U.S. Air Force
As a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Captain Victor's primary duty is the flying multi-million dollar Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft. A graduate of the Air Force Academy with a B.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering, Captain Victor entered Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. He then transferred to Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training where he earned his wings at the top of his class.
Captain Victor is now an MQ-9 pilot at Creech Air Force Base where he helps manage the squadron’s operational budget, and manages and de-conflicts flight schedules for over 30 people as a scheduling officer in the 17th Attack Squadron. He’s amassed over 800 combat hours.
He credits a NASA internship through their DEVELOP program for igniting a passion for spacecraft operations and flying, which inspired him to enroll at the Air Force Academy. As an undergraduate, Captain Victor founded the Cadet Wing STEM Outreach club, which became the largest community service organization at the Academy. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored him with a First Place international award for his work designing a hybrid rocket motor and K-12 curriculum. A research team he led won 2nd place for their study on using nano satellites to alleviate “Space Junk.” He is a 2013 Coca-Cola Scholar, a SHPE STAAR Scholarship Award winner, and a 2012 HENAAC Cadet Award winner.
-By Vinnie Longobardo