Brian Bishop Class Of 1983
A 1983 USAFA graduate, Brian Bishop, Maj Gen (ret) started his career as a T-37 first assignment instructor pilot and then transitioned to the F-16 where he was both and instructor pilot and evaluator. He has held staff positions at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Air Staff, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Joint Staff, U.S. Forces Korea, United Nations Command and the Air Force Division, U.S. Military Training Mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Brian has commanded at all levels to include the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds,” the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, Korea and the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. During his 32-year career Brian served as Deputy Director, Legislative Liaison and Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs Western Hemisphere. Brian’s career culminated when he served as Commandant Air War College and Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education. Upon his retirement in 2015, Brian has worked for Northwestern Michigan College as an adjunct professor and Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Associate. Currently, Brian is the Vice President of Operations for Goulian Aerosports and Mike Goulian Aviation and the President of Brian T. Bishop & Associates, LLC.
My Air Force Academy experience provided a foundation for my 32-year Air Force career. Throughout my career, especially as a senior officer, my first job was to ensure the development of our Airmen (officer and enlisted) so that they might continue to enhance their integrity, service and commitment to excellence—our AF Core Values. I firmly believe that if we develop our Airmen then the right people will be promoted at the right time to lead the USAF in the future. Now, I desire to use my leadership and experience to ensure that, as alumni, we bolster USAFA’s mission and maintain the highest levels of leadership and character development, academic standards and athletic achievement. We have extraordinary access to networks providing skills and resources that, if coordinated, will assist the Academy to achieve these goals. In the same manner, our alumni network can assist all USAFA graduates, promote camaraderie and a unified spirit. Finally, fostering our shared heritage, traditions and graduate accomplishments is paramount. This is the role of the AOG and I wish to dedicate my energy and experience to strengthening bond and support of USAFA by our graduates.