Dwayne “SPIKE” Booker

Lead Speaker

Dwayne“SPIKE” Booker currently serves as the Chief Training Officer for Afterburner.

He is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse background in aviation, leadership, and community engagement. As the Chief Training Officer for Afterburner, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role. His impressive journey from a physics graduate to a distinguished military pilot showcases his dedication and commitment to Excellence.

Spike’s professional background showcases his remarkable expertise and career journey. With 2500+ flight hours in diverse aircraft, including the F15E, T38A/C, T6, and Airbus A320, Spike demonstrates outstanding aviation proficiency. Commissioned through ROTC in 2010 with a Physics degree from Morehouse College, he became a First Assignment Instructor Pilot after pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base. Spike’s commitment to national defense is evident through combat experience, completing F15E Strike Eagle flight school, joining the 335th Fighter Squadron, and deploying for Operation Inherent Resolve.

As Director of Operations for the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron, he excelled in leadership, overseeing adversary air replication for the F22 Formal Training unit. Additionally, he continues to serve in the Florida Air National Guard, collaborating closely with NORAD & U.S. Northern Command in homeland defense.

Motivated Community Servant, Combat Veteran, and Inspirational Leader

Spike resides in Georgia, with his wife and two daughters. Outside of his professional commitments, he enjoys various outdoor activities such as travel, boating, golf, and recreational sports. He also channels his wealth of experiences into motivating youth through public speaking and community outreach. Spike’s remarkable journey, coupled with his expertise and dedication, make him a compelling speaker who can inspire and engage audiences across various domains.

Dwayne “Spike” Booker on stage in a flight suit speaking to the audience