About The Friends

The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library was incorporated in February 1987 as a 501 (c)(3) organization. The principal aim of The Friends is to enhance the quality of the McDermott Library as an educational, research, scientific, and cultural institution. Ultimately, The Friends help the Library grow in stature, thereby strengthening the Academy’s performance of its mission.

Initially formed under the guidance of three former Superintendents of the Air Force Academy, The Friends continue to rely on the leadership of former Academy senior staff members to meet our goals. The Directors of The Friends include former Superintendents and a number of distinguished Air Force officers and community leaders. Three advisors represent the Academy Faculty, the Association of Graduates, and the Director of the Academy Library.

From the beginning, The Friends worked with the Clark Special Collections Branch to acquire and preserve unique original historical collections of personal papers including records, diaries and photographs that are of special significance to the mission and history of the Air Force and the Academy. The Friends have also received gifts of rare books and artwork, memorabilia, films and electronic media dealing with aeronautical and airpower themes.

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Philip D. Caine
Brig. General, USAF (ret.)

Vice President
Erlind G. Royer
Brig. General, USAF (ret.)

Andrew W. Biancur
Colonel, USAF (ret)

Martin T. Daack
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Mrs. John M. Bennett

James C. Gaston
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Mike Gould*
Lt. General, USAF (ret.)

James H.  Head
Brig. General, USAF (ret.)

Bradley C. Hosmer*
Lt. General, USAF (ret.)

Gary Howe
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Richard W. Lemp
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Mrs. Peggy Litwhiler

Phillip Meilinger
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Steven E. Maffeo
Capt, USNR (ret.)

Mr. Duane J. Reed

Winfield W. Scott, Jr.*
Lt. General, USAF (ret.)

Steven A. Simon
Lt. Colonel USAF (ret.)

James R. W. Titus
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)


Elliott V. Converse, III
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

John R. Dallager*
Maj. General, USAF (ret.)

Charles R. Hamm*
Lt. General, USAF (ret.)

Dona R. H. Hildebrand
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)

John W. Huston
Maj. General, USAF (ret.)

Mr. Harold U. Littrell

Tad J. Oelstrom*
Lt. General, USAF (ret.)

Reiner H. Schaeffer
Lt. Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Jock C. H. Schwank
Colonel, USAF (ret.)

Ms. Susan Stone Woodward

*Former Superintendent of
the Academy

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USAF Academy, CO 80840-0188

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