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Craig Franklin

CRAIG FRANKLIN is the President of Consolidated Air Support Systems (CASS) LLC. He is the FAA Accountable Executive for the company. He has over 15 years of senior operations and leadership experience directing organizations ranging in size from 100 to 25,000 people. He has a demonstrated success record in planning, organizing and executing successful operational plans in pursuit of organizational missions. He is a highly effective communicator with specific skills in Strategic Planning, Accession Planning, Organizational Leadership, Teambuilding, Financial Stewardship, and Crisis Management.

Prior to joining the CASS Team in 2014, Major General (Retired) Franklin had a long and distinguished career in the USAF culminating as the Commander, 3rd Air Force (AF) and 17th Expeditionary Air Force (EAF), supporting U.S. European and U.S. Africa Commands respectively. General Franklin was commissioned in 1981 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His past assignments include flying duties as an instructor pilot and later Commander of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School F-16 Division.

General Franklin also commanded a test and evaluation group and three wings, including command of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Joint Base Balad, Iraq. His staff assignments include a tour as a project officer for the F-22 Raptor program; Executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Naval Station Norfolk, VA; Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon Washington D.C; and Vice Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General Franklin is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours in the F-16A/B/C/D, B-52, B-1B, AT- 38A, T-38A and T-37B. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School, F-16 Weapons Instructor Course.

Gen Franklin has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition, he is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University where he was simultaneously awarded a Master's degree in National Resource Strategy.

Gen Franklin's major awards and decorations include the Defense Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Craig also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Youth Impact Program (youthimpactprogram.org)

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