Ginny (Caine) Tonneson Class Of 1980


Ginny Caine Tonneson, Class of ’80, served as a joint specialty intelligence officer from 1980- 2000. While stationed at USAFA as an Air Officer Commanding (AOC) and Deputy Group
AOC, she won the O’Malley Award (outstanding AOC) and the 34th Training Group Officer of the Year Award. In addition, her squadron won the Superintendent’s Award as the top
military/academic squadron. After retirement, she became the AOG Stewardship Director and Director of Class Giving. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary, and has authored/co-authored two books. Ginny has her own consulting company and works with educators in over 770 school districts and 20 countries. She was a four-time All-American in swimming, won the USAFA Outstanding Athletic
Achievement Award, and has been a USAFA Parents’ Club president, USAFA Admissions Liaison Officer, Falcon Heritage Forum speaker, and is the 1980 CS-25 representative. She
currently serves as the AOG Board of Directors Secretary and was a member of the Single CEO Selection Task Force. Ginny lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and is especially proud that her
entire family has served in the Air Force (husband-USAFA ’80, son-USAFA ’04, and daughterUSAF surgeon).

Candidacy Statement

Who I am, and what I believe were largely shaped by my experiences at the Academy. I have come to know the Academy from a variety of perspectives – as a dependent of a USAFA faculty member, a cadet, an AOC, a cadet parent, a cadet sponsor, an AOG staff member, a Parent’s Club President, a USAFA Admissions Officer, and now as a member of the AOG Board of Directors, where I currently serve as the Board Secretary. These experiences have enabled me to understand the importance of having a strong, dynamic, and responsive organization to support
our graduate community, to promote our common heritage, and to work with the Academy on producing the finest graduates. The Academy has served as an anchor in my life and I would be
honored to have the opportunity to give back by continuing to serve for a second term as one of your AOG Board members