Core Organizing team

Ray Jefferson - summit chair - USMA '88

Short bio forthcoming. You can find Ray's full bio HERE.

ROB GORDON - SENIOR advisor - USMA '79

Short bio forthcoming. Rob's full bio can be found HERE.


William "T" Thompson is the AOG's President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, former Delta Air Lines captain, community and government leader, tax attorney, and public speaker.

jane whitfield - head of sponsorship

Short bio forthcoming. You can find Jane's full bio HERE.

Clay Petty - Head of Communication - USNA '15

Clay is a 2015 graduate of the US Naval Academy and presently studies as a dual degree masters student at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His academic tracks are mechanical & systems engineering, with an emphasis in space systems and cyber security and thesis research in materials science. He also works as a technical SME and military liaison at the Defense Innovation Unit - Experimental (DIUx), the DoD's rapid innovation capability based in Silicon Valley. He will go on to serve in the submarine community after concluding his postgraduate studies.

AF Reunions - event management

Brandon Karpf - USNA '15

Brandon Karpf was born and raised in Princeton, NJ. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with a concentration in controls, automation, and resilient cyber-physical systems. He is currently working towards a Master of Science in Technology and Policy at MIT. He conducts research as an assistant to Dr. David Clark in the Advanced Network Architecture Group and the Internet Policy Research Initiative. His research includes data privacy and harms, cyber risk assessment and regulation, the Internet of Things, and human-computer interaction. He also enjoys woodturning, hiking, scuba-diving, playing guitar, and any activity that brings him to water.

Christian A. Pierce - USMA '10

Christian Pierce is a MBA candidate at the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. After majoring in Economics at West Point he commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer, and concluded his career working with multiple GCC countries as an Air Defense Liaison Officer. Following Active Duty, Christian worked as a manager at an accounting firm in New York City and conducted work in Brazil during the Olympics. An attendee of the 2016 Service Academy Global Summit, Christian is honored to be a member of the 2017 SAGS Junior Military Officer team.

Jordan A. Pierce - USAFA '15

Jordan "Boomtown" Pierce grew up in Athens, GA. He went to USAFA after receiving a football scholarship. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Management. Currently, as a 2LT in the US Air Force he serves as the Munitions Flight Commander at Moody AFB in Valdosta, GA.


NICHOLAS Kealy - UScga '15

Nick grew up in Sandyston, NJ and reported to the Academy in the summer 2011. While at the Academy he majored in Civil Engineering and graduated in the spring of 2015. Upon graduation he was assigned to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida where he was recently selected for helicopter training.

David Del Corso - USmma '15

Once graduating the US Merchant Marine Academy, David sailed for Moran Towing Company being part of several delivery crews and sailing most of the US and Canadian Coast. Now he works as an electrical design engineer for Core States Group. They specialize in distributed energy generation, I.E. fuel cells, battery storage, solar panels, and CHP.