General Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character
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In 2006, General Myers became the first holder of the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at NDU. He retired as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2005, after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force. During his term as Chairman, he served as principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council.
General Myers led the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of great threat to the Nation’s security. He began his term just a few weeks after the attacks on September 11, 2001, and was instrumental in guiding the U.S. strategy for the War on Terrorism. During his tenure as Chairman, the United States led international efforts to topple the Taliban and deny Al Qaeda’s safe haven in Afghanistan, and to defeat the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. He also oversaw the U.S. military’s role in relief efforts for the tsunami that struck the Pacific in December of 2004 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University, General Myers is also a graduate of the Army War College. He served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has held command positions at every level, including Commander of U.S. Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hours, General Myers logged 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict.
General Myers is on several public and non-profit boards and currently lectures nationally on national security issues and leadership.