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Isaac LongIsaac Long, LT, USN (Ret.)
BS ’03, Speech Communication
2017 Horizon Award

In his young career, Isaac Long has demonstrated a strong determination to succeed.

As a child, Long dreamed of being a fighter pilot and he became one of the U.S. Navy’s best. He graduated at the top of his class in all three phases of flight training.

From 2007-10, he was assistant operations officer for Strike Fighter Squadron 105 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He directed the training of 20 pilots, executed more than 700 events and was recognized with the LTJG William Clinton Niedecken Memorial Award for selfless dedication to the betterment of the squadron. His commanding officer, J.D. Christie, described Long as ““a person of the deepest integrity with an unstoppable commitment to excellence.”

In 2010, Long became a TOPGUN instructor, training and mentoring more than 200 pilots at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School in Fallon, Nevada. While there, he was hand-selected to represent TOPGUN among the Air Force, Marines and partnering countries in the F-35 tactics development process. He also helped co-write the first F-35 Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Manual.

Brad Dickey of the Center for Naval Analyses, Clarendon, Virginia, wrote that Long’s call sign as a pilot was “Alice.” He explained that the nicknames often were derived from a foolish act or the pilot’s character. “Isaac’s is derived from Alice, the housekeeper in the Brady Bunch, because he quietly but effectively cleans up the messes of others,” Dickey wrote in his recommendation.

Long’s military honors include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the VFA 105 Pilot of the Year.

In 2015, Long’s career took another path. He joined the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant, advising large companies undergoing major changes to their business operations. Last year, he earned his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Long met his wife, Dynelle (Volesky) Long, BS ’04, environmental design, BArch ’04, architecture, while they attended NDSU. They have three children – Evey, Amelia and Oliver. They live in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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