Team Leadership

National Leadership

Executive DirectorLarry 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.
Deputy DirectorTim Herbert
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.
2019 Uniform DesignLarry Gallo
Andrew Patterson
Bob Lindner
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.  

Regional Leadership

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

At-Large MembersAt-Large Members should contact the nearest Base Team to them for membership.
AlaskaChris Dock, DSN 317-551-6246
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 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.
ArizonaMichael Williamson, DSN 896-3736 
Michael is an Aircraft Metals Technology Craftsman by trade, spending 8 years at Barksdale AFB on active duty, where he transitioned to an ART at Luke AFB for the last 4 years. He is also the Unit Fitness Program Manager where he actively helps people pass their physical training tests. Triathlons are his favorite way to stay in shape, having completed the marathon equivalent for swimming, biking, and running. He participate’s in triathlons throughout the Arizona region including a 70.3 Ironman and a full Ironman in November. He completed RAGBRAI last year and would like to keep the AFCT a permanent team in the Arizona region.
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 third year with AFCT, she is excited to lead the Illinois regional team.
National Capital RegionMark Wilder, 757-969-9149
Contact for registration only 
NebraskaMike 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 MexicoJonathan Kravitz, DSN 853-1678
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.
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)TexAnthony Bares DSN 781-1903
Tony a B-1 Weapon Systems Officer and the Deputy Chief of Standards and Evaluations for Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB, LA. Tony is an avid cyclist and runner who’s completed events ranging from a Marathon to a cross-country cycling trip across South Korea.  2019 will be Tony’s 3rd year with the Air Force Cycling Team.  Prior to his PCS to Louisiana, he was the Team Lead for the Dakota region based out of Ellsworth AFB, SD (2017/2018).   This year, he is looking forward to bringing the Team to Barksdale and the “Ark-La-Tex” region.      
South East RegionJeff Quick, DSN 828-9009
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!”
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. 
UtahMiguel 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.
DakotasMichael Marx, DSN 453-5199
Michael is an Physician Assistant working in the Operational Medicine Clinic at Minot AFB, supporting the B52H and ICBM missions.  He has been in the Air Force for 21 years, previously serving as an Electronic Warfare Systems technician before crossing over to medical 7 years ago.  He has been an avid cyclist for 20 years and has completed three RAGBRAI events with the AFCT. Michael enjoys traveling and spending time with the family when not on the bike.