Name: Rupert, Donald W



School Memories:
What did you dream of doing when you grew-up?

Not sure it was a dream, but I planned to design aircraft. It didn't happen. I ended up flying them instead.

Spouse or Partner Name: (Did they attend McArthur and what class year?)
Married Linda Grogg, McArthur 1966, over 42 years ago.

Military Service: After graduating from UF and after President Nixon cancelled all graduate and occupational deferments, I joined the Air Force in lieu of being drafted into the Army. I went to pilot training in Lubbock TX, then onto F-4 training outside Phoenix AZ. I spent 4 years outside Madrid, Spain with 14 months of that time in Turkey. My next assignment was in Osan Korea, then became a Lead-in Fighter instructor outside Alamogordo NM. Next I was an instructor in the F-16 in Tampa FL, then an operational test pilot in the F-16 in Las Vegas NV. My next 2 years were on the Seventh Fleet staff on the USS Blue Ridge, home ported in Yokosuka Japan, where I spent little time. My tours in the desert started there and continued through my next assignment in Sumter SC. My final assignment was teaching 3-star generals and their staffs how to fight at the operational level of war. I retired in lieu of taking another command as a colonel, since it would have been back to Korea.

BIO: After retiring from active duty, I became a defense contractor doing much the same as I had done for the previous several years. Although my job has morphed, I've been employed by Jacobs Technology for almost 16 years. Linda and I had our 1st 2 girls in Spain and our 3rd in Tampa. All 3 married into the military. Our 8th grandchild is on the way.