Marcolongo Stepping Down as President and COO of AOG
On 14 July, 2021, Marty Marcolongo, ’88, president and chief operating officer of the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates (AOG), announced to the staffs of the AOG and the Air Force Academy Foundation that he is stepping down from his position. His last day as President and COO will be September 1, 2021.
Marty has been an integral part of the AOG’s mission since his arrival in 2001. In his varied roles over the years, Marty has been instrumental in the operation of almost every aspect of the AOG’s work. Some of his many roles have included chapter liaison, membership director, vice president of alumni relations, vice president of business development, senior vice president of operations and chief executive officer.
Of course, when all is said and done, Marty will be most identified with two major initiatives that significantly changed the playing field for the AOG and our constituents. First, he will be remembered by thousands of parents and cadets as the driving force behind the WebGuy program. WebGuy launched a new era in parent and family engagement and outreach for the Association of Graduates, capturing through photos and blogs many of the defining parts of the Academy experience for use by future generations.
Second, Marty will be remembered by graduates as the leader who insisted that “the true calling” of an Air Force Academy graduate is to fully embrace the commitment to “Service for a Lifetime.” He brought this important message to the Academy community in the spring of 2018, on our Founders Day, and has continued to emphasize the important role graduates must play in contributing their unique talents to their communities, their Academy, and their nation. Indeed, “Service for a Lifetime” has been a pillar of the AOG’s vision and mission.
Marty is currently seeking his next opportunity to continue his Service for a Lifetime. Please join me in thanking Marty for his excellent leadership of our Association of Graduates and all he has done—and will continue to do—for the Air Force Academy, our graduates and their families, and his community.
Mike Gould, Lt. Gen. (Ret.), USAF