General Kevin P. Chilton (USAF, retired) joins Schafer’s Board of Directors. General Chilton, a retired four-star general with the United States Air Force, completed his 34+ year Air Force career as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and the Department of Defense’s space and cyberspace operations including U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to this assignment, General Chilton commanded at the wing, numbered air force, major command, and unified combatant command levels including serving as commander of Air Force Space Command from 2006 to 2007. He flew operational assignments in the R-4C and F-15 and, as an Air Force Test Pilot, conducted weapons testing in various models of the F-4 and F-15. He also served 11 years as a NASA astronaut, where he flew as commander of STS-76, his third Space Shuttle mission, and served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations for the International Space Station Program.

“General Chilton is one of the foremost experts in many of the most important and highly-sophisticated technical areas within the space and national security sectors,” said Michael Griffin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schafer Corporation. “We look forward to his leadership and contribution as Schafer Corporation continues its 40-year history of supporting high-priority programs in these technical areas.”

“I am excited about joining Schafer Corporation’s Board of Directors and look forward to working with Mike and his exceptional team to assist the company as it continues to provide innovative ideas and solutions that address important national security challenges,” General Chilton added.

General Chilton is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, a Columbia University Guggenheim Fellow, and a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force pilot training and test pilot schools.