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About the Team

Meet the crew hard at work to further the mission of the CAF Red Tail Squadron!

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CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader and P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen Pilot
Bill Shepard
Bill Shepard is the Squadron Leader of the CAF Red Tail Squadron as well as a P-51C Mustang pilot for the organization. He also serves as the Vice President of Education for the CAF. Bill has been an outstanding volunteer and advocate for the organization since 2009, piloting the Squadron’s P-51C Mustang around the country and speaking to thousands about the importance of the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. He holds a degree in Industrial Management and has over 20 years of previous experience in the automotive and aerospace industries. In addition to his service to the CAF Red Tail Squadron, he has held leadership positions with the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Tuskegee Airmen National Museum and the Urban Pilots Network.
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Marketing Director
LaVone Kay
Since 2006, United States Air Force veteran LaVone Kay has managed the core activities of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, including program development, fundraising, marketing, merchandizing and customer support. Beginning with the CAF Minnesota Wing, where the CAF Red Tail Squadron was born, she played a leading role in coordinating the fundraising to initially restore the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, and was the Marketing Committee Chairman of the Wings of Freedom Air Show. LaVone is also the cofounder of Voila! Media Group, a full service multimedia and marketing company, specializing in executive management, sales, marketing, project management, creative direction and design. LaVone is passionate about the Squadron’s mission and has enjoyed the privilege of working closely with original Tuskegee Airmen as the program has grown.
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Senior Logistics Coordinator
Kristi Younkin
Kristi Younkin is a longtime CAF Red Tail Squadron volunteer. As a project management and process improvement professional, she brings leadership acumen as well as a passion for aviation to her role as Senior Logistics Coordinator. Kristi holds a private pilots license, has experience organizing air shows, is a volunteer with the CAF B-29 Squadron and manages public relations for Younkin Airshows, in which her husband Matt flies an aerobatic routine in a Twin Beech.
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RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit Tour Managers
Terry and Jeanette Hollis
For 9 months out of the year, husband and wife team Terry and Jeanette Hollis are on the road, transporting the inspirational RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater not only to air shows, but many of off-tarmac events, including schools, museums and community events. They seamlessly ensure the safe delivery, set-up and showing of the Traveling Exhibit and make sure that guests get the most out of their experience. Prior to joining the CAF Red Tail Squadron, Terry and Jeanette were transporting the Negro Leagues Baseball Tour, part of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and were excited to join the CAF Red Tail Squadron in 2011 to support its mission. Hailing from Alabama and Mississippi, the Hollis’ understand how the history of the Tuskegee Airmen played a large role in the area where they are from, and are proud to be a part of the Squadron’s unique educational outreach effort.
Volunteer Coordinator
Ken Mist
Professional aviation photographer Ken Mist has been a supporter of the CAF Red Tail Squadron since 2012 and presently serves as the group’s Volunteer Coordinator. Ken’s experience includes working at many air shows around the United States and Canada, first as a volunteer and then as chairman of the organizing committee for a static show in support of the Canadian Air & Space Museum. He is a 36-year veteran of global logistics industry and now spends his time helping and encouraging others to work towards fulfilling the Squadron’s mission to educate audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Public Relations Coordinator
Darcy Castro
Darcy Castro came to the CAF Red Tail Squadron in 2012 with a flair for aviation and a deep commitment to non-profit and service-based organizations. She has had the privilege of being a contributing writer and reporter to several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, and is a 20-year veteran of the public relations industry. Outside of the office, Darcy prides herself on being a mother of four and Air Force wife, and enjoys providing pro-bono resume reviews and editing for members of the military making the transition to the civilian workforce.

P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen Pilots:

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Brad Lang
CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C pilot and former Squadron Leader Brad Lang has a unique distinction – he is the son of an original Tuskegee Airman. The influence of his father’s military service along with his fascination with the sport of model aviation and seeing an airshow as a young person drove Lang to pursue his a private pilot’s license. He is a graduate of Beloit College and Purdue University’s aviation program. Lang’s professional experience includes serving as a flight instructor before moving on to the airlines, and he currently flies with Delta Air Lines. He joined the CAF after competing at the National Aerobatics Championship and shifting his volunteer service to honoring the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, serving with the Squadron since its inception.
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Alan Miller
Influenced by his father’s service in the Navy and affinity for aviation, CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang pilot Alan Miller grew up around airplanes, and decided to make a career of it. His professional experience has encompassed being a certified flight instructor, flying freight, giving air tours and piloting commercial aircraft with the airlines. He is currently an international pilot for Delta Air Lines, flying the Airbus A330. An avid CAF member, Miller also flies the B-25J Miss Mitchell with the CAF Minnesota Wing, alongside his father Bill in the cockpit. A true family affair, his son also recently began flying a B-25. Miller makes his volunteer service for the CAF Red Tail Squadron a priority because he is dedicated to inspiring young people to achieve their dreams by sharing with them the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
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Doug Rozendaal
Doug Rozendaal has worn many hats since the humble beginnings of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. He has served as project leader, Squadron leader, P-51C Mustang pilot and Squadron coordinator, and has been a member of the CAF since 1989. His leadership has played a pivotal role in the formation and ongoing success of the Squadron and its mission. He paved his own way to a career in aviation and has logged more than 10,000 hours in the air flying more than 170 different types of aircraft. As a certified warbird pilot, he has flown a P-51 Mustang, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat, P-40, TBM, Zero, DC-3, PBY Catalina, BT-13, T-6, T-28 trainers, as well as the CAF’s B-25 bomber Miss Mitchell. Rozendaal is the owner of PetroBlend, an independent lubricant blender and distributor of automotive, heavy duty, agricultural and industrial lubricants.
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Paul Stojkov
Paul Stojkov, CAF Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang pilot, started flying gliders at the age of 13 and was flying single-engine aircraft by the time he was in high school. While still a teenager he earned his a private and multi-engine rating, and shortly after achieving instrument and commercial ratings. He went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University. Stojkov has flown for a charter flight operation, commuter airline, UPS, Continental and then United Airlines, where he continues to fly today. He has been with the Squadron since 2007, joining the organization to support the founders’ vision to share the important inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen with audiences everywhere.