Donald Raines Class Of 1986


Don Raines, Class of 1986, served 20 years in Space Acquisitions and Security Forces, including multiple OCONUS assignments. While stationed in Los Angeles, he earned an MBA from Chapman University, specializing in Finance. After retiring from the Air Force, he became an independent consultant at DARPA, supporting the Special Access Program Office in acquiring beyond state-of-the-art technologies for the war on terror. For the last 10 years he’s been a senior executive in business development for several defense companies, supporting both the DoD and the  Intelligence Community. Don has served for 14 years on the Virginia 10th Congressional District nominating committee, interviewing, and recommending candidates for all 4 service academies. He’s an active participant in USAFA events both in the DC area and Colorado, making multiple trips back to USAFA each year.  He has personally sponsored several OCONUS Staff Rides for the Department of History, funding cadets to study overseas battlefields firsthand through the USAFA Foundation. He currently resides in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. 



Candidacy Statement

My desire to serve on the Board of Directors is based on wisdom gained over time – that true rewards come from serving others. I have the time, energy, and desire to continue to give back to the Academy and all its graduates for all they have done for me over the years. I have watched the AOG grow as the number of graduates has more than doubled since my own graduation, and I firmly believe the vision of the AOG is directionally correct. But I personally want to increase participation from all our “tribes” – the active duty, the retirees, and the graduates who have joined the civilian workforce. Our participation rate in all the great programs the AOG operates is dismal when compared to the other service academies.  I want to use my military and industry experience to grow our AOG programs while significantly increasing outreach to and participation by the many graduates who are not active in our family. I thank you for your consideration.