General Ron Fogleman retired from the USAF with thirty-four years of active commissioned service. After serving as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Transportation Command (CINCTRANS), on his final tour of duty he served as the 15thChief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a member of the JCS, he served as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President.
General Fogleman holds a Masters Degree in Military History and Political Science from Duke University. A command pilot, rated parachutist and missileer, he has amassed over 8,400 flying hours in fighter, transport, tanker, rotary wing and general aviation aircraft. General Fogleman instructed student pilots, performed combat duty as a fighter pilot and high-speed forward air controller in Vietnam and Thailand and conducted fighter and mobility flight operations across six continents, including duty as an F-15 Demonstration Pilot for international air shows. He commanded a tactical fighter wing, an air division, a major command, and a unified command. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, he introduced a simplified code of conduct for Airman, which remains in use today. Called the “Air Force Core Values”, the code demands “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.” He flew 315 combat missions and logged 806 hours of combat time in fighter aircraft.
His combat decorations include the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals and a Purple Heart. His peacetime awards include 7 Distinguished Service Medals, 2 Legions of Merit, NASA Public Service Medal and decorations from 9 foreign governments.
After retiring from the military he continued his public service as a member of the Defense Policy Board, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Board and the Congressional Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization. In his private endeavors General Fogleman is the Chairman of the Board of Theia, Chairman of the Board of Tactical Air Support, Inc., Chairman of the Board of OrbitalATK, and serves on the boards of Unitech Aerospace, Black Mountain Investment Company, and the First National Bank of Durango.
Major post-military awards include: Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee-1998; Gathering of Eagles Inductee-1998, 2013; USAFA Distinguished Graduate Award-2001; National Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee-2006; Thomas D. White National Defense Award-2006; Airlift Tanker Association Hall of Fame Inductee-2013; USAFA Character and Leadership Award-2014; Air Force Historical Foundation Spaatz Award-2015; Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award-2017; National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee-2018.