Major General (ret.) Donald W. Shepperd is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc. He is a defense consultant, author, speaker and military analyst for CNN and ABC radio. He serves on several boards.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in the fourth class, 1962. M.S. degree from Troy State University 1986. Harvard University Program forSenior Executives in National and International Security and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program.
Retired on January 27, 1998 as head of the Air National Guard in the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
From 1989 – 1994 he served as Deputy Director, Air National Guard in the Pentagon. Prior to that Air Commander of the 102d FW flying F-15s at OtisAir National Guard Base, Cape Cod, MA. Also, Vice Commander of the Air National Guard’s 162d FW (A-7/F-16 ) in Tucson, AZ. Attended Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL. in 1985-86. The first Air National GuardResearch Fellow at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education (CADRE). Started Guard career with 111th Tactical Air Support Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1969.
Flying tactical fighters at the 162d FW, Tucson, AZ. held all positions from flight commander, to squadron commander, to deputy commander for operations and finally vice commander. Also flew with Trans World Airlinesand was National Sales Manager of the Light Aircraft Division of Grumman American Aircraft Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio.
1962-1969 on active duty with the USAF as a tactical fighter pilot stationed in Germany and Vietnam. Flew 247 fighter combat missions in Southeast Asia. Forward Air Controller flying two-seat F-100Fs over North Vietnam. Book “Misty” details the experience. Decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Flew the F-15, A-7, F-100,F-106, O-2, C-21, T-37 and T-38 aircraft. Over 5,500 hours flying time, mostly in fighters.
Lives in Tucson, AZ. Website is: www.shepgroup.com (http://www.shepgroup.com)