Term: May 7, 2015 – July 15, 2019
Dr. Richard P. Hallion received a doctorate in history from the University of Maryland and completed postgraduate executive study programs at the Federal Executive Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was a founding museum curator at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution; served as a historian with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Air Force; held the General Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College; ran the USAF History and Museums Program; and was a senior advisor on aerospace technology and policy for the Secretary of the Air Force.
Hallion serves as an advisor to the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies (RAF-CAPS) and is a consultant to various organizations including the Mitchell Institute of the Air Force Association, and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).
He has flying experience as a mission observer (not pilot) in a wide range of military and civil aircraft and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society.
Hallion was appointed as a founding trustee of Florida Polytechnic University.