Dick Newton became the Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in August 2012.
As AFA's Executive Vice President among a wide array of responsibilities, he leads the outreach efforts internally to the Field and externally to the larger American public in order to best support the Association’s goals and credibility as part of the U.S. aerospace community.
A retired lieutenant general, he previously served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. While serving in that position, he oversaw the administration and organization of the Air Staff, which develops policies, plans and programs; establishes requirements; and provides resources to support the overall Air Force 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.
Born at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., 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. He also served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and then as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
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.
Among his military decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters, and the Combat Readiness Medal.
Newton and his wife, Jody, currently reside in Arlington, VA.