AFA Announces 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

August 13, 2019

August 13, 2019

AFA Announces 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Arlington, Va. – The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today the winners of its Lifetime Achievement. The winners will be honored at the Air, Space & Cyber Conference on September 18, 2019, during the Air Force Birthday Dinner.

The AFA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes groups or individuals for their lifetime of achievement in the advancement of aerospace power. This year’s recipients are:

Gen John Shaud, USAF Ret.

Gen Shaud has spent a lifetime of devoted service to the mission, the people and the future leaders of the United States Air Force. Initially, he was a B-47 pilot, later transitioning to the B-52 and becoming an aircraft commander. He logged over 5,600 flight hours, over 251 of those being combat hours, and flew in more than 35 different aircraft.

In Pentagon assignments, he was the Air Force Director of Plans and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. On leaving the Pentagon, he became Commander of the Air Education and Training Command followed by a final assignment as the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. During his time, he received the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and many other awards.

Shaud later served as the President of AFA, he was responsible for producing Air Force Fifty to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The program enjoyed a worldwide attendance of over 600,000 attendees. He then joined the faculty and professional staff of Air University, serving as the Director of Strategic Studies and Director of the Air Force Research Institute. He currently teaches Cyber Security at Air University and is the President of the SHAPE Officers’ Association. For many years, he also has been the Air Force Senior Mentor to the CAPSTONE Program. In continuing service to AFA, he was appointed Senior Advisor in 2013.

Gen Buzz Moseley, USAF Ret.

Gen Moseley served as the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force and is a fighter pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in fighters and trainers. For his combat leadership, he was awarded the General H.H. Arnold Award. He was the first inductee into the Frontier of Flight Hall of Fame. He was awarded two Defense Distinguished Service Medals by the Secretary of Defense for his combat innovation and leadership in the Middle East as well as for his transformational vision for the American Military.

He has served as the combat Director of Operations for Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia. General Moseley also commanded 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces while serving as Combined Forces Air Component Commander for operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The General is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been awarded the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the Order of National Merit (Officer) and the Order of National Merit by the president of the French Republic, which is the second-highest French military award. He has also been awarded the United Arab Emirates’ Military Medal, 1st Class, by the president of the U.A.E., the Mérito Santos-Dumont from the Brazilian Air Force, and the Republic of Singapore Meritorious Service Medal.

General Moseley serves on a variety of boards and is active in lecturing on the principles of leadership and the international security environment. He is currently a Board Director of the Former Students’ Association of Texas A&M University as well as serving on the Boards of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation in Paris, France and the American Air Museum at RAF Duxford.

Dr. Benjamin Lambeth

His career as a well-known airpower specialist began with the publication of his book The Transformation of American Air Power by Cornell University Press in 2000. It also was listed for four successive years on the recommended reading list of then-USAF Chief of Staff General John Jumper. The book became required or recommended reading throughout the Air Force’s professional military education establishment, including at Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Lambeth also is a civil-rated pilot. In support of his many studies for the Air Force at the RAND Corporation, he has been privileged since 1976 to have flown or flown in more than 40 different types of combat aircraft with the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight foreign air forces worldwide. In 1989 he became the first U.S. citizen to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter and the first Westerner invited to fly a combat aircraft of any type inside Soviet airspace since the end of WWII.

After completing his doctoral studies at Harvard University, he spent nearly two years as a Soviet military analyst in the prestigious Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he had been hired to draft the strategy and doctrine portion of the annual U.S. national intelligence estimate of the Soviet threat to North America.

During his subsequent 37-year career at RAND, where he first became focused on immersing himself totally into the ways of airpower, Lambeth authored a succession of well-received books on various aspects of airpower and air warfare, all under U.S. Air Force sponsorship. Since 2011, he has been a nonresident Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and he remains an adjunct senior associate at RAND.

AFA is proud to present this year’s winners and highlight all of their contributions to the United States Air Force and their commitment to national defense.

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Bridget Dongu