John Cinnamon Class Of 1991


Dr. John D. “Toast” Cinnamon (Ph.D., Colonel - USAF, Retired) is currently a senior technology leader in the space arena, an instructor pilot for a major airline, and president of his own engineering/education consulting company. John graduated from USAFA in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences and in 1992 with a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. During his 27+ year military career, John flew C-5s at Dover, taught Astronautical Engineering at USAFA, served as a T-38 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot at Beale, earned an Aeronautical Engineering PhD from AFIT, served as the T-1 Squadron Commander at Laughlin, attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School, led the Syrian chemical weapons destruction effort at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, served as the Operations Group Commander at Vance, and retired as the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Aeronautics at USAFA. John has flown over 6000 hours in the T-1, T-3, T-37, T-38, T-41, T-53, C-5 and B737 aircraft. During COVID, John taught underserved students to fly in local community outreach program and wants to give back to the USAFA community of cadets, staff, and graduates by serving on the AOG Board.

Candidacy Statement

I ask you for your support for my candidacy to the AOG Board of Directors. My goal, in serving on the Board, will be to aggressively pursue opportunities to support the current USAFA Cadets and our graduate community.  I would like to improve the connections between the AOG Board and the membership – and to create a value-added experience for our graduates to reconnect with fellow grads, support current Cadets, and to volunteer to assist in the Academy mission.  To that end, the AOG support to the graduate community needs to be improved, modernized, and tailored to address the unique concerns of specific graduate year-groups. This is our AOG, and we need to seize the opportunity to improve it and its support of USAFA, our current cadets, and our graduates. I look forward to serving you.