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Leadership chronology

The listing below provides an overview of Air Force Historical Foundation 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-present)

Locations

1982 – Present     Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

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

1970 – 1974          Washington, D.C.

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

1953 – 1965          Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

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