Team Leadership

National Leadership

Executive DirectorLarry 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 DirectorTim Herbert
pending
  
Support DirectorSean 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 POCJune 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.
  
2020 Uniform DesignPending
  
Board MemberEfrain 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.
Board MemberTrey 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.  
WebmasterKyle Smathers

Regional Leadership

(Note: Some regions/hubs fluctuate yearly based on available riders & leadership!)

Alaska / At Large MembersChris 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.
  
ArizonaPending
  
CaliforniaRichard “Rick” Chavez, DSN 839-5420
Rick is the current Wing First Sergeant with the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno ANGB CA. He has served in the RegAF, USAFRES and the ANG as a Crew Chief for over 16 years and as a First Sergeant for the past 3 years by supporting the mission through interaction, support and management of Airmen and families, as well as providing a mission ready force for the commander. He worked for the City of San Jose for 30 years and retired in 2014. Being retired, Rick has the time to devote his time as the California Regional Team Lead in 2019. Rick is an avid road cyclist, and enjoys cycling the backroads of Gilroy and Morgan Hill California.  He has ridden numerous centuries throughout the Bay Area and has recently started running 5K fun runs. Rick also enjoys cycling of the motorized variety, both dirt and street.  Rick has been an active Air Force Cycling Team Member for 3 out of the past 4 years. Rick’s first RAGBRAI was in 2017 where he had an awesome experience riding and interacting with members of different base and regional teams.  
  
ColoradoJosh Johnson, DSN 847-5245 (email-preferred)
Josh currently serves as the Airfield Management Training Manager for the 140th Operations Support Squadron at Buckley AFB, Colorado. His distinguished career began on Active Duty in 2009 before transitioning to the Colorado Air National Guard. Josh electrifies the communities that embrace him. In his first duty assignment, he discovered the normally geographically challenging environment of Cannon, New Mexico inspired him to organize multisport events to draw out airmen and promote fitness. This naturally drew triathlete influence to his circle. Since then, he has competed in more than 100 competitive events throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including RAGBRAI with the AFCT, university team, and AF Marathon Teams. His passions for triathlon and community involvement led him to the Colorado State University (CSU) Triathlon Team. He is currently studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology in his quest to pursue wider sociological impact. In addition to studying and racing, his time is dedicated to student veterans as CSU chapter President of Student Veterans of America. Josh is not simply a sports community influence; he is a force for good in the sports community.
  
IllinoisSara 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 fourth year with AFCT, she is excited to lead the Illinois regional team.
  
National Capital RegionChristopher 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.
  
NebraskaDiana Tamayo, 402-232-9451, 843-860-2352 (after 5pm)
Diana is the Superintendent of the Command Centers Division at USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE. In February 2019, she recently moved from the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil where she worked as in the enlisted military attaché program. Diana was born and raised in north Florida. Her hobbies include spending time biking with her husband Jose and doing agility training with their dog. She also enjoys painting and has participated in Nebraska Wear Yellow bike rides.
  
New MexicoKevin 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!
  
OhioRon 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.
  
Ark-La-(E)TexSkylar Graham, 479-435-5785
Skylar is the Director of Education for the Paul W. Airey Non Commissioned Officer Academy. He is responsible for the development and education of thousands of junior Non Commissioned Officers annually and the continued accreditation of the world’s largest community college–Community College of the Air Force.  Skylar found his love for cycling while stationed overseas and has enjoyed it since.  When he isn’t riding his bike, he is teaching indoor cycling (spin) classes or spending time on his motorcycle with his lovely wife enjoying the outdoors.  Skylar started his tenure with the Air Force Cycling Team as a support member  in 2016 and has been with the team since.
  
South East RegionJeff Quick, 813-828-3702
Jeff is assigned to MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL as a KC-135 Evaluator Pilot and currently serves as the Chief of Standards and Evaluations for the 6th Operations Group. He has been on active duty for nearly 27 years as both an enlisted member and an officer. Jeff has been cycling for over 18 years and completed RAGBRAI 3 times (2013-2015); twice with the AFCT as the Illinois Team Lead. He is also an avid triathlete and is currently training for two Ironman races in 2019. He really enjoys how endurance sports seem to foster camaraderie and promote fitness as a lifestyle. Jeff is excited about leading the South East Region Team and looks forward to meeting everyone at RAGBRAI!”

Scot Corkey, 707-688-6183 (Local Team)
Scot is a C-5 Flight Engineer stationed as C-5 Section Chief at Robins AFB performing Functional Check Flights with the 339th Flight Test Squadron.  Scot started riding in 2015 and joined the Air Force Cycling Team in mid-2016 with the Texas team; later assisting with the team registration process for the 2017 season.  In April 2017, he transferred to Robins AFB, GA and found the area filled with fellow cycling enthusiasts.  With no local AFCT representation in place, Scot stood up a local team in 2018 and has nearly tripled team membership in just the past three years.  Scot continues to lead the local team for the Southeast Region where they participate in more than 10 rides each season across the state of Georgia.
  
South TexasJesus ‘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. 
  
UtahMarques 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! 
  
DakotasThomas Abney, 515-231-3188
Thomas is a Security Forces member currently stationed with the 91 MSFS at Minot, North Dakota, where he works as a Flight Chief for nuclear protection.  He recently moved from Tinker AFB, OK, where he completed 3 RAGBRAI events with the Air Force Cycling Team from 2014-2016.  Thomas is an Iowa native, and graduated high school at Ballard High School in Huxley, Iowa.  His other hobbies include camping, hunting and pistol/rifle competition.  He recently picked up fat biking/bikepacking to keep his cycling routine up to par throughout the winter months (which is most of them!) in North Dakota.