Fargo Air Museum - Fargo, ND
October 2022 | 9am - 2pm
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Feature Speaker, Major Al Joersz
Karen Ruth, Delta A330 Check Airmen
Matt Gerada, Minot AFB (B52 Pilot)
Austin Greenheck, Corporate Pilot
MAJOR GENERAL AL JOERSZ
Major General Joersz was commissioned as a 2/Lt after graduating from North Dakota State University in 1966. He served in the USAF for 31 years retiring in 1997. During his career he was qualified as a pilot in the F-105, T-38, SR-71, B-52, KC-135, KC-10 and the F-15E, logging over 450 combat hours in the F-105 during the Vietnam conflict. He commanded the 1 st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron and two wings: The 410th Bomb Wing at KI Sawyer AFB and the 4 th Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB. He held a number of staff positions in the Pentagon and also served as the Chief of Staff at NATO’s AirSouth and later as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs, Department of Energy. In June 1976 he set the World Absolute Speed Record of 2193 MPH in the SR-71. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters. After retiring from the Air Force in 1997, Al worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Skunk Works as their Director for Strategy and Business Development. He retired from Lockheed Martin in Feb of 2011. He presently resides in Melissa, Texas with his wife Carol. They have three married children and seven grandchildren who live in Dallas, Springfield Missouri, and Bend Oregon.
Commercial Pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel, Aerobatics, Aircraft Owner are all used to describe Austin Greenheck. He learned to fly in Minot when he was 16, achieved his private pilot license at 17 and achieved his commercial and instructor certificates soon after. Austin instructed at the Minot Aero Center helping 35 people achieve pilots licenses and ratings. He currently flies a king air 200 in Minot and is working towards becoming a DPE. In his free time he enjoys flying his airplanes and hanging out at the airport.
Captain Matthew Gerada is currently a B-52H pilot with the 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB. He previously accomplished B-52H flight training at Barksdale AFB in LA and Undergraduate Pilot Training in the T-38 & T-6 aircraft at Laughlin AFB in TX. He commissioned in the US Air Force through the ROTC program at Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.