Richard B. Myers
Retired Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Retired General, United States Air Force
Elected to Deere & Company
Board of Directors, 2006
Retired U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the U.S. military's highest ranking officer – from 2001 to 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. He previously served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he was the chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, vice chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, and a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council.
Previously, Myers was commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, commander of the Air Force Space Command, and Department of Defense manager of Space Transportation System Contingency Support at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Earlier he was commander of the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. He held operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force assignments. A command pilot, he has flown more than 4,100 hours in the T‑33, C‑37, C‑21, F‑4, F‑15, and F‑16 aircraft, including 600 combat hours in the F-4. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005.
Besides serving as a director at Deere & Company, Myers serves on the board of directors of Aon plc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and United Technologies Corporation. He also serves on the Defense Health Board - Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense and on the board of Rivada Networks. Following his retirement, Myers was selected as the Colin Powell Chair for National Security, Leadership, Character and Ethics at National Defense University and the Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University. Myers is chairman of the USO, a trustee of Fisher House, and a member of the KSU and VFW Foundations and the Midwest Research Institute.
Myers holds a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas State University and a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University. He attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.