Rob Akers Bibliography
Born on April 6, 1969 in Little Rock, Arkansas and he moved with his family to Collierville, Tennessee in 1979. Graduated from Collierville High School in 1987 and attending Arkansas State University graduating in 1991. While at Arkansas State, Rob was a resident advisor for two years, heavily involved in intermural sports and serving as the Indian Mascot in 1991. He graduated with a B.S. in Psychology.
Following graduation he decided on a career in aviation. Visiting the Air Force recruiter in June 1991, he was told that he would never be an Air Force Pilot because his grades were too low (2.2 GPA/2.5 GPA in his major), he had never flown an airplane before and because the military was cutting back following the first Gulf War. Undaunted, Rob began his journey to prove the recruiter wrong and in the process achieve his dream. He worked for six months on a dock in Memphis loading/unloading trucks earning money to begin his flight lessons. In November 1991, he went to Kennett, Missouri to live with his grandmother and to learn to fly at the local airport. In February 1992, he had earned his Private Pilot License.
Complete with his pilot license, he began the second phase of his journey. Enrolling at the University of Memphis in an effort to prove he was able to find success in the academic world. After completing a year undergraduate studies, a year of Graduate School complete with a 3.7 GPA, and earning his Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot License he returned to the Air Force recruiter’s office ready to prove the world wrong. A new recruiter accepted his application and he entered a brave new world. He met his first pilot selection board in September 1995 and was rejected for a pilot position. The next board was scheduled to meet in January 1996 but Rob pressed forward on his own plan. He called every Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Unit in the country and within a month, he had scheduled 6 interviews. The first one was Charleston, West Virginia in October. He was hired that weekend to fly C-130 aircraft and sworn into the Air Force in December 1995.
Starting pilot training in May 1996 just as he completed the requirements for a Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum Design. Training at several Air Force bases and a Navy base he earned his Wings from Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in March 1998. During the next 9 years, he upgraded in minimal time from Co-Pilot, to Aircraft Commander to Instructor Pilot. Flying to 5 different continents, over 30 countries and 45 US states, his mission was complete but the trek was ongoing. He served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq during those 9 years earning 4 Air Medals, 2 Aerial Achievement Medals and 2 Meritorious Service Medals in additional to several others. In 2004, while he was in the Air Guard, he was hired at FedEx as a pilot. Spending all 9 years on the 727, he has worked from the Flight Engineer seat, First Officer seat and is currently a Captain on the jet. In 2007, he separated from the Air Guard in part because he found that he was no longer evolving. He had lost his passion and true to his core he knew it was time to let someone else have his seat.
Personally, he met the former Donetta Copley of Huntington, West Virginia in late August 2000. They dated on and off for the next two years until Rob got his act straight. They married July 5th 2002. Their daughter was born on June 21st 2004 and their son on August 27th 2007. They have two dogs and a cat; making their home in Culloden, West Virginia. He now serves the country in the roles of Husband, Father, Friend, Neighbor, and Tax Payer.
Dedicated, Loyal, Enduring, Hardworking and more than his fair share of Humanity he keeps his eyes focused on the final goal. He has tried to live his life by example, never telling others what to do but showing them by actions. His writing ideology follows this simple philosophy and his writing interests include the military, real sports, fantasy sports, movies, music, books, aviation, family matters and life issues. He is an unashamed Christian, patriot and his love for Arkansas State University is second to none.
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