Gen. Lester Lyles, USAF (Ret.)

Chair, Users’ Advisory Group
National Space Council

Professional Background: Retired from the United States Air Force after a distinguished 35-year career, most recently as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Prior to that he served as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and Chief Technology Officer, and Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization at the Department of Defense.  Experience running large, high-technology organizations involved in aeronautical and astronautical research, development, and acquisition.

Awards & Service: Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, was elected to the National Academy of Engineers in 2011, former Chair of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academy of Engineering, former member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House, the Defense Science Board, and the State Department International Security Advisory Board. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit.

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. M.S. in Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

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