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Captain Donnie L. Cochran

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Manager, Aviation Program

Phone: (404) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Coca-Cola Company
One Coca Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
United States

Company Description: The Coca-Cola Company is a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world. Finished beverage products bearing...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • bachelor's degree , Civil Engineering Technology
  • master's degree , Human Resource Management and the United States Air Force Air War College
    Troy State University
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SSU JAX CHAPTER
www.ssujaxchapter.com, 28 July 2009 [cached]
United States Navy Captain (Retired) Donnie L. Cochran, a graduate of Savannah State, will deliver the commencement address. A native of Pelham, Ga., Cochran earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a commission in the United States Navy in 1976. His academic achievements include graduating from Troy State University with a master's degree in Human Resource Management and the United States Air Force Air War College with a diploma in National Security and International Studies. Currently, Cochran is employed at Coca Cola Aviation Department as the group manager of Flight Operation Support and as a captain on the Gulf Stream V aircraft. Prior to joining Coca Cola, Cochran worked for United Parcel Services (UPS) as a flight training supervisor and as a captain onboard the Boeing 727 aircraft. Cochran became part of the civilian aviation industry in December 2000 with experience gained from his 24-year aviation career with the U.S. Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain in November 2000. His Navy career included duty as a fighter pilot, flying the RF-8 and F-14A from the decks of the aircraft carriersUSS Nimitz, USS Coral Sea, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Enterprise and the USS Ranger. Cochran's distinguished career also included two tours with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels. In 1985, he was honored by his selection as the first African-American pilot to fly with the Blue Angels. In 1994, he became the first African-American pilot to command the famous squadron. During his tours as a Blue Angel pilot, he flew over 2,200 hours in more than 300 air shows before over 30 million spectators throughout the United States and Canada. He has also served as the professor of Naval Science at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla., with cross-town enrollment for students at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. During his final assignment, Cochran served as the Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, second in command of over 7,000 people at over 1500 locations around the nation and abroad. He is a command pilot with ratings and experience in nine types of aircraft and over 5,450 hours of flight time. The numerous awards and honors bestowed upon Cochran include the Distinguish Graduate Award from Savannah State University, Black Engineer of the Year for 1989, the Legion of Merit Medal, (3) Meritorious Medals, Navy Commendation Medal and Air Medal.
Dougherty County School System Update
thealbanyjournal.com [cached]
Captain Donnie Cochran, a retired Naval Aviator and Commander of the Blue Angels, spoke to students from Sherwood Acres Elementary, Albany Middle, and Albany High Schools on February 16. Cochran, who is from Pelham, became the first African American member of the Blue Angels precision flying team. The meeting was held at Albany High School and broadcast live to Sherwood Acres Elementary School in a video conference format.
Sixty students from Albany Middle and Albany High Schools met in the Albany High Media Center while the fourth graders at Sherwood Acres sat in their cafeteria to listen to Captain Cochran's presentation. He showed video and used flying analogies to demonstrate his message of using hard work, intense self-study, managing energy, and having fun to be successful in life. Later that day, Cochran visited Sherwood Acres Elementary and spoke to the fifth graders. He enjoyed taking questions from students and is intent on motivating students to reach for their dreams. He currently manages the Aviation Department at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Both students and staff enjoyed his powerful message and the example he sets through his impressive accomplishments.
Preserved US Military Aircraft
www.coastcomp.com, 3 Nov 2005 [cached]
COMMANDER DONNIE COCHRAN, U.S. NAVY
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
www.nrotc.com, 28 Aug 2007 [cached]
Captain Donnie L. Cochran, USN (Ret) (SSU '76)
A 1976 graduate of Savannah State, Captain Donnie L. Cochran is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with over 24 years of aviation experience.His career accomplishments include two tours with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as The Blue Angels.
He was the first African-American pilot selected to fly with the Blue Angels, and the first African-American pilot selected to command the Blue Angels.
During his tours as a Blue Angel pilot, he flew over 2,200 hours in more than 300 air shows before over 30 million spectators throughout the United States and Canada. During his final assignment he served as the Deputy Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, second in command of over 7,000 people at over 1500 locations around the nation and abroad.
black engineers and technologists
www.blackengineer.com, 26 Jan 2002 [cached]
Captain Donnie Cochran (U.S. Navy, Ret.)Flight EngineerUnited Parcel Service
When he was named Black Engineer of the Year in 1989, Lt.Cmdr.Donnie Cochran was the first Black pilot to fly with the Navy's famed Blue Angels.He later commanded the team from 1994 to 1996."It's a long way from a farm in rural Georgia to membership in the Blue Angels," USBE & IT wrote in 1989."But their first Black pilot, Lieutenant Commander Donnie Cochran, believes that to succeed at either requires similar qualities -- discipline, preparation, self-confidence, teamwork."
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