Association of Graduates
Robert "Bobby" Wolfe Class of 1999

Bobby finished his active duty career after 10 years as a Major and senior pilot. Today, he is an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. where he advises industry-defining companies on all aspects of corporate finance, strategic restructuring, and mergers & acquisitions. Outside of work, he selflessly volunteers as a mentor for veterans, serves on a Congressional Nomination Committee, and is the Deputy Admissions Liaison Officer Director for USAFA in Northern California. Bobby holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, and a MA from the University of Oklahoma. He is married to the former Natalie Davis of Traverse City, MI and they have one daughter, Perla.

Candidacy Statement

I consider serving the AOG as a Director to be the greatest privilege and ultimate service to the institution and community that have provided me with so many opportunities. As a graduate who proudly served on active duty for 10 years and recently transitioned to civilian/reserve life, I bring valuable experience and perspective from both “sides of the fence.” Insight gained through these various phases of graduate life has ultimately prepared me to better serve you and our cherished Alma Matter.


Why did you decide to run for the AOG Board of Directors?

Running for a seat on the AOG Board of Directors provides a natural extension to my inclination and desire to give back to the institution that played such a pivotal role in defining who I am today. More importantly, with over 14 years of informally bringing alumni together, I have uncovered a deep dedication to serve this incredible community and strengthen the Long Blue Line. Whether you’re a retiree, still wearing the uniform, or separated at the earliest opportunity, I firmly believe that we’re all in this together and I’ll be honored to serve you!


What skills, knowledge, & experience do you have that has prepared you to serve on the AOG Board?

Thankfully, the Academy, and my time in uniform, taught me just about every hard skill one needs to serve on the Board. We all benefited from an education that pushed our analytical, writing, and leadership skills to the next level. Additionally, my civilian career has afforded the opportunity to hone skills that are particular to ensuring success while serving on the AOG Board. Preparing, packaging, and presenting highly technical analysis along with strategic solutions to decision makers comes all in a days work. It would be an honor to serve you and bring these skills, knowledge and experience to the AOG Board.


What involvement with the AOG or the Academy have you had that has prepared you to serve on the AOG Board of Directors?

My official and unofficial service to USAFA, the AOG and the graduate community has continued uninterrupted since graduating and these many experiences have prepared me well to serve on the AOG Board of Directors. As a young officer, I actively sought out local chapter events and where there was no chapter, I took matters into my own hands. While stationed in Germany, I was an initial member and Treasurer of the reopened “Red Barron” chapter of the AOG. Additionally, I continue my formal involvement with the USAFA admissions team as the Deputy Liaison Officer Director for Northern California. At the highest level, I continue to serve on Congresswoman Speier’s Service Academy Nomination Board.


How would you suggest the AOG improve its relevance to the Graduate Community as a whole and to individual Graduates?

The AOG has an opportunity to play a critical role as the primary conduit most Alumni have to the broader graduate community and to our Alma Matter. Streamlining efforts to connect and strengthen our community is perhaps the most significant way the AOG can improve its relevance. As we all know, USAFA has produced over 40,000 of the most intelligent, successful and passionate Alumni. Each of us represents the best this country has to offer and we are on par with graduates from most elite universities in the world. To stay relevant, let’s make it easy to connect this incredible group of people with each other and our great institution. For the sake of the next generation, we must ensure they know that the Long Blue Line extends way, way, past the South Gate!


Under the recently adopted Carver governance model, the primary role of the Board is to provide the strategic direction for the organization, while leaving operational administration to the CEO. How do you define strategic direction? What experience have you had in strategic thinking and policy making?

We use the Carver governance model to help our directors fulfill their responsibilities to the AOG community by focusing the Board’s attention on the significant issues and defining a path forward while clearly delegating operational duties to the management team. Many of my corporate clients follow a similar framework and I believe it provides the foundation for a successful relationship between the board and the management team. If elected, I commit to staying focused on those significant issues and shaping our strategic vision by listening to the membership, connecting our community, and supporting USAFA in their mission to train tomorrow’s leaders.


How much of your time can you devote to meetings, preparation for Board of Directors meetings, emails/correspondence, committee work, and interacting with members?

Supporting and serving the graduate community on the AOG Board of Directors would be an honor to say the least. As such, I am committed to fulfilling my duties as a director and I am prepared to dedicate the time required to fulfill my role.


Personal Statement

Election Update Message (2/21/2013)

To AOG Community, We’re a few weeks into the election cycle for the Board of Directors and I’d like to reiterate my sincere appreciation for all of the support, emails, and calls I’ve received. More importantly, I have to thank everyone for their overwhelming enthusiasm for our Alma Mater.

As you’ve heard, I believe we can make a positive difference for the entire AOG Community and together we can strengthen the bonds that unite us all.

Go Falcons!
Bobby

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Election Update Message (2/7/2013)

To the AOG Community, We are one week into the 2013 election cycle and I’ve been amazed by the incredible support I’ve received from new and more seasoned grads alike. Don’t forget to provide a friendly reminder to your friends and colleagues. Let’s keep up the momentum!

Whether you’re a civilian or on active duty, this election has become extremely important for all of us as the nation faces nearly guaranteed defense budget cuts. In the coming months and years, together, we need to strengthen the graduate network and expand our efforts to support each other. Big questions surround funding for active duty and reserve end-strength, the aerospace and defense industry, and a possible government shutdown.

USAFA has already been directed to decrease the number of cadets; and just last week, a friend and fellow grad was caught by a hiring freeze while the DoD waits for Washington. There’s no doubt that thousands of us will be affected.

As an “Association of Graduates” from one of the nation’s premier institutions, now is the time to unite. With your help, I will focus efforts to ensure supporting the graduate community, through all phases of life, is a top priority at the AOG...grads helping grads is what this is all about.

Feel free to contact me directly via email at votebobbywolfe@gmail.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/votebobbywolfe

Go Falcons!
Bobby

Election Update Message (1/31/2013)

To the AOG Community,

Online balloting for the AOG Board of Directors starts today and will end the first week in March. This marks an amazing opportunity to ensure your voice is heard by casting your vote.

As I've said in the past, I'm passionate about the Academy and I'm passionate about serving you. So, let's get voting...together, we can shape the future of the AOG.

Thank you again for your support.

Go Falcons,
Bobby Wolfe

Election Update Message (1/24/2013)

To the AOG Community,

In just one short week, the election window for the AOG Board of Directors will officially open on February 1st. The election period will start with web balloting at noon and a special letter will be sent out to all eligible voters. If you haven’t received an email or letter by February 8th, please let someone know.

This is the perfect time to unite as a community, to continue discussing the issues that are important, and to define our vision for the AOG. Let’s use this opportunity to reconnect now with old friends, squadron mates, and fellow graduates. Trust me, they’ll be glad to hear from you!

Most importantly, this is your chance to have your voice heard. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to cast your vote before the election window closes at noon on March 4th.

If you have any questions for me or just want to say hi, please connect via email at votebobbywolfe@gmail.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/votebobbywolfe

I look forward to hearing from you.

Go Falcons!

Election Update Message (1/17/2013)

To the AOG Community,
Meeting other grads and hearing from old friends has turned out to be the most refreshing and exhilarating part of this process. There’s no doubt I’ve heard some amazing stories (95% true, I’m sure).

More importantly though, everyone has been excited about the Academy and chalk full of suggestions. So, in order to keep this conversation going, I’m happy to announce that we’ve set up a dedicated email address and a facebook page.

If you would like to get to know me better, please feel free to connect via email at votebobbywolfe@gmail.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/votebobbywolfe

I look forward to hearing from you.

Go Falcons!!!

Election Update Message (1/10/2013)

To the AOG Community,

I have been humbled by tremendous support I’ve received from hundreds of graduates from across the decades. A “thank you” goes out to those who have contacted me so far. For those I haven’t met, let’s connect soon. I look forward to engaging with you and the entire AOG community over the coming weeks. Serving you will be an honor and I’ll promise do my best.

If elected to the AOG Board, I pledge to do the following in the first year:

  1. Do everything I can to streamline efforts to connect and strengthen our graduate community
  2. Systematically review the AOG budget and recommend common sense policies to ensure scarce funds are not wasted
  3. Ensure the AOG management team has the right tools to support our more than 40,000 graduates and USAFA alike

Go Falcons!


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