Cliff Gaston – Senior Volunteer Development Advisor
Cliff Gaston grew up in Carmel, California; Maplewood, New Jersey; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1960 he returned to the United States to attend Valley Forge Military Academy, graduating in 1964.
He joined the US Army in 1965. After spending a year in Germany, he served two combat tours in Vietnam separated by duty in Panama and Fort Eustis, VA.
He joined the California Army National Guard in 1975, was reassigned to the US Army Reserves (IRR) in 1978, and retired in December 1985.
In 1975 Cliff started his civilian career as a helicopter pilot in San Francisco and held a wide variety of flying positions, including radio station flight support, tourist flights, and eventually working as a park pilot in Yellowstone. In 1983 he returned to Monterey, California, where he took over as President of Cypress Helicopters, Ltd, a subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Helicopters. In 1986 he founded and served as Executive Director of Central California Mercy Flight, a 501(c)(3) air ambulance company.
In 1991 he went to work for MY BMW in Monterey, CA. From 1996 through 2010 he achieved president’s club status (Profiles in Achievement) with BMW of North America, retiring in August of 2011.
He and his wife Alyson moved to Boise in September 2011. He has three grown children in Dallas, TX, and two grown step children – one in Boise, and one in Park City, Utah.
Military awards and decorations:
Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Medal with “V” Device and 22 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 4 stars.