Brian Mork ’83

Brian Mork ’83 retired this fall as a colonel after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force that included both active duty and reserve service. After obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, he spent 10 years as a full-time Air Force pilot, including nuclear-alert duty before the Berlin Wall was taken down and flying during the first night of the 1991 Gulf War. After teaching at
the Air Force Academy, where he mentored the design and launch of the first cadet satellite into space, he continued his career as a reservist, serving as a pilot, flight-test engineer, electronic-warfare expert, remote-sensing and radio-program manager, and aircraft cyber-resiliency consultant. While a reservist, he pursued a civilian career as an engineer, entrepreneur,
computer programmer and flight-weapons tester. He was also at Hope for two years as a resident director and member of the chemistry faculty before taking a position at the Air Force Test Pilot School and ultimately the Air
Force Research Laboratory headquarters. He anticipates that his civilian work will continue. In addition, he and his wife, Rosanne, who was on the Hope dance faculty and a resident director at the college for more than 10 years, are raising their six-year-old daughter while helping people spiritually grow in the tradition of Spurgeon, Chambers, Lewis, Schaeffer and other supradenominational leaders. A pre-publication transcript of their recent book is available at

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