Former Wrestler Receives Scholarship
Aug. 25, 2003
Former Air Force wrestler A.J. Werner is an Olmstead Scholarship recepient. Werner was a 1993 graduate of the Air Force Academy and a four-year letterwinner in wrestling. He graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in German.
Since leaving the Academy, upon graduation from SUPT he was a First Assignment Instructor Pilot(FAIP) at Vance Air Force Base (Enid, Okla.) After leaving Vance, he was the first FAIP selected to be a U-2 pilot. He recently left the U-2 and is in Washington, D.C., going to language school to learn Bulgarian. Following language school, he will attend the University of Sophia (Bulgaria) as an Olmsted Scholar.
The purpose of the Olmsted Scholar Program is to provide an officer with an in-depth understanding of a foreign language and culture so they will be knowledgeable and sensitive to the viewpoints and concerns of people around the world as they progress with their Air Force career. The program involves cultural immersion by an officer and their family (if applicable), as well as study at the university in the native language. Officers with demonstrated leadership and scholastic abilities are sought.