Chairman of the Board

F. Whitten Peters
Chairman of the Board


F. Whitten Peters, Washington D.C. A Life Member, Peters joined AFA after becoming Undersecretary of the Air Force, a position he held from 1997 until 1999. He was subsequently confirmed as the 19th Secretary of the Air Force in 1999 and served in that position until 2001. Before then, he was the DOD Principal Deputy General Counsel. Peters has been appointed an AFA National Director five times since October 2008 and is one today. He has been serving on AFA’s national-level Executive Committee and Development Committee. Peters received the W. Stuart Symington Award in 1999 and the DOD Distinguished Public Service medal three times. He is the first Secretary of the Air Force to hold the Order of the Sword. Peters earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in government, a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He served in the Navy Reserve as a Computer Systems Division Officer and Company Commander. Peters has been a member of several advisory organizations, including the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, the Defense Science Board, and the presidential advisory Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. He has been on the Board of Trustees for the Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village. Peters is a lawyer.