Were someone to write Maj. Dan Rooney’s job description, it would go something like this:
He is a founding member/owner of The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Okla., a club he created 10 years ago.
A veteran of three tours in Iraq, where he flew F-16s, he is an aggressor pilot in the Air Force Reserves, spending one week a month based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida (think Viper in the movie Top Gun, the instructor who puts other pilots through their combat paces).
He also is the heart and soul behind Folds of Honor, an organization he created to fund scholarships for spouses and children of military personnel killed or seriously injured in the line of duty, a calling that has raised more than $130 million since Rooney launched it in his garage 12 years ago.
Rooney, 46, who will become Col. Dan Rooney on Oct. 1, is the world’s only PGA professional/F-16 pilot, a distinction he wears proudly.
“I’ve never met a fighter pilot whose wires aren’t a little crossed,” Rooney said.
Those wires cross in service to others, ...
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