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General Lester L. Lyles

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Board Member

Phone: (703) ***-****  HQ Phone
Wolf Trap
1645 Trap Road
Vienna , Virginia 22182
United States

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Employment History

  • Independent Consultant
    KBR Inc
  • Company Director
    Precision Castparts Corp.
  • Director and Member of the Audit Committee
    General Dynamics Corporation
  • Independent Consultant
    MTC Technologies Inc
  • Vice Chief of Staff, the Highest Ranking Officer In the Service, Director
    Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
  • Commander
    Air Force Materiel Command
  • Vice Chief of Staff
    Air Force Materiel Command
  • Vice Chief of Staff
    U.S. Air Force
  • Commander
    U.S. Air Force
  • 27Th Vice Chief of Staff
    U.S. Air Force
  • Vice Chief of Staff
    Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor , Mechanical Engineering
    Howard University
  • National and International Security Management Course
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • Defense Systems Management College
  • National War College
  • honorary Doctorates
    Urbana University
  • honorary Doctorates
    New Mexico State University
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Web References
Gen. (Ret.) Lester L. ..., 4 May 2015 [cached]
Gen. (Ret.) Lester L. Lyles
General (ret.) Les ..., 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
General (ret.) Les Lyles Independent Consultant
Lester L. Lyles, 65, has ..., 21 Mar 2012 [cached]
Lester L. Lyles, 65, has been an independent consultant since 2003. Prior to that time, he served in the U.S. Air Force for over 35 years as: Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center from 1994 to 1996; Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization from 1996 to 1999; Vice Chief of Staff of the Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2000; and Commander of the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Lyles is also a director of General Dynamics Corporation, where he also serves on the Audit Committee, The Dayton Power and Light Company and Precision Castparts Corp. Mr. Lyles was previously a director of MTC Technologies, Inc. from 2003 until its acquisition by BAE Systems in 2007. Mr. Lyles joined the Board in November 2007 and is Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Lyles’s distinguished experience in the U.S. Air Force, especially his command of the Air Force Materiel Command, as the most important factor in concluding that Mr. Lyles should continue to serve on the Board. In addition, Mr. Lyles qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under the rules of the NYSE and provides expertise that assists the Board and the Audit Committee with their risk oversight function.
Johnson and Lyles are nominated ..., 7 Oct 2013 [cached]
Johnson and Lyles are nominated to serve as new members of the Board.
Lester L. Lyles
Lester L. Lyles is a retired General of the United States Air Force. He served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command from 2000 to 2003, and as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1999 to 2000. Gen. Lyles has been the Chairman of the Board of United States Automobile Association since November 2012, having previously been Vice Chairman from November 2008 to November 2012. He currently serves as a director of General Dynamics Corporation, KBR, Inc., and Precision Castparts Corp. He also served as a director of DPL, Inc., and MTC Technologies, Inc., each a former public company, within the past five years. During his tenure with the U.S. Air Force, Gen. Lyles managed significant operating budgets and addressed complex operational issues. Gen. Lyles has served on the Defense Science Board in the Pentagon since 2009 and on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House from 2009 to 2013. He has received many awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. He was named Astronautics Engineer of the Year by the National Space Club in 1990, and received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for outstanding contributions to military equal opportunity policies and programs from the NAACP in 1994. Gen. Lyles received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and both his M.S. in mechanical and nuclear engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from New Mexico State University, which named him Black Engineer of the Year in 2003. Through his deep military experience and service as a director of publicly-traded companies, Gen. Lyles is qualified to provide critical strategic and business advice and has thorough understanding of market, regulatory, and other challenges that face public companies, and brings to the Board a commitment to diversity and educational support for military personnel and veterans.
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