Brigadier General Kenneth L. Ross retired April 4, 1998 from the Headquarters of the Louisiana Air National Guard. General Ross, during his tour of duty at the headquarters, served in the positions of Director of Air Operations, Commander, Assistant Adjutant General (AIR), and Chief of Staff of the Louisiana Air National Guard.General Ross began his military career in May 1969 as an Air Operations Specialist in the Louisiana Air National Guard. He received his commission in March 1970 as a Pilot Trainee. Throughout his career in the Louisiana Air National Guard, General Ross served as Tactical Fighter Pilot, Operations and Plans Officer, Chief of Plans, Director of Air Operations, Commander, Assistant Adjutant General (Air), and Chief of Staff. General Ross is married to the former Linda Cooper Mayes of Hammond, Louisiana. They have four children, Ron, Ashley, Megan and Dixie. The Ross’ reside in Hammond, Louisiana.
1967 Bachelor of Arts degree, Southeastern Louisiana University1971 Juris Doctorate, Louisiana State University1974 Squadron Officer School1982 Air Command and Staff College1985 National Security Management Course
1. Mar 1970 – May 1971, Pilot Training 3561 Student Squadron, Webb Air Force Base, TX2. Jun 1971 – Aug 1971, F-100 CCTS, Short Course, 162nd Tactical Fighter Group, Tucson, AZ3. Sept 1971 – Mar 1979, Tactical Fighter Pilot, 122nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, USNAS, New Orleans, LA4. May 1981 – Feb 1988, Operations & Plans Officer and Chief of Plans, 159th Tactical Fighter Group, USNAS, New Orleans, LA5. Feb 1988 – April 1998, Director of Air Operations, Commander, Assistant Adjutant General (Air), Chief of Staff, HQ Louisiana Air National Guard, New Orleans, LA
Rating: Command pilotFlight hours: 2437Aircraft flown: F-100, F-4C, F-15APilot wings from: Webb AFB, TX
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Service MedalLegion of MeritMeritorious Service MedalAir Force Commendation MedalAir Force Achievement MedalAir Force Organizational ExcellenceAward with four oak leaf clustersCombat Readiness Medal with silveroak leaf clusterNational Defense Service MedalMilitary Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardAir Force Longevity Service Awardwith silver oak leaf cluster Armed Forces Reserve Medalwith one deviceSmall Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon Air Force Training RibbonLouisiana Distinguished Service MedalLouisiana Legion of MeritLouisiana Cross of MeritLouisiana Emergency Service RibbonLouisiana Longevity Medalwith four fleur de lis
In his civilian life, General Ross is a senior law partner in the firm of Seale & Ross; Managing member of Ross Property Management, LLC and President of Ross & Wallace Paper Company, a Louisiana manufacturing company. His civic affiliations include the National Guard Association of the United States, The American Legion ,Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and the Louisiana Bar Association. General Ross is also an officer or board member of numerous church and civil organizations.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant Mar 25,1970First Lieutenant Oct 14, 1972Captain Oct 16, 1974Major Apr 16,1980Lieutenant Colonel Sept 18,1985Colonel Nov 5,1988Brigadier General Apr 8,1992