Helping Veterans get a start in aviation

Why Sponsor Aviation Training?

Together we can simultaneously increase the pilot population and help Veterans in need.

Mission

Stripes to Bars is a 501(c)(3) public charity that enables qualified veterans to earn Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates. In doing so, we assist those Veterans transition from military to civilian life, while increasing the pilot population.

Direction

Servicemembers frequently describe feeling lost during the transition from military to civilian life. Aviation can provide the necessary challenge and structure during this frequently difficult time.

Career

Previous generations heavily relied on retired and separated Veterans to fill professional pilot positions. Stripes to Bars aims to help Veterans make this transition by providing financial scholarships and mentorship.

Population

The media is full of stories highlighting the US and worldwide pilot shortage that is a result of increasing air travel and the retirement of large numbers of professional pilots. Stripes to Bars is committed to enabling our Veterans to fill this gap in both the private and professional pilot population.

Big News

Letter from the President

90% of donated funds directly create aviation scholarships

Thank you for supporting Stripes to Bars. We are a dedicated, diverse and all-volunteer team. We are lucky to have active duty and retired National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers in addition to aviation professionals, financial managers and devoted family members as part of our organization. We are excited to use 90% of donated funds to create aviation scholarships for eligible Veterans, in an effort to smooth their transition to civilian life while simultaneously working to increasing the civilian pilot population.
- Clayton Horney (President)

Our Team

Military experts, business leaders, and passionate people
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Clayton Horney

President
Calyton is a 5,100 hour Army Combat MEDEVAC Pilot. He is helicopter & fixed wing CFII / ATP certified and holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Boston University.
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Joseph McCarthy

Vice President
Chair of Finance
Joseph is an Army Combat MEDEVAC Pilot with an MBA from University of Virginia. He has previous experience at Vanguard.
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David Hill

Secretary
David is an 8,000 hour Chief Pilot and Retired Army Veteran with over 20 years of experience flying in the Army.
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Carrie Horney

Treasurer
Carrie is a Gerontology Physician in Denver. She completed Medical School and Residency at Duke University and undergraduate at Boston University.
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Marc Esposito

Chair of Marketing / Fund Raising
Marc is an Army Combat MEDEVAC Pilot and holds a B.S. in Arabic from West Point. He is currently a Major and C-12 Beechcraft / UC-35 Pilot in the Army Reserve.
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Lance Ward

Chair of Flight Schools
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Ian Schuler

Legal Advisor
Ian is Trial Attorney at Bowman and Brooke LLP. He completed his J.D. at the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.S. at Northeastern University.
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Will Pickeral

Technology Advisor
Will is a Engineer at Waymo (Google’s self-driving car project) with an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering and Theater Arts from MIT. He has previous experience at Apple and Tesla.
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Andrew Elmore

Fundraising Advisor
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Susan Walker

Advisory Board
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Craig Thighe

Support Staff
Craige is an International Falcon 7X Captain and Designated Pilot Examiner at Denver FSDO. He completed his MBA at Colorado State University.
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Jason Coley

Support Staff

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