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National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

The Commissioners

General Richard A. Cody (USA, Retired)

Chairman, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of General Richard A. Cody in front of U.S. flagGeneral Richard Cody recently retired from L3 Technologies, which he joined in 2008 after concluding a 36-year U.S. Army career with four years as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. A Master Aviator with over 5,000 hours of flight time, General Cody served in several command and staff assignments, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3); Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Department of the Army; Deputy Commanding General of Task Force Hawk in Tirana, Albania; Commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Commander of 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the Combined Field Army, Korea; and Director of ¬†Flight Concepts Division. He is Chairman of the Board for Homes For Our Troops, which builds mortgage-free custom homes for severely wounded war veterans. A graduate of the Military Academy at West Point, General Cody’s professional military education includes the Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Aviation Maintenance Officer Course; AH-1, AH-64, AH-64D, UH-60, and MH-60K Aircraft Qualification Courses; Command and General Staff College; and the Army War College.

The Honorable Richard F. Healing

Vice Chairman, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of the Honorable Richard F. Healing in front of U.S. flagMr. Richard Healing is a professional engineer and internationally recognized transportation safety expert who founded Air Safety Engineering LLC in 2015 to provide safety analysis and solutions to general, military, and commercial aviation. He served as a Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, holding the Safety Engineering position and providing technical inputs on several transportation accident investigations from 2003 to 2005. As Director of Safety and Survivability for the Department of the Navy from 1985 to 2002, he focused on aviation safety and developed initiatives to rapidly bring state-of-the-art safety and survivability technology into the Navy and Marine Corps. Mr. Healing retired as a captain from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1993. During his 32-year combined active and reserve Coast Guard career, he held four commands, including a coastal patrol boat on combat missions in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and, prior to his retirement, the Secretary of Defense Crisis Coordination Center Joint Reserve Unit in the Pentagon during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mr. Healing attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He graduated from the Naval War College and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University.

Mr. Scott C. Donnelly

Commissioner, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of Mr. Scott Donnelly in front of U.S. flagMr. Scott Donnelly is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Inc. Textron is a multi-industry company with a broad range of products, including Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft and Bell helicopters. He has more than three decades of business experience in research and development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and business leadership. He began his career as a product engineer at General Dynamics designing advanced flight control systems for cruise missile systems. In 1989 he moved to GE Aerospace to continue his career in the aerospace and semiconductor industries developing advanced computer architectures and special-purpose processors for sonar and radar systems. He advanced through management positions across GE’s divisions, including Vice President of Global Technology Operations for GE Medical Systems, Senior Vice President of GE Corporate Research and Development, and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation.In 2010, he served as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s board of governors and currently serves on the board of the National Air and Space Museum. Mr. Donnelly is a pilot with over 1,800 hours of pilot in command experience. Mr. Donnelly attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1984.

The Honorable Pete Geren

Commissioner, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of the Honorable Pete Geren in front of U.S. flagMr. Pete Geren, who served in the U.S. Congress and at the highest levels of the Department of Defense, is president of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, which provides grants to educational, health, human service, and cultural nonprofit organizations in Texas. He assumed that position in 2011. Mr. Geren’s Department of Defense career included several senior positions from 2001 to 2009, including Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Army. In recognition of his service, he was twice awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award. The 12th District of Texas elected Mr. Geren to four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1997. He also served as an assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. As a lawyer and former business executive, he has held leadership positions in numerous civic, educational, business, and philanthropic organizations in Texas. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Texas Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech before transferring to the University of Texas.

Mr. Joe Hagin

Commissioner, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of Mr. Joe Hagin in front of U.S. flagMr. Joe Hagin has worked 15 years at the highest levels of the executive branch of government serving four presidents. He currently is Managing Director and COO of Meta Aerospace Capital LLC. From January 2017 to August 2018, Mr. Hagin was the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, a role he also held for President George W. Bush from January 2001 to July 2008. He was responsible for managing the overall administrative, technology, security, and military support structure surrounding the President as well as day-to-day management of the White House and its components. He served on the National Security Council Deputies Committee, chaired the White House Security Board, the White House Information Technology Board, and the White House Task Force on the Olympics, and was a member of the team that created the Department of Homeland Security. In 2014, the Obama administration appointed him to the four-member U.S. Secret Service Protective Mission Panel reviewing the agency’s leadership and security lapses. Mr. Hagin’s previous White House positions include Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush, Assistant to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs, and Personal Assistant to Vice President Bush during the Reagan Administration. Mr. Hagin has worked for two Fortune 500 companies and served on several corporate and charitable boards.

General Raymond E. Johns (USAF, Retired)

Commissioner, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of General Raymond E. Johns in front of the U.S. flag.General Ray Johns concluded his 36-year career in the U.S. Air Force as Commander of Air Mobility Command. As a test pilot, including chief test pilot for the VC-25 Air Force One, he has over 5,000 hours in more than 83 different aircraft. As Commander of Air Mobility Command, he oversaw 135,000 personnel, 1,300 aircraft, and an annual operating budget of $20 billion. Previously, he was Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, developing and integrating the Air Force’s annual $120 billion budget and the Air Force Long-Range Plan. General Johns served in senior policy positions at U.S. European Command in Germany, U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, and as a White House Fellow in the Office of National Service. He is Chairman of NYC’s Soldier Sailor Marines Airman Coast Guard Club. He joined FlightSafety International in 2014 and became Co-CEO and President of Government and Manufacturing. He currently works as a consultant. General Johns received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Dabney Kern

Commissioner, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Portrait of Mr. Dabney Kern in front of the U.S. flag.Mr. Dab Kern is Senior Vice President for Corporate Homeland and National Defense at CACI International Inc. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a pilot with a space subspecialty, a career that led to several government posts. He served as Director of the White House Military Office and Deputy Assistant to the President from 2014 to 2017, combining nearly 3,000 personnel in over 20 commands and directorates, including the White House Communications Agency, Presidential Airlift Group (which operates Air Force One and other associated platforms), Marine Helicopter Squadron One (with 22 rotary platforms including the V-22 Osprey and Marine One), the White House Medical Unit, and Camp David. He was Senior Director for Response and Recovery Policy at the National Security Council from 2009 to 2011. He spent the last seven years of his Navy career in national security appointments in the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, including Director of Homeland Security’s Mt. Weather Emergency Operations Center from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Kern studied information systems management, computer, and military science at Jacksonville University. He has degrees in information technology management from the Naval Postgraduate School and maritime security from the Naval War College.


Major General Gregory A. Feest (USAF, Retired)

Executive Director, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety

Major General Greg Feest concluded his 34-year U.S. Air Force career as Commander of the Air Force Safety Center and Air Force Chief of Safety. He since has worked at L3 Technologies as Vice President of USAF Programs and at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works) as Deputy Director of Operations, Business, and Strategy Development. A command pilot with over 5,600 flying hours, more than 800 in combat operations, Major General Feest has commanded at all levels, including an F-117A stealth fighter squadron, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, and 19th Air Force, the largest numbered Air Force with over 38,000 personnel, 1,500 aircraft, and 27 bases. With Air Education and Training Command, he served as Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support and as Deputy Director of Operations for all Air Force flying training. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Business Administration degree in Finance and Management. He has an MBA in Management and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He attended the Systems Acquisition Management General Officer Course, the Syracuse University National Security Management Course, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.