Walter has been an Aero Club of Buffalo member since 1990, a board member since 2010 and a past president. He worked as an engineer in Western New York from 1979 to 2020 at four different aerospace firms, retiring recently as a business development manager in the Moog Space and Defense Group. He is also retired from a parallel 30-year career in the Air Force Reserve, serving as commander of the 328th Airlift Squadron and 914th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, New York. Colonel Gordon is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and has over 2,000 hours of flying time in the C-130. Walter has a long-time interest in aerospace and aerospace history, joining the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at age 17 and currently serving as chairman of the Niagara Frontier Section and deputy chair of the History Committee. He is also the chairman of the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame nominating committee and a past president of the Niagara Aerospace Museum. He has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College.