Board of Advisors
General John D.W. Corley, USAF (Ret.)
General Corley retired from the Air Force after more than 36 years leading aerospace organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is an experienced strategic planner and a skilled international collaborator in the planning and development of major weapons systems.
2009 – present Defense Industry Consultant and Board Member
2007 – 2009 Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA. Directed the planning, organizing and training to assure combat-ready forces for employment in strategic air defense. Responsible for 156,000 personnel operating 1,200 aircraft at 17 main bases at more than 200 worldwide locations. Air Force lead agent for developing strategy, doctrine, concepts, and procedures for air and space power employment.
2005 – 2007 Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Presided over the Air Staff; served as Air Force member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and the Deputy Secretary of Defense Advisory Working Group. Responsible for the oversight of 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian personnel serving in the United States and overseas.
2003 – 2005 Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and Military Director, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Responsible for all aspects of research, development, test, production, and modernization for over 600 Air Force acquisition programs valued at more than $25 billion annually.
2000 – 2003 Director, Global Power Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Directed, planned and programmed over 200 Air Force, joint service and international programs. Represented the U.S. as Chairman, European Multi-National Fighter Program.
1999 – 2000 Director, Studies and Analysis, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany. Lead the assessment and publication of operational and logistical lessons learned for NATO’s involvement in Serbian combat operations.
1986 – 1999 Various Command and Staff Positions including: Command at every level, Flight, Squadron, Group and Wing Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, Joint Staff J-5 Chief Analyst, USAF Center for Studies and Analysis Chief Analyst, Headquarters Tactical Air Command
1973 – 1985 Operational Pilot Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner, T-38, F-5, F-15, A-10, EC-130
Lieutenant General David A. Deptula, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General David. A. Deptula (Ret.) transitioned from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service. He is a world-recognized leader in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. He has taken part in operations, planning, and joint warfighting at unit, major command, service headquarters and combatant command levels, and also served on two congressional commissions charged with outlining America’s future defense posture.
General Deptula was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign (Iraq) in 1991. He has twice been a Combined/Joint Task Force Commander; in 1998/1999 as the Operation Northern Watch no fly zone commander over Iraq where he flew 82 combat missions as a general officer; and in 2005/6 for Operation Deep Freeze conducting operations in Antarctica. In 2001, he served as the first Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort. In 2006 he was the standing JFACC for Pacific Command, and from 2006 to 2010 he was the first USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). He has piloted more than 3,000 flying hours (400 in combat) to include multiple operational fighter command assignments in the F-15.
In 2009 he was awarded the Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Laureate Award for extraordinary accomplishment in national defense, and in 2010 he was presented with the General H.H. Award, the Air Force Association’s highest honor to a military member in the field of national security. Defense News magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. defense for 2014. In 2015 he was honored with a special award for his outstanding contributions to airpower at an international conference on air and space power.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, General Deptula earned his B.A. with distinction in astronomy at the University of Virginia where he was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1974 as a distinguished graduate from Air Force ROTC. He remained at the University of Virginia to complete a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Armed Forces Staff College.
General Deptula currently is the Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies; participates on Boards of Directors; and consults on on military issues; strategy; and ISR.
Admiral William E. Gortney, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Bill Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He was commissioned via the Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1977, designated a Naval Aviator in 1978, and retired in 2016.
During his 39 year career Bill Gortney commanded at every level in the Navy. Squadron command tours included VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and VFA-15. Three additional commands were in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, providing support to Maritime Security Operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. These assignments included Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain; Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); and Commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Four Star commands included U.S. Fleet Forces Command, NS Norfolk, VA, and his final assignment as Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command.
Gortney’s additional tours provided extensive fleet, joint, overseas, and Washington D.C. experience, to include assignment as Director, Joint Staff. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Gortney flew over 5,360 mishap-free flight hours and completed 1,265 carrier-arrested landings. He is authorized to wear multiple awards to include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), The Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Sea Service Ribbon (8 awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards). Foreign awards include recognition from Bahrain, France, Mexico (2 awards), and Canada.
Rear Admiral Frederick L. Lewis, USN (Ret.)
Fred Lewis, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1962 and was designated a naval aviator at NAS Kingsville, Texas in November 1963.
After an initial tour of duty as a flight instructor at Whiting Field, he trained in the F-4 Phantom and participated in numerous operational deployments to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. During this time, he deployed twice to the Gulf of Tonkin and carried out combat missions over North Vietnam. Following these combat deployments, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and subsequently led the stand-up of the Atlantic Fleet’s F-14 Training Squadron.
Several command assignments followed including his first carrier air wing command when he led the wing in successful operations in the Gulf of Sidra during which his pilots downed two Libyan fighter aircraft. Various staff assignments in Washington, DC followed including participation in the Program for Senior Defense Managers at Harvard University. He subsequently was given his second air wing command when he inaugurated the Navy's "Super CAG" program. It was in this assignment that he was selected for promotion to flag rank.
Flag assignments including Director, Strike and Amphibious Warfare (Pentagon), Commander, Tactical Wings, Atlantic, and Commander, Naval Safety Center followed in quick succession. He was sent back to sea in 1991 as Commander, Carrier Group FOUR and Commander, Carrier Striking Forces, Atlantic. In March 1993 he led the stand-up and became the first Commander of the Naval Doctrine Command located in Norfolk, Virginia.
During his naval career, he accumulated over 6,500 accident-free flying hours in tactical aircraft and over 1,200 carrier arrested landings. He is one of the few TACAIR pilots to be dual qualified in fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
In December 1995 he joined the National Training and Simulation Association as the President. In this role, he implemented numerous programs to promote the modeling and simulation community to national prominence. His efforts led to a Congressional declaration in 2007 that M&S is a National Critical technology. In addition to his professional occupation he is a member of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, and as part these duties he has over the years moderated a series of panel sessions at the Annual Symposium which focused on important historical events in Naval Aviation. He has served as a director of the Navy Mutual Aid Association, is a former Chairman of the Tailhook Association, currently serves as the Chairman of the Washington, DC Battle of Midway Commemoration Committee, is a director of the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, and is a member of the Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association (Golden Eagles).
He is married to the former Allison Marie Griggs of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. They have two children: Lance, a Major in the United States Marine Corps and F/A-18 pilot currently embarked on the USS Enterprise, and Ashley, a financial analyst with Capitol One. Between the two of them they have blessed the Lewis clan with five beautiful grandchildren.
Major General Joseph T. Anderson, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Anderson was born on Feb. 21, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. In addition to his B.S. degree, Major General Anderson earned a M.S. degree from the University of Southern California. His formal military education includes Air Force Flight School, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and the National War College.
Major General Anderson first served with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 in El Toro, California, and VMFA-115 in the Republics of Vietnam and Thailand. He then transitioned from the F-4 Phantom to the AV-8 Harrier and served with Marine Attack Squadrons 231, 542, and 203. Major General Anderson’s other assignments include; test pilot at Patuxent River, Md; Institute for Defense Analysis; AV-8 Systems and Engineering Officer, Naval Air Systems Command; Commanding Officer, Marine Attack Squadron 331, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing; and the Aviation Department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1990, Major General Anderson became the Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 13 in Yuma, Ariz. In 1992, he served as Executive Assistant to the Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While serving in this capacity he was selected in December 1993 for promotion to Brigadier General. He then served as Director, Operations Division, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington, DC, and as Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Arlington, Va. He was promoted to Major General in November 1997. He was assigned to duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence (C4I), Director of Intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, DC. He then served as Commanding General, First Marine Aircraft Wing until his retirement in January 2001.
After his military retirement, Mr. Anderson served as the Corporate Vice President of the Dalcorp Advisory Group in Ashburn, VA. He has recently retired as the Deputy Director of the National Air and Space Museum.
Joe has accumulated over 4000 hours in fighter/attack aircraft and is current in the L-39 and Sea Harrier. He has over 2500 hours in Harriers and is one of two FAA licensed civilian Harrier pilots.
Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Schmidle is a native of Newtown, Connecticut and holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master’s degree from American University and earned his doctorate from Georgetown University. His doctoral thesis, recognized with distinction, was titled “The Power of Context in Shaping Moral Choices.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been published in the fields of moral philosophy, social psychology and military history. He is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps War College and also a distinguished graduate and prior faculty member of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
He has extensive operational flying experience, amassing over 4,700 hours in tactical fighters, primarily the F‐4, F‐18 and most recently the F‐5 aircraft. A graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Lieutenant General Schmidle has been teaching advanced fighter tactics for over 35 years. He deployed to Operation Desert Storm as the Executive Officer of VMFA‐333, where he led the largest USMC strike on the first night of the war. During this conflict he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (with combat V denoting valor in combat). He would subsequently command VMFA‐251, leading the squadron in combat operations in Bosnia and then aboard USS America (CV‐66) as part of Carrier Air Wing One. Lieutenant General Schmidle was then selected for an extraordinary second operation command, this time as the commanding officer of VMFA-‐115.
After promotion to Colonel he would command the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (Experimental), planning and executing the Sea Dragon series of Marine Corps Warfighing Experiments, which fundamentally changed the conduct of military operations. He was then ordered to a Joint Staff assignment after which he was subsequently selected as the Military Secretary for both the 32nd and 33rd Commandants of the Marine Corps.
Following his selection to Brigadier General he served as the Director of the Marine Corps Force Development Center, was selected as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Quadrennial Defense Review and as the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition Joint Staff J‐8. After selection to Major General he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Aircraft Wing, the leader of the Marine Corps Quadrennial Defense Review Team and the Assistant Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Programs and Resources.
Lieutenant General Schmidle was then selected to be the first Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command where he planned and conducted all cyber operations across the Department of Defense. After this assignment he would serve as Deputy Commandant for Aviation. In this position he developed and implemented the concept of digital integration while directing the day‐to‐day management of a $6.5B annual budget. During this assignment he also maintained tactical currency and proficiency as a fully qualified F‐5 adversary pilot.
His final assignment on active duty was as the Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in OSD. In this position he advised the Secretary of Defense on cost-benefit analysis conducted on current defense strategies and the associated impacts on military force structure and weapon system requirements. He also developed potential future force capabilities and articulated those options in terms of risk and value to the Department of Defense.
Vice Admiral Troy M. Shoemaker, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker transitioned from the U.S. Navy in 2018 after more than 35 years of distinguished service, culminating in his final assignment a Commander, Naval Air Forces,
where he was responsible for the combat and personnel readiness of all aviation forces and aircraft carriers for the Navy. He has been leading complex and diverse teams for years, and has extensive experience in strategic planning and risk management.
Shoemaker began his career flying the A-7E Corsair and later transitioned to F-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. He commanded a fleet F-18 squadron, the east coast F-18 training squadron, a carrier air wing, two deploying carrier strike groups, and Naval Air Forces, Atlantic before his final tour as Naval Aviation's 7th "Air Boss." He has accumulated over 4400 flight hours and has 1066 carrier arrested landings.
As an Aide to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command and Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S.
Pacific Fleet, Shoemaker engaged routinely with military leadership and government officials in countries along the Pacific Rim. Shoemaker also had multiple assignments at the Navy's Personnel Command, with significant focus on talent management, leader development and succession planning at all levels in the Navy.
Shoemaker graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Systems Engineering, was commissioned with the class of 1982, and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1984. He completed the Naval War College Non-Resident Program and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.