Colonel Michael J. Foote
Pampa High School Class of 1994
COL Michael Foote is a 1994 graduate of Pampa High School. Michael participated in football, wrestling, and student council for all four years of his high school career. He earned his Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 414 and was active in the First United Methodist Church youth group and the local Optimist League sports. Upon graduation, Michael was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a degree in Health and Exercise Science and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Field Artillery in the US Army.
Following his initial officer basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Michael was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served in the paratroopers for four years. He deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during this assignment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Upon return from Afghanistan, Michael was promoted to Captain and selected for the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg where he earned the coveted Green Beret in 2005. He was then assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his time at 5th Special Forces Group, he commanded SF ODAs 596 and 5313 deploying to Iraq on multiple occasions as a part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he was recognized for his leadership and valor.
In 2010, the Army sent Michael to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California where he earned a Masters of Science in Defense Analysis. Michael then returned to the 5th Group as a Major where he commanded A Company, 3rd Battalion and the Group Advanced Skills Company, served as a Battalion Executive Officer, and the Group Operations Officer. He deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE to numerous locations across the Middle East including Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq focused on the counter-ISIS fight.
After completion of his time in 5th Special Forces Group, COL Foote was selected to attend the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he earned a Masters of Military Science.
In 2017, COL Foote was selected to command US Army Garrison Fort Greely, Alaska where he was responsible for the operational readiness and defense of the nation’s strategic ground-based missile defense field and the Army’s Cold Regions Test Center.
In May of 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He is currently stationed at Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he is attending the Army War College.
His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, three Bronze Star Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.
Michael is married to the former Danielle Valcourt of Lawton, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Caroline and Emily.
Jeffrey J Mcdougall
Class of 1980
JEFFREY J MCDOUGALL is the President and owner of JMA Energy Company, which he founded in 1986. JMA is a privately owned oil and gas exploration company with interests in over 2000 oil and gas wells primarily in the deep Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma. In addition, Mr. McDougall has interests in various energy service companies, as well as diversified interests in casinos, horse racing, gaming technology and commercial and residential real estate. JMA and its affiliated companies are headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mr. McDougall has been an active member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) and, its successor, The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, ultimately serving as its Chairman from 2015 to 2017. Mr. McDougall is currently a Chairman Emeritus on the Board of Directors, and has had other prior leadership positions including, Executive Committee, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Federal Issues Committee Co- Chairman. In addition, Mr. McDougall has served as the President of the Wildcatters Club of Oklahoma while leading its political efforts, including providing testimony before committees of the United States Senate and House on several occasions in support of oil and gas producers issues.
Mr. McDougall holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa and has served as a past member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Tulsa. In October of 2010, The University of Tulsa recognized Mr. McDougall’s continued commitment and support by naming its McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering in his honor. In April 2013, Mr. McDougall was inducted into the College of Engineering and Natural Science Hall of Fame at The University of Tulsa.
Mr. McDougall has served as a past Director of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and is currently serving on the Special Care, Inc. Board of Directors in Oklahoma City, The University of Tulsa McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors in Houston, Texas.