Ozzie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is one of five brothers. His life achievements are steeped in family, education and community. He is a graduate of Georgia Perimeter College where he received his Associates Degree in Business Administration. Ozzie is also a proud war veteran having served 4 years in the United States Air Force with 2 of those years spent in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
After serving, Ozzie took up interest in flying commercial airliners as a pilot and worked to become one of the first two Black American pilots to be hired on with Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) in 1984. In only a year, he earned the Captain’s seat which is the highest seat in the commercial airline industry. He flew with ASA until 1987 when he transitioned over to US Airways where he started out flying as a First Officer. Many years of diligently working the ranks and proving himself capable, he earned the Captain’s seat once again in 2006. Ozzie was not the one to stop growing so once he obtained the Captain’s seat, he wanted to be sure that he could continue to pass on his knowledge to new pilots so he applied to US Airways flight training department. He was accepted into the program and balanced the rolls of Captain and Line Check Airman for the balance of his time with the company. With more than 25,000 flight hours on record, Ozzie retired from the former US Airways but now American Airlines in 2016.
Ozzie is big on community development as he has spent over 35 years working with the ACE Program alongside his mentor, Mr. Julius J. Alexander. It is from this experience that he
decided to start his organization, Aviation Dream Weavers, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. ADW was formed to help assist minority youths who have an interest in aviation
and aerospace careers gain funding for schooling and special aviation programs.
Ozzie has received numerous awards for his service in the aviation community. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, established by President Barack Obama.
He currently serves on two boards; the ACE Program and the Griffin Region College and Career Academy (GRCCA). He and his wife Barbara currently live in the city of Griffin, GA.
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