John Cinnamon Class Of 1991


Dr. John D. “Toast” Cinnamon (Ph.D., Colonel - USAF, Retired) is a Principal Senior Analyst for the United States Space Force Advanced Capabilities Team. John was born in Seattle, Washington and graduated from USAFA in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences. He then earned a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. During his military career, John flew C-5s at Dover AFB, taught Astronautical Engineering at USAFA, and then served as a T-38 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot aBeale AFB.  He then earned an Aeronautical Engineering PhD from AFIT and subsequently served as the T-1 Squadron Commander at Laughlin AFB. John then attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and led the Syrian chemical weapons destruction effort at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  He then served as the Operations Group Commander at Vance AFB and finished his military career as the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Aeronautics at USAFA. John retired as a Command Pilot, with over 4700 hours in the T-1, T-3, T-37, T-38, T-41, T-53 and C-5 aircraft. John also flew for a major U.S. airline for two years following his retirement from the Air Force. 



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. In my last active duty role, I was the Permanent Professor and Head of Aeronautics, which provides me with a unique perspective on current cadet life and support to the academic, military, athletic, and character development missions. Our cadets need outside financial support to experience some of the great opportunities previously enjoyed – but it needs to be provided in specific ways. For instance, I was forced to refuse many donations to my Department because I had no legal way to spend it – but we can change that. Many graduates want to support specific projects or programs – our job is to make that happen. In the same way, the AOG support to the graduate community needs to be improved and modernized. This really is our AOG, and we need to seize the opportunity to improve it and its support of USAFA. I look forward to serving our cadets and graduates on the Board.