Lieutenant General Russell “Russ” Davis, (ret.)

Lieutenant General Russell C. Davis (ret.) served as Chief, National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. As Chief, he served as the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the President, General Davis served as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all National Guard issues. As NGB chief, he served as the Army’s and Air Force’s official channel of communication with the governors and adjutants general.

General Davis began his military career in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 as an aviation cadet. Following pilot training, he was assigned at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska. Davis’ assignments included strategic bombardment pilot, 4347th Combat Crew Training Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas and bomber pilot, 344th Bomber Squadron, Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was released from active duty in April 1965, when he joined the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines where he was a flight commander in the 124th Tactical Fighter Squadron, air operations officer, 132nd Tactical Fighter Group and Deputy Commander of Operations, Headquarters Iowa ANG, Des Moines to name a few of his assignments.

Davis has served in numerous command and staff positions. He was Executive to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Wing Commander of the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, District of Columbia ANG at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland prior to being appointed the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard. The general was appointed Vice Chief of the NGB in December 1995.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in general education from the University of Nebraska and a Juris Doctorate degree in law from Drake University. He is a former president of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

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