Ron Fogleman retired from the USAF on 1 September 1997 after thirty-four years of active duty service. On his final tour of duty, General Fogleman served as the 15th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served two tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War flying 315 combat missions and logging 806 hours of combat fighter time. On his first tour he flew 80 missions as a "Misty Fast FAC." General Fogleman's staff experience saw a heavy emphasis on long-range programming and strategic planning. While serving as USCINCTRANS and Commander of the Air Mobility Command, he flew mobility aircraft in support of humanitarian and contingency operations on six continents. Fogleman is an active pilot with an extensive background in fighters, mobility aircraft and general aviation. He has flown over 7,900 total hours. His fighter experience included operational tours in the F-100, F-4, F-15, F-16 and A-10. As Chief of Staff, he served as the senior uniformed officer responsible for the organizing, training and equipping of 750,000 U.S. Air Force active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian members at home and overseas. While serving as Chief of Staff, he hosted the first world-wide conference of air chiefs. As a member of the Joint Chiefs Staff, he served as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President. He is one of a very few members of a military service to be awarded Distinguished Service Medals from the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, and the Department of the Navy. Fogleman is currently the Chairman of the Board of Alliant Techsystems. He serves on the board of directors for AAR Corp; Chinook Medical Gear; The First National Bank of Durango; Ironhawk; MITRE Corporation; Tactical Air Support Inc, and Thales-Raytheon Systems. He devotes considerable time to national security and community affairs. Since retiring from the Air Force he has served on the Defense Policy Board; The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Board; chaired an Air Force Laboratory study on directed energy weapons; chaired a National Research Council Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050: An Integrated Transportation System; served on the NASA Mars Program Independent Assessment Team; the congressionally directed Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization; the NASA Shuttle Return to Flight Task Group; and the Independent Assessment Panel to examine the Management and Organization of National Security Space Assets. He lectures on leadership, international affairs and military issues and has published numerous articles on air and space operations.
By 1968, the North American F-100 Super Sabre was the "workhorse" for moving troops and supplies for allied forces. The men who flew the "Hun" ranged from veteran World War II aces to young, eager fighter pilots. Fogleman flew 240 combat missions, earned a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 17th Air Medals, and a Purple Heart.