Mo Rolfs, Chief Operations Officer - CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
40 years of Flight training Experience, 10,000+ Flight hours
Mo began his flying career in 1975 as an Air Force Officer Training Cadet at Louisiana State University where he was the Cadet Corps commander. He graduated on the Dean’s list with a degrees in Business and Public Administration and two minors: economics and computer science. Upon graduation he was awarded a regular commission as the distinguished graduate in his class of 4000 ROTC cadets. While a cadet he completed the US Army Airborne Infantrycourse, Ft Benning , GA. The only member of his cadet corps to do so.
He then went to US Air Force pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma and graduated near the top of his class. Recognized for his technical skills and leadership ability, he was the only member of his pilot training class selected for a flight instructor position with the German Air Force at Sheppard AFB, Texas. While there, he achieved Master Flight Instructor Status, having logged more than 1000 primary jet instructor hours without an incident or accident. Mr. Rolfs was also recognized as an outstanding performer by three separate evaluation organizations at the Major Command and Air Force level. First by the USAF Inspector General then the Air Training Command Standardization and Evaluation Team and again by the German Air Force Operational Evaluation Element. After his assignment with the German Air Force, he went on to fly fighters at various locations throughout the world, serving 24 years and commanding at the squadron and operations group level. Mr.Rolfs has logged pilot in command time in the T-37, T-38, F-4, A-10, F-16, and more than 50 military and civilian aircraft from the J-3 Cub to B-17. His first overseas assignment was to Suwon AB, Republic of Korea as an initial cadre member of the first operational A-10 squadron, the 25th Assam Dragons.
While there he was Chief of Operational Plans and Air Liaison to the 2/75th US Army Ranger Battalion. His other assignments include a tour of duty with the United Kingdom Royal Air Force and at NATO Headquarters as a general officer aide and as initial cadre for the NATO Rapid Reaction Air Force. He has been instrumental in the building of two operational fighter squadrons: First as Director of Operations for the 354th “Bulldogs” at McChord AFB, Washington and then as the Commander of the 70th “White Knights” at Moody AFB, Georgia. The 70th White Knight set a post World War II record while under his command by going form five personnel and zero aircraft to 384 personnel, 27 aircraft, and Initial Operational Capability, then deployment to combat in just nine months.
Following his tour as squadron commander he was assigned to the Requirements Directorate, Headquarters USAF, The Pentagon. As Chief of Requirements he led multiple and inter-disciplinary joint teams in the development of requirements roadmaps to define the strategic and operational capabilities and systems for Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and Close Air Support. While serving as the senior Air Force liaison officer to the US Army National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, CA, and commander of the “Raven” Squadron, his unit was awarded the Hoyt S, Vandenburg Trophy for best training unit in the Air Force. During his 20-month tenure at the NTC the Ravens provided Close Air Support (CAS) training to 18 USAF Squadrons and US Army battalions. The unit was also instrumental in the tactical integration of drones into the US Army battalion battlespace and CAS operations.
While deployed to Kuwait during Operation Southern Watch, Mr. Rolfs served as the senior Air Force member of the US Ambassador to Kuwait’s Military Team. He has logged seven ocean crossings in the A-10 involving deployments to Europe and Southwest Asia. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Command and Staff College, US Army Command and General Staff College, NATO Defense College, Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Staff Officers College, NATO Staff Officers Course, and the US Army's Joint UAS Tactical Leadership Course. He has a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Rolfs is a former member of the 23rd Fighter Wing, the legacy unit whose roots are in the original Flying Tigers. He was a USAF Aerial Demonstration Pilot from 1986 to 1988 and was selected as Air Combat Command Flight Commander of the Year in 1986. He has over 10,000 flight hours with more than 3500 hours of instructor time.
Immediately after retirement, Mr. Rolfs started an air cargo company specializing in the transportation of radioactive water for medical purposes. When he sold his share four years later, the company had grown form one aircraft with Mr. Rolfs as the only pilot to five operating locations from Shreveport, Louisiana to Denver, Colorado; a fleet of 17 aircraft transporting materials to nationwide locations from Salt Lake City, Utah to Atlanta, Georgia. His next career adventure took him into the cockpit of a corporate jet. He flew for Wyndam Resorts with a single pilot waiver in the Cessna 500 series jet aircraft.
In 2005 he was offered and accepted a defense contracting job as Lead Project Manager for the Secretary of Defense Joint Digital Integration for Combat Engagement (JDICE) program. Upon completion of that program in 2010, he became the Subject Matter Expert for Concept of Operations Development at the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence. In that position he worked with all branches of the military and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop the first Joint Concept of Operations for Unmanned Aircraft. This work lead him to the position of Director of Information Technology Support to the USAF Combat Drone Program as a Defense Contractor with the URS Corporation.
After three years in that position, URS promoted him to Director of Unmanned Systems Commercial Development. He held that position for two years. While there he began to see the opportunities available in the emerging drone market, especially in the use of drones for agriculture. As a result, he left URS in 2013 after purchasing an aerial application service in Louisiana where he trained crop dusters and work as one for over three years. He used this experience to develop drone technology and operational concepts that are being used today through out the world in support of precision agricultural practices.
Mo met the CEO and President of GCFTA, Mr. Aaron Wang, in November of 2016 through Ms. Nell Calloway, grand-daughter of General Chennault. Mo and Aaron shared a deep appreciation for the heroics and major contributions of General Chennault and the Flying Tigers to the liberation of China, victory in the World War Two Pacific theater, and air combat tactics. With the endorsement of the Chennault Foundation and in cooperation with the Chennault Military and Aviation Museum, they decided to form a flight school that honored and sustained the legacy of General Chennault, the Flying Tigers, and the partnership America and China realized during those challenging years before and during World War Two. Mo is a founding member of CGFTA and as Director of Operations overseas and is responsible for all flight operations, maintenance, and training.
Mr. Rolfs is a certified Project Management Professional and Board of Certified Safety Professionals Safety Trained Supervisor. He is a recognized expert in Federal Aviation Regulations governing all aspects of manned and unmanned flight. He is a decorated combat veteran; having earned an two Air Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals. Mo is married to the former Kathryn Marie Milligan. She is graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and served 8 years in the US Army, most notably as a Blackhawk pilot with the 101st Airborne Division