Joseph Bledsoe III Class Of 2011


Captain Joseph Bledsoe III is a proud 2011 Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate and AOG member. Upon graduation from the Academy, Joseph attended graduate school at the University of Maryland and received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy. While living in Maryland, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives implementing strategic political strategy. Captain Bledsoe then completed pilot training and now serves as a Fight Commander and F-15E instructor pilot where he is entrusted with the inspiration and supervision of the next generation of combat airpower aviators. Joseph has over 1,000 F-15E hours, including 344 combat hours over Iraq and Syria.

Joseph is married to his high school sweetheart, Alicia, and has two energetic boys—Treyson (3) and Daxton (1). In his free time, Captain Bledsoe is an active member in his local church and serves as an usher monthly. Joseph enjoys traveling with his family, reading, history, physical fitness and forming lasting relationships with those around him. He strongly believes these relationships are what inspire him to challenge old ideals in his pursuit of excellence.

Candidacy Statement

I have a deep appreciation for everything the Air Force Academy afforded me as a cadet. The education, leadership opportunities, and personal relationships I formed at USAFA have paid dividends in my life. I wear my Academy ring proudly and participate within our network of graduates extensively. As the Class President of 2011, I am an active member of the Class Advisory Senate at the AOG. In the last two years I have tackled the emerging concern facing the AOG—younger class involvement. In this capacity, I focused on gathering data and forming recommendations to the AOG and Board to increase younger class involvement. I believe we are at an impasse as a community of alumni. Our Long Blue Line is not as zealous and robust as many of us want. Younger graduates are not leveraging our extensive graduate network, nor giving back to our alma mater with our time, talents or gifts at the desired levels. Utilizing my previous work, determined work ethic, and passionate commitment for success, I want to be at the forefront to help the AOG better serve all graduates and take our network to new heights by serving on the Board of Directors.