US: The Air Force Association (AFA) has recently announced the addition of Major General Mark A Barrett, USAF (Retd) as Executive Vice President to serve as the number two senior staff executive under President Craig McKinley. As Executive Vice President, General Barrett will serve as the principal deputy professional staff member to the President and will act as the Association’s senior staff liaison with Boards, Committees and Councils as well as the Air Force, concerning Air Force budgets, programmes, systems, operations and legal issues. Additionally, Barrett will assist in the oversight of AFA, AFA Veteran Benefits Association, and the Air Force Memorial Foundation.
“I am very honored to be joining the Air Force Association leadership team. As a long term member of AFA, I look forward to meeting and working with all of the AFA professionals and members across the Nation. As a retired Air Force member, it is my privilege to continue to serve in my capacity at the Air Force Association. Together with the entire team, I will continue to help educate, advocate and support our great USAF and ensure it remains ready and able to defend our great nation,” said General Barrett.
Prior to his retirement in June 2014 after 34 years of service, General Barrett most recently served as Chief of Staff, US European Command in Stuggart, Germany. He was 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 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 brings a very strong military background and has also been a longtime AFA member and supporter. We are thrilled to have him onboard and remain confident that he will advance the organisation’s mission of promoting a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national security,” said Craig McKinley, AFA President. General Barrett will begin his new role in September.