Leadership Chronology

The listing below provides an overview and history of the Air Force Historical Foundation's leadership since the organization’s establishment in 1953, as well as its bases of operation over the years. The underlined names below are linked to their corresponding profiles on the U.S. Air Force website.

Presidents

  • General Carl A. Spaatz (1953)
  • General Hoyt Vandenberg (1953-1954)
  • Maj. General Benjamin D. Foulois (1954-1965)
  • General Curtis E. LeMay (1965-1967)
  • General Bernard A. Schriever (1967-1970)
  • Maj. General Ramsay D. Potts (1970-1974)
  • Lt. General John B. McPherson (1974-1983)
  • Brig. General Brian S. Gunderson (1983-1987)
  • General Bryce Poe II (1987-1996)
  • General William Y. Smith (1996-2003)
  • Lt. General Michael A. Nelson (2003-2009)
  • Maj. General Dale W. Meyerrose (2009-2017)
  • Lt. General Christopher D. Miller (2017-Present)

Locations

 

1953 – 1965  Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

1965 – 1970  Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.

1970 – 1974  Washington, D.C

1974 – 1982  Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.

1982 – Present  Andrews AFB, Maryland

 

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Executive Directors

  • Maj. General Orvil A. Anderson (1956-1964)
  • Maj. General Dale O. Smith (1965-1966)
  • Brig. General Monro MacCloskey (1967-1974)
  • Colonel William C. Moore (1974-1976)
  • Colonel James L. Cannell (1977-1981)
  • Colonel Louis H. Cummings (1982-1997) *
  • Lt. Colonel Maynard Y. Binge (1996-2000)
  • Colonel Joseph A. Marston (2000-2004)
  • Colonel George K. Williams (2004-2006)
  • Colonel Charles Thomas Bradley (2006-2010)
  • Lt. Col James A. Vertenten (2010-present)

Prior to establishing the Executive Director position, the following personnel were Secretaries of the Foundation:

  • Maj. General Robert W. Burns – 1953 (acting)
  • Maj. General Lawrence S. Kuter – 1954
  • Maj. General Dean C. Strother – 1955

* First paid Executive Director