MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – The Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors welcomes three new members, including the first three-star commander of Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (NORAD) and Air Forces Northern (USNORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III.
Other new Board of Governor members are retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, the national president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and William A. Davidson, the former administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.
Clarke, Johnson and Davidson are appointees of Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley. All will serve three-year terms on the Board of Governors, CAP’s highest level strategic policy-making body.
Clarke comes to 1st Air Force from the U.S. European Command in Ankara, Turkey, where he was the senior defense official and defense attaché for the Office of Defense Cooperation Turkey. This is Clarke’s first assignment at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He received his third star before assuming command after senior Air Force officials decided – based on the scope of responsibility that falls to the 1st Air Force commander – that the command position needed to be upgraded and filled by a lieutenant general.
First Air Force is made up of four direct reporting units, 10 aligned Air National Guard units and a large number of active aerospace control alert sites – including aircraft, air defense artillery and up to 15,000 active duty, National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian personnel, which include members of Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force auxiliary.
As the Joint Force Air Component Commander for NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Clarke is directly responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting full-spectrum Air Force air and space operations in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as over the maritime approaches to the U.S. The organization is also responsible for providing defense support to civil authorities as the air component to USNORTHCOM. Additionally, the 601st Air & Space Operations Center falls under the 1st Air Force commander’s direction, which plans, directs and assesses air and space operations for NORAD and USNORTHCOM.
Johnson, currently in his second year of a two-year term as national president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., retired from the Air Force in 2004 with the rank of brigadier general after 33 years of service. During his Air Force career, Johnson commanded a fighter squadron and fighter group, was the vice commander of 10th Air Force at the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, and served as mobilization assistant to the assistant secretary of the Air Force and director of operations at Air Education and Training Command.
A command pilot with more than 3,500 hours of military flying time in the T-37 trainer, A-37 and A-10 fighter aircraft, Johnson’s missions included flights over Bosnia in support of Operation Deny.
As a civilian, Johnson worked for Trans World Airlines and United Parcel Service, retiring from UPS with nearly 20 years of service as a management captain and chief pilot as well as a variety of managerial roles. Most recently, he served as a director of the Air Force Crisis Action Team in the Pentagon following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Science and Engineering Naval Studies Board.
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