In 2008, General Moseley completed a distinguished 40+ year military career as the 18th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, serving as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organizing, training and equipage of over 700,000 Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civilian personnel serving worldwide. In this role, General Moseley also served as the Nation’s senior Airman and provided primary military advice and counsel to the President and National Security Council on operational, planning and programming issues relative to global air, space and cyberspace operations.
Moseley was a career fighter pilot with over 3,000 hours flying the latest combat aircraft. He commanded combat units from a fighter squadron and fighter group to a large composite wing, numbered air force and theater air/space component command. In that capacity as Commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces he was directly responsible for the planning and execution of combat air/space operations against hostile Taliban an and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan and along the Horn of Africa (Operation Enduring Freedom) and against hostile Iraqi forces (Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom).
Moseley has been “Knighted” by the Queen of England by being named a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE). The President of the French Republic also named him a “Commander” in the National Order of the Legion of Honor. He was personally awarded two Defense Distinguished Service Medals by the Secretary of Defense for his combat innovation and leadership in the Middle East, and upon retirement he was also awarded a third Air Force Distinguished Service Medal as well as Distinguished Service Medals from the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy and from the Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security. The Air Force Association has included General Moseley in its Lifetime Achievement Award and the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff have also awarded General Moseley the Air Force’s highest civilian award in his presentation of the Distinguished Service Award.
Texas A&M University has recognized his accomplishments and dedicated service with their Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as well as the Boy Scouts of America’s God and Country Award at age twelve. Additionally, the Independent School District of Grand Prairie, Texas honored him in 2007 by naming their newest elementary school the “Mike Moseley Elementary School.”
Moseley is a former Director of the EastWest Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is Chairman of Hillwood Aviation (A Perot Company) with offices in Texas. He serves on a variety of supervisory boards and civic organizations and he is also President/CEO of Moseley and Associates, LLC, consulting on global security matters as well as operationalizing new technologies and remains active in lecturing on leadership and the international security environment.