ALUMNI PROFILE Law Watson White (LLB ’50) of Marietta re-retired at age 91 as a judge in Cobb County. Luis Aguilar (JD ’79) of Atlanta received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award after being selected by the Falcons. James E. Brim III (JD ’79) of Gainesville became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mark McDonald (JD ’82) of Atlanta was elected chair of the National Trust Partners Network and will serve as an ex-officio member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s board. James Sibold (JD ’82) of Dunwoody received the Distinguished Service Award for 2011 from the Employee Relocation Council of America. David Darden (JD ’83) of Kennesaw was elected president of the Council of State Court Judges and was appointed to serve on the Code of Judicial Conduct Revision Committee. Richard Greenberg (JD ’83) of Tallahassee, Fla., was selected as a super lawyer in the field of criminal defense for the sixth consecutive year. Thomas C. Chubb III (JD ’89) of Atlanta was named president of Oxford Industries. Toby Clarkson (JD ’96) of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, purchased Boothbay Family Dentistry. Cheri Grosvenor (JD ’96) of Atlanta received the Jacobs Bowl Volunteer Award from the United States Tennis Association Southern Section for her pro bono work as legal counsel for USTA Southern and the BB&T Atlanta Open. Lee B. Garrett (JD ’99) of Marietta was named general manager of the Marietta Daily Journal. Harold “Hal” Davis Jr. (JD ’00), wife Anna Watkins Davis (JD ’99) and daughter Ella welcomed Magdalene “Maggie” Jackson Davis April 4. Pharmacy Briana Baxley (PharmD ’04) and Brett Aycock married Aug. 18. Social Work John Paul Ezeonyido (MSW ’11) of Lilburn is the pastor of Christ Our Hope.
World traveler Alumnus flies C-17 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force by Chase Martin
Few people can say they’ve been to each of SPECIAL the seven continents. Even Brian Dodson fewer can say they flew there themselves. Maj. Brian Dodson (BBA ’02) is one of the few. A pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Dodson flies Boeing C-17s, large military transport planes. Dodson was commissioned into the Air Force as a second lieutenant the day he graduated from Georgia. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from flight school and was able to choose which aircraft he would fly. “My dad was in the Air Force too, and I remember him telling me that if I chose to go fly for Air Mobility Command, I would get to see the world,” Dodson says. He started his first C-17 assignments in Charleston, S.C., completing missions that took him across the Atlantic. He also worked as an executive officer for a squadron commander, taking on leadership roles and responsibilities. After five years in Charleston, Dodson was reassigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash., where he flew similar missions, serving the Pacific area and working as a flight commander. As his father told him, he has been able to see the world. “I’ve done everything you can possibly think of in a C-17, and it’s taken me all around the world,” he says, noting his favorite stops—Argentina, Kenya, South Africa and New Zealand. He’s even been to Antarctica, where he runs supply missions for Operation Deep Freeze, flying in equipment, supplies and personnel. “It’s a surreal moment when you fly in and touch down on an ice runway,” he says. “It was one of the coolest missions.” Many of Dodson’s missions are airdrops, in which he delivers supplies to ground-based units. “The scariest, but yet coolest mission was an airdrop in Afghanistan, in these valleys between really high terrain, ” he says. His plane descended to a couple of thousand feet with mountains on either side. He made the drop, then had to make an aggressive climb to clear the cliffs. “Flying is just part of it, though. I’ve been really fortunate to do a lot of cool things in the C-17,” Dodson says. “I flew Vice President Biden to the first match of the 2010 World Cup in Pretoria, South Africa.” He also has flown the secretary of state and the secretary of defense. His latest missions, however, have him on the ground. Dodson is an instructor at the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., where he will remain for a couple of years before returning to missions. “It’s a stark change from what I’ve been doing. But at the same time, I bring a lot of experience, so I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “But I’ll always love flying.”
MARCH 2013 • GEORGIA MAGAZINE
Published on Nov 15, 2013