Larry O. Spencer

As the Air Force Association’s top executive, Larry O. Spencer directs the association's professional staff in all functional areas and is responsible for the management and operations of AFA, AFA Veteran Benefits Association, and the Air Force Memorial Foundation. He also holds the position of publisher of Air Force Magazine, the official journal of the Air Force Association.

Retiring as a four-star general, Spencer spent 43 years in the Air Force. His last assignment was as the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Spencer presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assisted the Chief of Staff of the Air Force with organizing, training, and equipping of 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.

Spencer is one of the few Air Force officers who began his career in the enlisted ranks and rose to become a four-star general. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering technology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Spencer was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1980 as a distinguished graduate. He has commanded a squadron, group and wing, and he was Vice Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He was also the first Air Force officer to serve as the Assistant Chief of Staff in the White House Military Office. He served as the Chief Financial Officer and then Director of Mission Support (A7) at a major command; and held positions within the Air Staff and Secretariat. Prior to his current assignment, the general was Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Among his military decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Air Force Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; and Air Force Recognition Ribbon with oak leaf cluster.

Additionally, Spencer is an AFA Life Member and a long standing supporter of the Air Force Association.

Larry and his wife, Ora, reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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