875-2081|
Chuy is assigned as a project manager for the AETC Computer Systems Squadron, at Randolph AFB, TX. He is currently responsible for the development of mobile apps, within the Command. He served on active duty for the Air Force for 26 years and for the majority of those years, maintained personnel systems and even had a stint as a Personnel Systems Management instructor at Keesler AFB, MS. After many years of running (9 full marathons), the knee finally caused issues, so he switched to biking and hasn’t looked back since. This will be his 4th year on the team and has attended RAGBRAI the last 3 years.
|Utah||Marques Reyes, 818-987-7888 |
Marques is a Munitions and Missile Maintenance Officer and currently stationed at Hill AFB, UT. He is the program manager for the Air Force’s only Maritime Vessels within the Global Ammunition Control Point. Marques started cycling in South Korea (ROK) in 2017. While stationed in Daegu Air Base, ROK, he joined a local US Army cycling team and has had the passion for cycling since. Marques is married for 14 years with 3 daughters and life coaching them to take up cycling. He believes in the Velominati cycling rules, especially rule #12 (N+1) and #5(HTFU). This is his first year in joining the Air Force Cycling Team and is very excited/motivated to learn from seasoned members and to be part of the camaraderie that makes us cyclists!