AFAS Staff

Lieutenant General John D. Hopper, Jr., USAF (Ret)

Lt Gen Hopper is the Chief Executive Officer for Air Force Aid Society. In this role, he oversees an annual budget of $20 million and manages an endowment of more than $140 million. Hopper retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005, after more than 35 years of distinguished service. Prior to retirement, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas.

Hopper’s military assignments included: Commander, 21st Air Force; Director of Operations for Air Mobility Command; Vice Director of Logistics for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy. He commanded four wings to include the 1660th Tactical Airlift Wing (Provisional), Thumrait, Oman during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Hopper has experience in more than 10 different USAF aircraft.

Hopper received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and earned a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Just prior to his retirement from active duty, he was inducted into the military Order of the Sword. In addition to these and numerous other awards, Gen Hopper holds the distinction of being the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be promoted to flag rank.

Colonel Linda F. Egentowich, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Linda F. Egentowich (Ret) Entered the US Air Force periods after graduating from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC in 1979. Egentowich served in various career fields including Acquisition, Logistics, Protocol and MWR & Services throughout base, NAF, MAJCOM and AF levels. Most notably, she served as a Services Squadron Commander at Seymour Johnson AFB and Langley AFB, as well as a Deputy Support Group Commander at Ellsworth AFB and Mission Support Group Commander at Kirtland AFB.  Prior to her retirement from active duty Air Force service in 2007, she served as Deputy for Air Force Services at the Pentagon. Egentowich joined Air Force Aid Society in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. As part of the Executive Staff team, she is responsible for managing the Society’s emergency assistance, education and community enhancement programs and budgets for those programs.

Colonel Sidney R. Heetland, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Sidney R. Heetland (Ret) Entered the US Air Force periods after graduating from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1976.  Heetland held a wide variety of assignments within the Comptroller field with extensive experience in Budget and Analysis responsibilities at base, F-16 and F-22 System Program Offices, MAJCOM, HQ USAF, USSOCOM and the Joint Staff.  Prior to his retirement from active duty Air Force service in 2006, Heetland served as the CFO for the Air Force Services Agency responsible for all USAF Non-appropriated Funds and managing an investment portfolio of over $850 million.  He is a 1997 graduate of the Air War College.  Heetland joined Air Force Aid Society in October 2006 as Chief Financial Officer.  As part of the Executive Staff team, he oversees all financial aspects of running the Society, including management of an investment portfolio of more than $180 million.

Geoffrey Perkins

Geoffrey Perkins serves as the Chief Information Officer for Air Force Aid Society. He is a senior executive with a strong background in all aspects of information technology, project development, mergers and acquisitions, and related financings, securities, and corporate representation. Prior to supporting AFAS, Perkins enjoyed a successful career in senior management, technical and project management positions in leadership positions within the Air Force and Department of Defense. Perkins is a retired Air Force officer.