Four former Air Force communicators were inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.
Mr. John M. Gilligan (SES): Mr. Gilligan had a major impact in cyber & C4 within the
DOD, US Air Force, US Government civilian agencies and industries. His career
progressed through basic engineering and computer science positions to key leadership
positions with the Air Force, civilian government positions and industry where Mr. Gilligan
provided specific and lasting contributions to the government IT and cyber communities by
laying groundwork for organizational and technical innovations.
Colonel Gary D. McAlum: Colonel McAlum is a pioneer in cyberspace operations and
support during his 25 years on active duty. His career included software engineer,
MAJCOM C4 staff officer, information security, unified command satellite communications
staff officer, 4-time commander, and executive officer. His career culminated as Chief of
Staff, JTF-GNO, where he was instrumental in securing DoD networks from emerging
cyber threats. After retirement, he continued to serve military members and families as the
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for United Services Automobile Association.
Colonel David J. Martinson: Col Martinson served a successful and varied career at all
leadership and management levels over 30 years. From his first assignment to his last, he
distinguished himself as an air traffic controller and in several assignments as a
communications-electronics officer. In each assignment his tenacious dedication to
accomplish the Air Force mission earned the trust of senior leadership. His career
culminated at USEUCOM HQ, where he was representative to the NATO Air
Communications Council, working interoperability issues at the highest international levels.
Chief Master Sergeant Robert "Duke" L. Snyder: Chief Snyder was a hands-on leader
and mentor of young airmen and officers. He was identified early in his career for
management positions. Chief Snyder always felt more at home at the unit level where
he could have more impact and interface with the troops. He was selected for the team
that created the first AF-wide tests for the 291X0 AFSC 3, 5 & 7 level skill sets
(Communications Operations). He earned his reputation as an innovator and as an NCO
who always got the job done. He was a leader in Resource Management and a Hall of Famer
from the get-go.