MG (Retired) Carl McNair, Past Chapter President and Advisory Board

MG McNair served the U.S. Army for over 32 years in key Research and Development, Infantry, and Army Aviation command and staff positions.  These included Deputy for Aviation to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition), Deputy Director of Requirements and Aviation Officer, U.S. Army; Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker, Commandant, U.S. Army Aviation School and Chief of the Army Aviation Branch. He culminated his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Combat Developments and Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command retiring in the grade of Major General in 1987.  Overseas assignments included Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan with combat service spanning six campaigns during the active conflict in the Republic of Vietnam, 1967-69. During this period, he flew over 1,500 combat flying hours, serving both as Commander of an Assault Helicopter Company, and Operations Officer of a Combat Aviation Group, as well as Commander of a Combat Aviation Battalion, receiving four awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, 53 Air Medals, and multiple service awards from the U.S. and allied nations.  In addition, he holds two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award, three awards of the Legion of Merit, three awards of the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the French Legion of Honor, and many other decorations from the Republic of China, Vietnam and Korea.


Mr. McNair’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1955, from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was named a Distinguished Graduate in 2011, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.  For academic achievement in Aerospace, McNair was elected to SIGMA GAMMA TAU, a national honorary engineering fraternity and received the AIAA Award as top graduate in his class.  Listed in Who’s Who in America” since 1987 and “Who’s Who in the World”, he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004, for his many contributions to U.S. Army Aviation, which included service as the first Chief of the Army Aviation branch upon founding in 1983.


In addition, Mr. McNair is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including:  the American Helicopter Society, the Army Aviation Association of America, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Navy League, the Association of the U.S. Army, Order of Daedalians, Military Order of World Wars and the Military Officers Association of America. 


Since his retirement from the Army in 1987, he has served 25 years in positions of increasing responsibility in Corporate America, first as Vice President, Army, for Burdeshaw Associates, Bethesda, MD, President Support Services Division, DynCorp, followed by President, Enterprise Management and Corporate Vice President, DynCorp, building a $500M business unit, followed by successive service as Special Assistant for Government Relations and Legislative Affairs to the DynCorp CEO. Since 1996, he has served as an outside Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, on the Board of Air Methods Corporation, a NASDAQ company, located in Denver, Colorado, the largest publicly held provider of emergency medical transportation systems and services in the U.S., operating over 500 emergency medical services fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 48 states, as well as Chairman and member of numerous other company boards over the years.


Active in community affairs throughout the National Capital Region, he is a member of many non-profit Boards and Foundations, including the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; Board Member Emeritus, Easter Seals of the Greater Washington Region; Shippensburg University Alumni Association, the Army Historical Foundation and the Army Aviation Museum Foundation; Past President of the West Point Society of DC, the Army Aviation Association of America, Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation, Washington Chapter of NDIA, George Washington Chapter of AUSA, Third Region, AUSA and Past President of his USMA Class of 1955.  As Chairman and President of the Arlington National Cemetery Commemorative Project, providing a pictorial history of Arlington for the families of service members lost in the War of Terror, he was awarded the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award and the Outstanding Civilian Service Award.  He was further honored by the West Point Society of DC with the Castle Memorial Award as the graduate who has most distinguished himself in both a military and civilian capacity achieving success in a second career outside the military.  The Army Aviation Association of America recognized him in 2009 with their President’s Award for 50 years of service to Army Aviation. The Association of the US Army awarded General McNair their prestigious Creighton W. Abrams Medal at the Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC. In 2010, he was also awarded the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for service to the nation and the Northern Virginia Community. He was named a Distinguished Graduate of the US Military Academy in 2011, an honor accorded fewer than 100 graduates to date.


He and Jo Ann, his wife of 55 years, currently reside in Springfield, Virginia, and have three children, Cynthia M. Wood, Mount Pleasant, SC, Carl III, Uniontown, PA, Courtney M. Bulger, Oak Hill, VA, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.    



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