General William Shelton has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2019. General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch.
He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Space Foundation serving on the board from March 2015-2019, and serving as the Chairman from 2017-2019. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., serving since February 2015, and serving on the Colorado Thirty Group Board of Trustees since January 2015 and serving as Chairman since July, 2020. He also served on the PredaSAR Corporation Board from March 2020, until the board was dissolved in March 2021. General Shelton served as a board member of the Board of Trustees for the Aerospace Corporation from March 2015 to December 2019, where he served on the Governance and Nominating Committee from January 2018 to December 2019, the Compensation Committee from January 2018 to December 2019 and the Audit Committee from March 2015 to January 2018. He served as Vice Chairman of that board from January 2018 to December 2019.
General Shelton earned a Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976, a Master of Science in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1980, and a Master of Science in national security studies from the National War College in 1995. We believe that General Shelton is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant leadership experience and extensive experience in space operations and policy.