- Richard Newton
- Sam Champi
- Jon Thompson
- Joseph B. Anderson, Jr.
Lt. Gen. Dick Newton served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He oversaw the administration and organization of the Air Staff, which develops policies, plans and programs; establishes requirements; and provides resources to support the Air Force’s mission. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and was the Air Force accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés. Additionally, he has served as the Chairman of the Board of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Chairman of the Board of the Army Air Force Exchange Service and Chairman of the Board of the Defense Commissary Agency.
Born at Forbes Air Force Base, KS., General Newton hails from an Air Force family and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978. His command assignments include the first B-2 squadron, a B-1B operations group and a B-52 wing. He served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as a planner and then executive officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, and later as Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Future Systems for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. His joint assignments include serving as the executive assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), with later assignment as Deputy Director for Information Operations, and Deputy Director for Global Operations in the Operations Directorate (J3) on the Joint Staff, followed by duty as the Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command. Most recently he served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
General Newton is a command pilot with over 2,900 flying hours in a variety of aircraft, including the B-2, B-1B, B-52 and T-38.
A 1966 West Point graduate, Sam had a brilliant career which started at West Point as a star football player on the 1964 Army team that beat Navy. Sam was in the top 10 academically in his graduating class, number two in military aptitude and named to the “National Football Collegiate Foundation Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame.” In January 1968 he received a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. After graduating from the Army’s Ranger School in April 1968, Sam served as a military engineer in Vietnam where he was engaged in numerous engineering tasks such as bridge building.
After the Vietnam War ended, he invested time and money and worked diligently to bring low cost housing to Vietnam and insure that the host government obtained products on time and at the best price. Sam will bring his training, drive and business experience to successfully achieve VSG’s goal of readying US Veterans for productive employment. He will fight to keep American jobs onshore while expanding operations at the VSG’s domestic outsourcing center in Reading, PA.
Jon received his BS from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY and his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. Jon served as a ranger qualified Army reconnaissance combat pilot in Vietnam and was awarded among other decorations, the Bronze Star and 16 Air Medals. Jon has remained active in military affairs and has visited more than 42 countries on official missions relating to U.S. defense policy and international relations over the past 25 years.
Jon is serving or has served as a director for a score of companies, public and private, including, the National Defense University Foundation and Adams Keegan, Inc., a national Human Relations and Employer Services Company. Jon has been a Commissioner for the Memphis International Airport, the largest cargo airport in the world, for 26 years.
Jon owned and operated a global construction equipment operation with machinery in 26 nations and was recognized on several occasions for employment of veterans, National Guard and Reserve personnel. Jon formed Columbine Holdings, a venture capital and investment management firm that he operates presently.
Appointed Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Memphis, Jon developed and managed a series of touring exhibitions including Napoleon, Imperial Tombs of China, and Titanic, with a combined attendance of over 8 million visitors.
Joseph, a 1965 graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Engineering, subsequently received two Masters Degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973. Joseph attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1977. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, 1984. In June 2007, Mr. Anderson received an Honorary Doctor of Management Degree from Kettering University.
During his military career, Joseph commanded troops as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. In addition to troop command, served as aide-de-camp to two general officers, and was also an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Mr. Anderson and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film “The Anderson Platoon”. The documentary has been shown in more than 20 countries and has won several prizes including the Oscar of the Academy Awards and an Emmy for the “Best Documentary Film of 1967”. Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals. Mr. Anderson resigned his commission in 1978, after 13 years of service and early selection for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1977, Joseph was selected to be a White House Fellow and worked as Special Assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps. Following his White House Fellow Year, Mr. Anderson continued to work for Secretary Kreps until he joined General Motors in 1979.