As a four-year letterwinner with the Air Force men's gymnastics team, Lt. Col. Chuck Schweiss enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Falcons. In addition to handling the day-to-day training of the gymnasts, Schweiss also serves as an instructor at the Academy, teaching boxing, racquetball and unarmed combat.
Schweiss joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard following his graduation from high school. Entering the Air Force Academy in 1978, Schweiss spent four years as a member of the men's gymnastics program and served as team captain during his senior year. Schweiss graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.
After undergraduate pilot training, he served as a T-38 instructor at Williams AFB, Ariz., prior to being selected for Pilot Instructor duty at Randolph AFB, Texas. Schweiss also flew the F-16 during a tour at Ramstein AB, Germany, completing over 30 combat missons in support of Operation Provide Comfort over Northern Iraq.
Schweiss separated from active duty in 1992, but continued to support the Academy as a liaison officer. He also served as an operations officer for the National Guard Marksmanship Training Unit and worked as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee with the Air Mobility Command Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott AFB, Ill.
After 20 years of service, he retired from the military in 2000. Four years later, Schweiss re-entered the Air Force Reserve and began his current tour at the Air Force Academy. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 2006.
A senior pilot with over 1600 hours in the T-38 and over 800 hours in the F-16C, Schweiss also recorded over 7000 hours as a pilot with United Airlines. He is married to Lt. Col. (ret.) Susan Schweiss. They currently live in Monument, Colo., with their two children, Erik (15) and Sarah (13).