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World Class Athlete Program (WCAP)

The Air Force World Class Athlete Program, known as WCAP is designed to allow elite athletes the opportunity to train and compete in national events to make the Olympics. Read our story

Frequently Asked Questions

What is WCAP?

The Air Force World Class Athlete Program, known as WCAP, is designed to allow elite athletes the opportunity to train and compete in national events to make the Olympics. For the duration of the time the member is in WCAP, they sole focus is to train and stay ready to compete in their respective sport.

How do I become a part of WCAP?

First, the member needs to be a part of the Air Force. Click here to learn more about what it takes to join U.S. Air Force – Find a recruiter

What are the qualifying standards to be part of the program?
What is the application consists of?

 The application consists of:

  1. AF Form 303
  2. AFPC Career Field Consultation MFR
  3. ADSC SOU
  4. NGB Endorsement Letter
  5. Benchmark Data Sheet

Please note that you may need to upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader when opening AF Form 303 pdf. 

How can I enter the military as an officer?

 The application consists of:

  1. AF Form 303
  2. AFPC Career Field Consultation MFR
  3. ADSC SOU
  4. NGB Endorsement Letter
  5. Benchmark Data Sheet

Please note that you may need to upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader when opening AF Form 303 pdf. 

How do I contact WCAP?

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2nd Lt. Brady Tomlak

Sport: Ice Hockey

Second Lieutenant Brady Tomlak is an Air Force World Class Athlete Program member currently training to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

As a member of the WCAP, Tomlak is assigned to the Air Force Services Center, Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, but currently competes for the Toledo Walley of ECHL.

Tomlak attended the U.S. Air Force Academy where he was a member of the hockey team from 2016-2020.

He was commissioned in April of 2020 where he was assigned as a Casual Lieutenant Pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base before being accepted into the WCAP. 2nd Lieutenant Brady Tomlak is entering his second season in the league after posting 22 points and appearing in 62 games his rookie season.

A1C Kelly Curtis 

Sport: Skeleton 

Airman 1st Class Kelly Curtis is a member of USA skeleton team. She  recently enlisted in the Air Force under the service’s World Class Athlete Program. This will enable her to compete in her sport now and set her up for a career in the Air Force while she is competing.

Curtis began her sporting career competing in track and field as a heptathlete.

Her track and field experience led her to skeleton. She competed for Tulane University and Springfield College in the heptathlon.

While attending graduate school at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, Curtis attended a winter sport combine one summer. From there, she was invited to a driving school where she first experienced bobsled and skeleton.

Maj. Chris Walsh 

Sport: Bobsled

Major Chris Walsh is currently a WCAP athlete assigned to Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, TX and is a member of the USA Men’s bobsled team.

Major Walsh prior assignments include serving as an Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer in Charge and Maintenance Flight Commander for the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, UK. Special Tactics officer student for the Special Tactics Training Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL. Following the training pipeline, Major Walsh was assigned to the 22d Special Tactics Squadron as a Flight Commander at Joint base Lewis-McChord, WA. Prior to being assigned to WCAP he was the Assistant Director of Operations at the 724th Operations Support Squadron at Pope Field, NC.

Major Walsh deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait in 2016 as the Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron Commander in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During this deployment he led a team of Special Tactics operators and support specialists conducting operations to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria resulting in 2,100 enemy killed in action.

Major Walsh was a two sport athlete in college as a member of the Valparaiso Football team as a wide receiver and Track and Field team as a Decathlete. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife Karen and two daughters, Kate and Izzy.  He is also active in motorsports as a race car driver in the Champ Car series and driver in multiple eSports racing series. 

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Earned two Bronze medals in the final races of the 2019 North America’s Cup in the 4 man bobsled discipline

EDUCATION:

  • 2009 Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Valparaiso University, IN
  • 2009 Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
  • 2010 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2015 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2019 Masters of Science, Sports and Health Sciences, American Military University

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. December 2009 – April 2012, Aircraft Maintenance Flight Commander, 100 AMXS, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  2. April 2012 – July 2014, Special Tactics Officer Student, STTS, Hulrburt Field, FL
  3. July 2014 – July 2018, Special Tactics Flight Commander, 22 STS, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
  4. July 2018 – May 2020, Assistant Director of Operations, 724 OSS, Pope Airfield, NC
  5. May 2020 – Present, WCAP Athlete, AFSVA, JBSA Lackland-Kly, TX

  

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  • Air Force Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • NATO Medal

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2010  Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company Grade officer of the 1st/3rd Quarter, RAF Mildenhall, UK 
  • 2010  Maintenance Group Company Grade Officer of the 3rd Quarter, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2010  Maintenance Group Company Grad Officer of Maintenance Professional of the Year, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2010  Maintenance Group Gen Lew Allen award winner, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2011  Air Refueling Wing Company Grade Officer of the 3rd Quarter, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2011  Maintenance Group Company Grade Officer of the Year, RAF Mildenhall, UK
  • 2014  Special Tactics Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
  • 2015  Special Tactics Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
  • 2015  Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2016  Team McChord Company Grade officer of the Quarter,  Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 

Capt. Dakota Lynch 

Sport:  Bobsled

Captain Dakota Lynch was a Park Ranger for the US Army Corps of Engineers for four years before receiving his commission through Officer Training School in 2013.

Capt Lynch tried out for the US Bobsled Team during the summer of 2018 and entered the World Class Athlete Program in August of 2019.

He was completing his fourth deployment in 2018 when he was approached about trying out for the US Bobsled Team as a Push Athlete.

After attending an open combine, he was invited to a Rookie Push Camp and competed in Rookie Push Championships. Afterwards, he received an invitation to National Push Championships and subsequently National Team Trials.

He placed third overall during National Team Trials and was named to Team USA’s National Team.

During his Rookie season he captured two silvers and a gold in the North American Cup and an 11th Place on the World Cup.

After joining WCAP, Capt Lynch placed 6th and 4th in National Push Championships. His sled has placed 1st and 3rd in National Team Trials.

He has been named to the National Team twice and has two 1st place, ten 2nd place, and one 3rd place finish on the North American Cup. Capt Lynch is currently on USA-3 with the goal of being one of two countries allowed qualify three quota spots in the 2022 Olympics.

Capt Lynch has completed four deployments as a pilot flying nearly 1000 combat hours in multiple AOs.

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. May 2013 – August 2014, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 71st STURON, Vance AFB, OK
  2. October 2014 – July 2015, 19th Special Operation Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
  3. July 2015 – August 2016, Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer, 34th SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL
  4. August 2016 – August 2019, Tactics Officer, 34th SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL
  5. August 2019 – Present, World Class Athlete Program Athlete, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: 

  • Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • NATO Medal

 

 Highlights:

  • 2018-2019 four-man World Cup: 11th in Lake Placid with Bascue (2/19)
  • 2018-2019 four-man North American Cup: Silver in Calgary #1 with Church (1/19), Gold in Calgary #2 with Church (1/19)
  • 2018-2019 two-man North American Cup: Silver in Calgary with Gadbois (1/19)

Capt. David Simon 

Sport: Bobsled

Captain David Simon is a USA Bobsled Push Athlete in the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, training for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China.

As a member of WCAP, he is assigned to the Air Force Services Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, but trains full time at Patrick AFB, Florida.

Simon was formerly a crew chief on the KC-135 in addition to cross training into the Voice Network System career field prior to his commission in 2011.

He received his commission from AFROTC Det 910 University of Washington. After graduation, Simon attended Undergraduate Space Training as a Space Operations Officer and received a follow-on assignment with the 45th Operations Support Squadron, Patrick AFB, Florida.

Captain Simon joined WCAP in February 2021 and started the 2021 season on the North Americas Cup Circuit.

Highlights:

  • 2021-2022 Four-man North Americas Cup: Bronze in Park City
  • 2020-2021 Four-man North Americas Cup: 2 Silver’s in Park City
  • 2020-2021 Four-man North Americas Cup: Bronzes in Park City

2nd. Lt. William (Billy) Christopoulus 

Sport: Hockey

2nd. Lt. Billy Christopoulos, netminder, started his professional career with Hershey’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays, winning his only game with the Stingrays on Nov. 17, 2019. He would join the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye later that month and turned in an impressive first pro season, going 23-3-3 over 29 games with Toledo. His .932 save percentage led the ECHL and he was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.

Christopoulos signed a PTO with the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights in 2021. The Raleigh, North Carolina native played at the Air Force Academy from 2015-19. In 93 career NCAA games, he went 42-35-11 with a 2.29 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage, and eight shutouts. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s (AHA) Goaltender of the Year in 2018 and 2019. He was also names AHA All tournament team and tournament MVP in 2018.  He was a part of the Falcons trip to back to back NCAA Elite Eights in 2017 and 2018, and named to NCAA All tournament team in 2018.

Christopoulos has two older brothers both of which are former Collegiate athletes and current Firefighters in the Raleigh Fire Department.

2024 SUMMER OLYMPIC CONTENDERS
2nd Lt. Singleton-Comfort WCAP

2nd Lt. Singleton- Comfort

Sport: Fencing

Second Lieutenant Singleton- Comfort is an Air Force World Class Athlete Program member currently training to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. 

Singleton-Comfort recently completed her four years at the Academy, graduating with the class of 2020.  During that time, she qualified for the NCAA’s three times (four total, including one year at UC San Diego) and earned All-American honors three times.  In addition, Singleton-Comfort is a two-time NCAA West Regional/Western Fencing Conference women’s saber Champion (2017 and 2020).

Notable: 
– Four-time NCAA Championship Qualifier
– 2020 NCAA West Regional/Western Conference Saber Champion (went 10-0 in head-to-head bouts).
– Three-time All-American in saber (2018-19 & 2019-20 at Air Force and 2015-16 at UC San Diego).
– Third-Team All-American in 2019 with 11th place finish at NCAAs.
– 2020 USFCA All-American First Team.
– 2020 USFCA All-West Region First Team.
– 2020 Air Force Academy Athletic Excellence Award recipient (USAFA Athletics Top 6 Award).
– Is just the fifth women’s All-American and second in saber at Air Force.
– 2016-17 NCAA Regional/Western Fencing Conference women’s saber Champion.
– 195-46 all-time record at Air Force.

2019-20: Team Captain … NCAA qualifier in women’s saber … 2020 NCAA West Regional/Western Conference Women’s Saber Champion (went 10-0 in head-to-head bouts) … 48-8 record … went undefeated 11 times in team bout competition … runner-up at December NAC out of a field of 105 … USFCA All-American First-Team … USFCA All-West Region First Team … team MVP.

2018-19: Competed in several NACs, but took remainder of season off from competition to preserve senior eligibility for 2019-20 season … December NAC Saber Champion, going 11-0 in her bouts in Cincinnati … placed 5th in Saber at January NAC in Charlotte.

2017-18 (Sophomore Academic/Junior competition): Posted 93-21 record … 2019 All-American with 11th place finish at NCAA Championships (Third Team) … won 13 bouts at NCAAs … placed second at NCAA West Regional with 7-1 record … went undefeated 19 times, including eight straight 3-0 bouts at one point in season … placed third in senior women’s saber at Nick Toth Open … placed 8th in women’s saber at October NAC … placed 37th in women’s Div. I saber at December NAC … placed 38th in women’s Div. I saber at January NAC … finished seventh at USA Fencing Nationals, falling in semifinals to national champion Mariel Zagunis … Team MVP.

2016-17 (Freshman Academic/Sophomore competition): Posted 54-17 record to lead team in wins … 2017 NCAA Regional/Western Fencing Conference Women’s Saber Champion … Placed 14th at NCAA’s with 14-9 record … Team MVP … champion of women’s saber at Nick Toth Invite … finished eighth at October NAC in women’s saber … 37th at December NAC in women’s Div. I saber … 38th at January NAC in women’s Div. I saber … 13-2 at Duke Invite … 27-6 at Northwestern Invite … Team MVP.

A1C Evans

Sport: Modern Pentathlon

Airman 1st Class Tyler Evans is a modern pentathlete and member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, training for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

He was a NCAA Division I swimmer for Canisius College in Buffalo, NY from 2011-2014. 

Post graduation, Evans  became a professional triathlete. From 2015-2018 he raced as a professional triathlete in both Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons. In 2017, he was drafted for the first Major League Triathlon series held in the United States.

In 2018, A1C Evans shifted his focus to modern pentathlon. The same year, he qualified for the U.S. Modern Pentathlon National Team. In 2019 and 2021, A1C Evans qualified for the Modern Pentathlon World Championships. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July of 2021. His first assignment will be Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO as an Aerospace Physiologist.A1C Evans will be training at the U.S. Air Force Academy facilities full time leading up to the Olympic Games.

   

Are You Ready to Compete With the Best?

Here’s How:

  • Submit an Air Force (AF) Form 303 (Request for USAF Specialized Sports Training) by e-mail or by mail.
  • The Air Force Fitness and Sports office will forward the application to the United States Olympic Committee to verify your potential for making the Olympic team in your sport.

If you are accepted into the World Class Athlete Program, a PCS move may be required to locate you closer to the national team coaches and training facilities. The program starts two years prior to each Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

AF Form 303 Completion Instructions: 

  1. Download AF Form 303 here.
  2. Select your Sports from the drop-down box.
  3. Page 1: Fill in the highlighted fields (SSN is not required). In sections III & IV, include awards accolades received that pertain to the sport for which you are applying. 
  4. Page 2: All signature fields must be electronically signed. Athlete completes sections V & VI and signs. Supervisor completes and signs in section VII. Commander completes and signs in section VIII. Section IX is for WCAP applicants only. Fitness Center Director completes and signs section X. Section XI leave blank. 
  5. After obtaining appropriate signatures, athlete uploads to the MyPers website here.