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Frontiers November 2012 Issue

Alex Cole, in his first job for Boeing as a manager for Air Force Systems in Arlington, Va., said he is happy to be working with a ALEX number of other veterans. “From our collective military experience you get people who like structure and can work with that,” he said. Seeing the SR-71 Blackbird and F-15 Eagles take off when he was kid growing up on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, COLE Cole said, helped spark his ambition to become a pilot. His great-uncle was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and his father rose to the level of colonel in the Air Force before retiring. Cole spent 20 years in the Air Force, during which he went to the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served long stretches in Japan and Saudi Arabia and flew RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft before applying to serve in the presidential airlift fleet, flying high-ranking administration officials under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2012 39


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