Hunter graduated from Altus Junior College in 1974. His class was the last to attend AJC before the institution became Western Oklahoma State College. Hunter was also a member of the Pioneer baseball team. Hunter continued his education at Texas Tech University where he graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Physical Education participating in the baseball team and the ROTC program. In 1990 he earned a Master of Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle University.
In 1977 Hunter entered the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. His aviation career began as a navigator on the F-4 Phantom after completing his undergraduate navigator training at Mather AFB, California. In 1982 Hunter completed his undergraduate pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona, finishing as the top graduate of his class and becoming a pilot on the then-new F-16. In 1985 Hunter attended the highly competitive Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nevada, where he completed training to become an F-16 expert instructor and advisor for squadron level weapons and tactics, and subsequently was posted to Misawa, Japan, as part of the first cadre to stand up an operational F-16 fighter wing. Hunter next served at Hickam AFB, Hawaii as Chief of Surface Attack Inspection Branch with the Inspector General’s Team for the Pacific Air Forces, achieving the rank of Major.
In 1989, Hunter returned to the Fighter Weapons School as an instructor and operations officer of the F-16 division. In 1992, Hunter left active duty to serve in the active guard and reserve. He continued his career in the F-16 Reserve Component with assignments to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, New York and New Mexico Air National Guard Wings and finally as the Commander of the New Mexico Air National Guard where he achieved the rank of Brigadier General. Hunter retired with 32 years of service in 2009.
Hunter logged approximately 4000 hours of total flight time, with 3300 of them attained in the F-16 aircraft. Hunter credits baseball with instilling in him a sound work ethic, and states he would have coached baseball if he had not become a pilot.
Hunter resides with wife Cindy in Lawton, Oklahoma. They have a daughter, Aaren, and a granddaughter, AmberLea.
The event will be enhanced by dinner music provided by outstanding pianist the Honorable Clark Huey. Huey will play thematic music from the early seventies. Additional entertainment will be provided by vocalist and Western student Ashley Wheeler.