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Ronald Robert Fogleman (born January 27, 1942) is a retired United States Air Force General who served as the 15th Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1994 to 1997, and before that, from 1992 to 1994 as Commanding General, United States Transportation Command.

Ronald R. Fogleman
Ronald R. Fogleman.jpg
Born (1942-01-27) January 27, 1942 (age 77)
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1963–1997
Commands heldChief of Staff of the United States Air Force
United States Transportation Command
Air Mobility Command
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Purple Heart



Air Force careerEdit

A 1963 graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, he holds a master's degree in military history and political science from Duke University. A command pilot and a parachutist, he amassed more than 6,800 flying hours in fighter, transport, tanker and rotary wing aircraft. He flew 315 combat missions and logged 806 hours of combat flying in fighter aircraft. 80 of his missions were as a "Misty FAC" in the F-100F Super Sabre at Phù Cát Air Base between 25 December 1968 and 23 April 1969.[1]

Fogleman was shot down in Vietnam in 1968, while piloting a F-100. He was rescued by clinging to an AH-1 Cobra helicopter that landed at the crash site.[2]

In early assignments he instructed student pilots, performed combat duty as a fighter pilot and high-speed forward air controller in Vietnam and Thailand, taught history at the Air Force Academy and conducted flight operations in Europe—including duty as an F-15 Eagle aircraft demonstration pilot for international airshows. He commanded an Air Force wing, an air division, a numbered air force, a major command and a unified combatant command.

Fogleman was the first graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to advance to Chief of Staff of the Air Force. During his tenure, he introduced a simplified code of conduct for airmen, 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."

General Fogleman retired on September 1, 1997.

Accolades for air combat and recon during the Bosnian WarEdit

During the Bosnian War, Fogleman as USAF Chief of Staff, was intimately familiar with air reconnaissance and combat rescue missions, trading on his experience early in his career when he flew as an F-100 Misty FastFac serving as the on scene commander for combat rescue efforts in Vietnam [3] and later in life when he flew F-4s and F-15s in Europe during the Cold War.[4] Fogleman's understanding of how to factor real-time intelligence and electronic signals from unmanned Gnat 750 and Predator surveillance aircraft, over hostile areas[5] proved critical when U.S. Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady's F-16 was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 2 June 1995. O'Grady evaded capture and on 6 June, he transmitted intermittent radio messages to lessen the chance of detection by enemy forces. O'Grady was rescued by US Marines on 8 June.[6]

Post-Air Force careerEdit

Fogleman currently has a seat on the Boards of Directors of Alliant Techsystems, AAR Corporation, Mesa Air Group, Inc., Tactical Air Support, Inc., World Air Holdings, Inc., and the Tauriga Sciences Inc.'s Business Advisory Board[1][7][8] He is also on the board of advisors of the Code of Support Foundation, a nonprofit military services organization.[9]

On November 11, 2009, Fogleman was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alliant Techsystems Inc., following the retirement of ATK Chairman and CEO Dan Murphy.

As a Boeing consultant, Fogleman said that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II will not be a combat proven aircraft until it receives the Block 3F software in the early 2020s.[10]

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Air Force Command Pilot Badge
  Basic Parachutist Badge
  Basic Missile Maintenance Badge
  Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Army Distinguished Service Medal
  Navy Distinguished Service Medal
  Silver Star
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Purple Heart
  Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with three silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
  Air Medal (second ribbon to denote eighteenth award)
  Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three bronze oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (second ribbon to denote fifth award)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Combat Readiness Medal
  Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  Air Force Training Ribbon
  Order of National Security Merit, Gugseon Medal, Republic of Korea
  Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
  Grand Cordon, First Class, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan
  Royal Order of the Polar Star, Commander First Class, Sweden
  Legion of Honor, with the rank of Commander, France
  Venezuelan Air Force Cross, First Class
  Korean Presidential Unit Citation
  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  SICOFAA Legion of Merit Medal, Grand Cross, System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces
  Vietnam Campaign Medal

In 2013 he was inducted into the Airlift/Tanker Hall of Fame.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Where Now? Misty Bio: Ron Fogleman" (PDF). Misty Vietnam. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
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  6. ^,8816,983055,00.html Time Magazine
  7. ^ "Tauriga Sciences Inc. Appoints General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, Retired, as a Member of the Company's Business Advisory Board". Globe Newswire. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
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  9. ^ "Code of Support Foundation advisory board". 4 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  10. ^ Hemmerdinger, Jon (4 November 2013). "South Korea needs both F-15s and F-35s: retired USAF general". Reed Elsevier. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Airlift/Tanker Association Hall of Fame". Airlift/Tanker Association.
Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Merrill McPeak
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Succeeded by
Gen. Michael E. Ryan