General, United States Air Force (Retired)
Professional Career: General Ron Fogleman retired from the USAF on 1 September 1997 after thirty-four years of active commissioned service. On his final tour of duty General Fogleman served as the 15th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. Prior to that he was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command (CINCTRANS). As chief, he served as the senior uniformed officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of 750,000 active duty, guard, reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he served as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President.
General Fogleman is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Durango Aerospace Incorporated, an international aviation, consulting firm with a client list that includes The Boeing Company, FMC, Northrop Grumman, and RSL Electronics. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for AAR, EAST Inc., International Airline Support Group, ICN Pharmaceuticals, Mesa Air Group, MITRE Corporation, North American Airlines, Rolls-Royce North America, Thales-Raytheon Systems, and World Airways. He is a member of the National Defense Policy Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Fort Lewis College Foundation, the Falcon Foundation, the Air Force Association, and the Order of Daedalians.
In addition, he devotes considerable time to national security and community affairs. Since retiring from the Air Force he has chaired an Air Force Laboratory study on directed energy weapons, served on the NASA Mars Program Independent Assessment Team, and the congressionally directed Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization. He is currently chairing a National Research Council Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050: An Integrated Transportation System.
General Fogleman has an extensive background in fighter and mobility aircraft, having flown over 6,800 total hours. His fighter experience included operational tours in the F-100, F-4, F-15, F-16 and A-10. He served two tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, flying 315 combat missions and logging 806 hours of combat fighter time. His airlift and tanker experience include the C-5, C-17, C-21, C-130, C-141, KC-10 and KC-135. He flew these mobility aircraft in support of humanitarian and contingency operations while serving as CINCTRANS and Commander of the Air Mobility Command. Other senior command positions include: Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Forces, Korea; Commander 7th Air Force and Commander Air Component Command of the US/ROK Combined Forces Command; Commander 836th Air Division; and Commander of the 56th FTW.
General Fogleman’s staff experience heavily emphasized long-range programming and strategic planning. While serving as Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, he hosted the first worldwide conference of air chiefs. He has a bachelor’s degree from the USAF Academy (1963) and a master’s degree in Military History and Political Science from Duke University (1971). He lectures on leadership, international affairs and military issues and has published numerous articles on air and space operations.