Richard A. Burpee
Prior to his retirement from the Air Force in March 1990, General Burpee was the Commander of 15th Air Force with responsibilities for managing one half of the forces in Strategic Air Command (Nuclear Ballistic Missiles).
Previously, he served as the Director of Operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff responsible for directing U.S. military forces worldwide. He served in Air force Headquarters in the Pentagon with extensive experience in strategic planning, operations and budgeting. He commanded the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center from 1983 to 1986.
Earlier, he acquired extensive operational experience as a pilot and commander in fighter and bomber units, including command of the 509th Bomb wing and the 19th Air division. General Burpee has flown over 11,000 hours, including 336 combat missions in the F-4 aircraft in Vietnam.
During his Air force career, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with cluster, Bronze Star and Air Medal with 14 oak clusters.
Edward R. Bracken (Ret.)
Major General Edward R. Bracken is chief of staff, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. AFLC provides logistics resources necessary to keep Air Force units and weapon systems in a state of readiness, and sustain their operations in peace, war and contingencies. The command carries out this mission through five air logistics centers and 11 specialized centers, and has approximately 90,000 airmen, officers and civilian employees throughout the world.
The general is a command pilot with 4,000 flying hours and 130 combat missions. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Brigadier General Richard Hefton (Ret.) enlisted and served five years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force where, after completing Aviation Cadet training he was a jet fighter pilot, flight commander, flight instructor, engineering test pilot and aircraft accident investigator. He is rated a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours in military and civilian aircraft. His tour was followed by 31 years active service in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.
He was retired from the U.S.A.F. in 1990, at the time, serving as Assistant Adjutant General and Commanding General of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, composed of a C-130 Airlift Wing in Oklahoma City; F-16 Fighter Wing in Tulsa; two Electronic Engineering Squadrons and Civil Engineering Squadrons, Aero Med Evacuation and Air Support Squadrons with some 2,500 personnel.
Chief of Police
Thomas "Mike" Jahn (Ret.)
Mike comes to DCA with a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. As a former Captain with the US Army Military Police, and subsequent training and assignment as a US Army Ranger, Mike started out his civilian law enforcement career as a patrol officer for the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department. After several years on patrol, he worked his way up through the ranks and eventually made to the position of Commander. After Mike’s retirement from Phoenix, he accepted the position of Chief of Police for Midwest City, Oklahoma. Being more conducive to Mike’s career goals, he eventually relocated to sunny South Florida and accepted the position of Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Sunrise, Florida until final retirement from law enforcement in 2002.
Mike has been an author, lecturer and law enforcement committee chair for Ethic’s in Law Enforcement. He has a Master’s Degree in Higher-Education from the University of Arizona, and his BS in Criminal Justice. Mike speaks fluent German and is also a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Academy in Quantico, Virginia.