Steve Owens was born in Gore Oklahoma, and grew up playing football in Miami, OK. He attended the University of Oklahoma from 1965 to 1969 and like other male students of his time was active in the Army ROTC program. On the football field, he became OU’s all time leading scorer with 55 touchdowns and the 3rd overall career rusher with 4,041 yards. He was a two-time All American and winner of the 1969 Heisman Trophy. Owens was drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions in 1970 in the first round and in 1971 became the first Lion to rush for over 1,000 yards and made a pro bowl appearance. Owens went on to serve as the OU Athletic Director in the 1990′s and is still very active on campus and in the Norman community. He is currently the CEO of Steve Owens and Associates and is the founder of the Norman and Miami Public Schools foundations as well as the Steve Owens Foundation benefiting the Thunderbird Clubhouse a recovery center for adults living with mental illness. Steve is an active member of the OU Football Letterman’s Association, and a strong supporter of the Army ROTC Department.
LTC (Ret.) Wally Johnson is currently Director, Mentor-Protg Program (MPP), and Deputy Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Program Mason Enterprise Center for Regional Analysis and Entrepreneurship, George Mason University located in Fairfax, Virginia. As director of MPP, his office provides third party developmental assistance to major prime contractors in support of the Department of Defense Pilot Mentor-Protg Program.
He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU), and was commissioned through the OU Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1961. Additionally, Mr. Johnson was only the second African-American to ever receive a football scholarship at OU, enjoying a successful football tenure and achieving the highest GPA of any student athlete his sophomore year. Mr. Johnson earned a masters degree in business administration (MBA) from Alabama A&M University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (USACGSC), an accredited graduate level institution.
During his twenty-three (23) years of active military duty, he served in numerous leadership and staff assignments in the United States and Overseas (Germany, Vietnam and Korea). Mr. Johnson has held positions of significant responsibility and authority in infantry, special operations, and ordnance specializing in missile and munitions materiel management on staff at a major command headquarters level. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Since his retirement in 1985, Mr. Johnson has more than 22 years experience with industry in business development manager, program management, senior systems analyst, and strategic planner for a major multi-national corporation, Pentastar Electronics, a Chrysler Company; Automation Research Systems, CAS, Inc. a small business and academia. Mr. Johnson has also served as the lead author and instructor for the Deployment, A Commander Perspective and Advanced Logistics Management courses at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Lastly, prior to retirement he was the Chief, Materiel and Logistics Systems Division at the USA Missile and Munitions Center and School.
Awards and decorations earned by Mr. Johnson include the Bronze Star Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He is a Senior Parachutist and Special Forces Qualified. He has also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam gallantry Cross with Palm and the Vietnamese Jump Wings. Mr. Johnson is married and has four grown children, two boys, two girls, and three granddaughters.
Bill Ford is a native of Shawnee, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma from 1961 to 1965 and was active in the Army ROTC program. He received a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from OU and accepted his commission as a Field Artillery officer in 1965. Additionally, he was a left fielder on the OU baseball team and is a proud member of the OU Lettermans’ Club. Bill served in Korea and then as an instructor at Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Mr. Ford is an executive member of the Field Artillery Association, member of the Shawnee Rotary Club, member of the OU Army Alumni Association, deacon at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, and a former Scoutmaster and District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Ford is currently the President of the Shawnee Milling Company and remains active in his community. He is married to Nancy Jayne Ford and they are the parents of three grown children and have two grandchildren.
BG Costilow graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery on 4 August 1968.
BG Costilow’s previous assignments include: Aviation Platoon Leader, 243rd Aviation Company, Republic of Vietnam Aviation Platoon Leader, 154th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, Oklahoma;Flight Operations Officer, 178th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Flight Scheduling Officer, 178th Aviation Company, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Control Group (Reinforcement); Pilot OH-58, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade, Edmond, Oklahoma; Pilot OH-58, Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade, Lexington, Oklahoma; Section Commander, Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade, Lexington, Oklahoma; Helicopter Pilot, Detachment; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade, Lexington, Oklahoma; Brigade Aviation Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade, Lexington, Oklahoma; Airfield Commander, Headquarters, State Area Command, Lexington, Oklahoma; Aviation Executive Officer, Troop Command (Aviation), Norman, Oklahoma; Aviation Commander, Troop Command (Aviation), Norman, Oklahoma; S-3 Air, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Liaison Officer, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Director, Information Management, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Chief, Information Management Officer, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; State Aviation Officer, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, State Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
BG Costilow’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal;Air Medal (with Bronze Numeral #16);Army Commendation Medal; Army Reserve Component;Achievement Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster); National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star);Vietnam Service Medal (with three Bronze Service Stars); Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass); Army Service Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 60 Device);Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (with Palm Device)