ALTON RIVERS spent 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and flew more than 3,500 hours in fighters. On assigment in the United States Embassy in Ventiane, Laos, as one of the first thirteen Air Force officers there, he helped prepare the arrival of the F-111 in Southeast Asia. Later he flew the F-111 at Upper Heyford Royal Air Force Base in England and worked at the American Embassy in London. He concluded his Air Force Service with air-to-air missile testing at the Tactical Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Since retiring from Air Force service, he has worked in city management, particularly with economic development.