BRAVO 369 Announces Historic ALSIB 2020 Project ! Check Media Page for Press Release
Jeff Geer is a highly experienced telecommunications and information technology professional having spent more than 35 years of his career working in engineering and management positions for leading U.S. telecommunications companies. He started flying in 1985 and has logged over 1,700 hours in over 25 different aircraft types, including warbirds, since receiving his pilot’s license in 1986.
Jeff is the president and chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting STEM education programs, preserving historic aircraft and aviation history, and spearheading historic flight recreations. He is also president of the GFR Group, a professional telecommunications design and services firm he started in 2000. As a published author, Jeff has written numerous articles and white papers for the telecommunications and aviation industries. He has also been the subject of radio, television, and newspaper interviews resulting from his activities with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation and the Warplanes to Siberia / ALSIB 2015 project including his work with the book and documentary film CODE NAME: ALSIB, the true story of Lend-Lease and the Alaska-Siberia air route from World War II.
Jeff is a co-recipient of the Telly Award for the documentary trailer Warplanes to Siberia – Uncommon Allies and has given presentations at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC; The National Press Club, Washington, DC; The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA; among others.
Jeff’s vision for the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation is “to leave a legacy of inspiration – to positively motivate and encourage our children and future generations to dream, strive for excellence and to reach for the stars. We want to show kids that if they believe in themselves, they can do anything they put their minds to through hard work and perseverance. We want to set new standards in teaching and motivating young people to become their best, inspiring them in the same way the Apollo space program and many others inspired me in my life. It’s all part of giving back and paying it forward.”
Craig Lang has more than 30 years of experience as a professional writer, educator, and public speaker, He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), holds a BA in English with Writing Concentration from Western Washington University and has worked in a wide-range of engineering environments including aerospace, telecommunications, and energy.
Craig is actively involved in education and regularly visits schools to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as teaching writing and communication. He holds teaching credentials for adult education and community college, and has served on numerous school boards.
Along with Jeff Geer, Craig helped form the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation and began researching and telling the story of the Alaska-Siberia air route (ALSIB). Working with leading historians, authors, museums, and universities as well as high-level representatives from both the United States and Russian governments, an international project was born. This has prompted him, along with Jeff, to author the book and documentary film CODE NAME: ALSIB and conduct a commemorative around-the-world flight in 2020. Using original World War II aircraft, the BRAVO 369 team will celebrate our forgotten veterans, especially those who fought the war on the American home front including our Lend-Lease factory workers, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the 7th Ferrying Squadron pilots, the workers who created the ALCAN (Alaska Highway), the Indigenous peoples of North America and Siberia who rescued down pilots, and the unique relationship between the United States, Canada, and the former Soviet Union as part of the 75th anniversary of end of the war.
Among Craig’s published articles are “Flying the WWII Alaska-Siberia Airway” Sibirica – Berghahn Journals: Oxford Press, New York 2014; and, “Coming Home - The 45th Mission” Warbird Digest Magazine, January 2011, which was co-authored with pilot Jeff Geer, President and Chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation. He too has been the subject of numerous radio, television, and newspaper interviews resulting from his activities with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation and the Warplanes to Siberia / ALSIB 2015 project. He is the primary author of the book and documentary film CODE NAME: ALSIB, the true story of Lend-Lease and the Alaska-Siberia air route from World War II. Jeff is contributing author on CODE NAME: ALSIB. Together, Craig and Jeff received a Telly Award for the documentary trailer Warplanes to Siberia – Uncommon Allies and have given presentations at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC; The National Press Club, Washington, DC; The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA; and the Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA, among others.
Matt Booty has been with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation since 2014. He is a corporate vice president at Microsoft and the Head of Studios for Xbox, where he leads the video game studios that create popular franchises such as Halo, Minecraft and Flight Simulator.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent close to 20 years at Midway Games in Chicago, where he started out working on hardware, software and game design for arcade pinball and video games. He went on to manage video game production in six studios worldwide and became CEO of Midway in 2008.
In 2014, Matt was instrumental in securing BRAVO 369’s primary sponsor, Wargaming, as part of the Warplanes to Siberia / ALSIB 2015 project. This gained world-wide recognition for the Foundation and has helped further BRAVO 369’s goals of promoting education, inspiring youth, and improving international relations through historical flight recreation projects.
He has degrees from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering as well as a Master of Fine Arts in theatre with a minor in music composition. Matt is also a world-class photographer specializing in air-to-air photography and historic aircraft. His photos have been published in numerous aviation publications.
Carole Anderson joined the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation in 2018 after several years of voluntary support, helping the Foundation connect with Alaska’s leaders in aviation, education and government.
Born in Évreux, France, she spent her formative childhood years in Tokyo, Japan as the daughter of a U.S.A.F. military commander which helped form her passion to maintain a global perspective and to be a true citizen of the world.
Carole began her media career in Fairbanks, Alaska at KATN-TV and later worked at KUAC-TV. Freelance assignments included TeleJapan International in Tokyo, Japan, and also VOA/TV Martí in Washington D.C. For her endeavors at WUSA-TV (CBS/Gannett), she received the “Women in Engineering” CBS Award. While at the FCC Advanced Television Test Center (A.T.T.C.) laboratory, she served as a Data Analyst on the engineering team, testing prototypes to develop and standardize the U.S. Digital HDTV System, receiving an Emmy Award for Television Technology and Engineering.
Upon return to Alaska, she pursued international interests in Arctic affairs, taking on public relations and research analysis roles at the Northern Forum and the Institute of the North, organizations both founded by Governor Walter J. Hickel. She subsequently served as his aide during his final years.
Carole is deeply involved in the community, coaching skiing and power-lifting for Special Olympics, assisting in the ASD Russian Language Immersion program, volunteering in the Iditarod and serving as a judge for the Anchorage International Film Festival. As the President of the board of the Japan Relief Fund of Alaska (JPRF), an organization which raised funds for the Japanese Red Cross after the 3/11/11 triple disaster, she was honored with the 2013 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence for Humanitarian Endeavors. In addition to her role with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, she serves on the Alaska World Affairs Council as well as the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA) and Perseverance Theatre.
August (Gus) Schaefer joined the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation in 2018 after his generous assistance promoting education and cultural outreach for the Foundation in both the United States and Russia. He was instrumental in BRAVO 369’s participation of the 75th ALSIB Anniversary event in Krasnoyarsk, Russia – the end point of the Alaska-Siberia air route during World War II.
Gus was Senior Vice President & Public Safety Officer for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in Northbrook, IL. He retired from UL in February 2014, after a career with the company spanning more than forty years. As the second Public Safety Officer in UL’s history, Gus worked to expand the UL Public Safety Mission on a global scale. He acted as UL’s public safety guardian, ambassador and advocate both inside and outside the company, and represented UL on major public safety initiatives working closely with UL’s Strategic Business Units and Business Development groups, as well as Regulatory Services, Consumer Affairs and Government Affairs, to ensure that public safety remained a key part of UL's relationship with its clients and other constituents. He also led UL’s Corporate Social Responsibility, corporate giving and community involvement initiatives.
Schaefer holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering from New York University's School of Engineering and Science and a Certificate in Management from Long Island's Adelphi University.
He is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and he serves on the Board of Directors of Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) and the Oakton Community College Foundation. He previously had served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Advisory Board for the Center for Supply Chain Studies at St. Louis University. He is also the 2014 recipient of ANSI’s Howard Coonley Award, which is intended to recognize “an executive who has rendered great service to the national economy through voluntary standardization and who has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.”
Gus has been called upon twice to testify before Congressional Committees and is one of only twenty-eight individuals who have been designated as a “UL Corporate Fellow,” and a member of the William Henry Merrill Society, formally recognizing of his many contributions to UL’s public safety mission and the science of safety.
Alan is Vice President and Director of Operations & Maintenance for the Heritage Flight Museum in Washington State and has been involved with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation since its inception. He was Pilot in Command during the 2013 test flight from Great Falls to Fairbanks and participated in the ALSIB 2015 flight.
Alan was born in a Quonset hut on Hamilton Air Force base, north of San Francisco. His father, Apollo 8 astronaut, William Anders was out flying an F-89 Scorpion, and upon hearing news of his 1st son’s birth over the radio, replied “ I still have ½ a tank of fuel and will RTB (return to base) when bingo (minimum fuel)” Maybe that’s when Alan decided to become a pilot. That day, Feb 18, 1957 was the day the last Skyraider rolled off of the Douglas Aircraft production line and was test flown. For some strange inexplicable reason, it is Alan’s favorite airplane to fly.
Initially, Alan wanted to be a helicopter pilot in the Army, but graduating high school in the spring of 1975 after the fall Saigon, there was not a huge demand for helicopter pilots. He went on to pursue a career in commercial art, computer animation and making feature film at Dreamworks Animation. It was not until much later in life that Alan went on to finally pursue his love of flying and went at it with a vengeance. In over 11 years of flying he amassed well over 2,000 hours, mainly in ex –military warbirds. He earned his instrument, commercial helicopter, fixed wing ratings, and type ratings in the L-39 jet, T-28, and AD-4 Skyraider. In addition to flying with the Navy’s Tailhook Legacy Flight, he flew a vintage AT-6 Texan with the Military’s Texan II trainer in the Air Force’s Texan Flight program.