Distinguished Alumni

Detachment 595 has a long and proud history of commissioning quality officers into the U.S. Air Force. Some notable graduates include:

General Boles

General Billy Joe Boles

General Billy Joe Boles received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University in 1961 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the NCSU Air Force ROTC program. General Boles’ distinguished career includes a variety of positions including staff assignments at the Major Command and Air Staff levels. In June of 1995, General Boles was appointed to the position of Commander of the Air Education and Training Command. As Commander, he was responsible for recruiting and accessing Air Force personnel and providing them military, technical and flying training and education. His command included two numbered Air Forces, Air University, Air Force Recruiting Service and Wilford Medical Center. At the time he assumed command of Air Education and Training Command, it consisted of 13 bases, 43,00 active duty members and 14,000 civilians. General Boles also served as the Vice Commander of the Air Education and Training Command prior to his appointment as Commander. Prior to that assignment, General Boles served as the Senior Personnel Officer for the US Air Force, at the time a 700,000 person organization worldwide, as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, General Boles had an extensive experience in media relations and in presenting Air Force Programs to congressional committees. General Boles’ illustrious career also includes two combat tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, serving first as a personnel officer for the 6250th Combat Support Group and later as Chief of the Assignments Division for the Headquarters of the 7th Air Force at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. General Boles retired on 1 April 1997.

General Glosson

Lieutenant General Buster Cleveland Glosson

General Buster Cleveland Glosson entered the Air Force in 1965 as a distinguished graduate of the University of North Carolina State Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He flew combat missions as a flight commander in both North and South Vietnam. He commanded the Air Force Fighter Weapons Squadron and two tactical fighter wings. During the Gulf War, he commanded the 14th Air Division (Provisional) and was director of campaign plans for U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As the “architect of the Gulf Air War”, he used precision weapons and stealth technology as the foundation for all Air War planning, a first in the history of warfare. Following the Gulf War, he served as Director, Air Force Legislative Liason, where he was responsible for formulating and executing Air Force legislative strategy with the Congress. General Glosson culminated his military service as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Plans and Requirements, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, weapon system requirements and day-to-day worldwide operations. Concurrently, he was the Air Force Operations Deputy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he determined the air assets necessary to support our nation’s National Security Objectives and Military Strategy. General Glosson is the author of “War with Iraq” (Critical Lessons) and several aviation related articles for professional journals. He is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours primarily in the F-4, F-15C, and F-15E. General Glosson retired on 1 July 1994.

General Peppe

Major General Timothy A. Peppe

Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Peppe is Special Assistant for Air and Space Expeditionary Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. This office is the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point to review, clarify, and publish AEF policy and guidance relative to the evolving requirements and changing environment. General Peppe entered the Air Force in 1970 as a graduate of North Carolina State University’s ROTC program. He has commanded the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, the 47th Flying Training Wing – a specialized undergraduate pilot training wing, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and the 82nd Support Group, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz. He has also served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center at 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in Naples, as Chief of the Rated Management Branch with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and as the first Director of Joint Experimentation at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Prior to assuming his current duties, General Peppe served as the Air Force Chief of Safety for Air Force headquarters and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M. While in this position he was responsible for safety, policies, guidance, and procedures affecting more than 700,000 Air Force military and civilian personnel. General Peppe is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flight hours. General Peppe retired on 1 January 2004 after 34 years of service.

Barrett

Major General Mark “Grinnin” Barrett

Maj. Gen. Mark A. Barrett is Chief of Staff, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He is responsible for assisting the Commander, EUCOM conduct military operations, international military partnering, and interagency partnering to enhance transatlantic security and defend the United States forward. General Barrett was commissioned in 1979 through the ROTC program at North Carolina State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. His commands include the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; the 325th Operations Group, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va. General Barrett has served as an operations officer on the Joint Staff and executive officer to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. He has also served as Chief of the Combat Forces and Program Integration divisions, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and as the Air Combat Command Inspector General, Langley AFB, VA. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Va. General Barrett is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in the F-15C/D and the F-22, including more than 300 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia. General Barrett retired on 01 June 2014.

General Cotton

Major General Anthony J. Cotton

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton is Commander, Twentieth Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. General Cotton is responsible for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile force, organized into three operational wings. In addition, General Cotton oversees the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, which provides critical support to the nuclear operation and mission partners. General Cotton entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1986 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He served as Deputy Director of the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group; and as Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He was also the Vice Commander and Commander of the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the Commander of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to his current assignment, General Cotton served as the Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia.

General Kelly

Major General David “Todd” Kelly

Maj. Gen. Kelly graduated from North Carolina State University in 1981 and received an Air Force commission through the Air Force Officer Training Corps program there. After completion of pilot training, Kelly served in operational C-130 and C-21 assignments at Pope AFB, NC and Andrews AFB, MD prior to joining the North Carolina Air National Guard in 1989. He was appointed as the Assistant Adjutant General -Air, JFHQ-NC from May 2011 until February 2014 serving as the primary advisor and Commander to the Adjutant General on all programs, strategic planning and operations affecting the NCANG. He also served as the A-5, Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard. Maj. Gen. Kelly is a command pilot with more than 5500 flying hours, in the T-37, T-38, C-21A, C-130B/E/H3 aircraft. In addition to several operational combat deployments, he also served as the Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, U.S. Central Command Combined Air and Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from September 2006 through February 2007 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

General Edwards

Brigadier General Lyman L. “Lewie” Edwards, Jr.

Brig. Gen. Lyman L. “Lewie” Edwards, Jr., is Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans and Analyses, Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Responsibilities include assisting the Director with command-wide strategic planning, programming, analyses and wargaming. Additional responsibilities include the Program Objective Memorandum process for the AFMC Agile Combat Support, Air Force Core Function and the Weapon Systems Sustainment components worth more than $40 billion. General Edwards graduated from North Carolina State University and obtained his commission through AFROTC. His first assignment was to the Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course, Chanute AFB, Ill., where he was a Distinguished Graduate. The general entered the Air Force Reserve in July 1995. In this capacity, he has held various engineering and maintenance officer positions in the C-141, F-15, and C-5 System Program Offices, and the Directorate of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. General Edwards served a one-year deployment as the Senior Acquisition Adviser to the Iraqi Air Force and Chief of Staff for the Directorate of Defense Affairs, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq in 2007-2008. He was then selected to serve at U.S. Central Command Headquarters in the Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, providing executive-level liaison with the Office of Secretary of Defense, all military services and the Department of State to execute oversight for security cooperation activities and foreign military sales throughout the Central Command area of operations. Prior to his current position, he was the Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy at U.S. Central Command and the Director of the Foreign Military Sales Task Force. General Edwards retired on 17 March 2015.