Walter Kross Walter Kross is a founding
member of CASS and served as a Senior Partner of Consolidated Air
Support Systems, LLC (CASS) and as Chairman of the Board for CASS
LLC and its subsidiaries CASS Professional Services Corp. (CPS)
and Allied Defense Services International, Inc. (ADSI), all of which
collectively do business as CASS, from 2004 until his retirement at
our Board of Directors Meeting in 2018.
He is a retired Air Force four-star general, and
brings a wealth of USAF and post-USAF corporate experience to the CASS
team. He has 49 years of military and business experience, primarily
in global transportation, but also in strategy, planning, operations,
eBusiness, computer software services, information systems, business
process improvement, personnel programs, customer value management and
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in 1998, he joined
KPMG Consulting as a Partner in their Global Transportation Practice,
serving airlines, rail, maritime, trucking, express delivery, and third
party logistics companies, both domestically and internationally. From
2001 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Flight Explorer, Inc., the world's leading provider of Internet-based,
real-time flight tracking information (acquired by Sabre, Inc. in 2007).
Concurrently, Gen Kross served as Chairman of USBA, Inc, the $1B Kansas
City-based Insurance Company, 2001-2003. He currently serves on the
Advisory Board for Washington DC-based Eutelsat America Corporation.
His military experience, from 1964 to 1998 was quite
extensive, culminating in his assignment as Commander-in-Chief of the
United States Transportation Command (US Transcom). The command provides
all air, land, sea, and intermodal transportation for the Department
of Defense and other customers worldwide. In this capacity, he was responsible
to the Secretary of Defense and the President for all defense transportation
matters. He oversaw a 168,000-person organization with more than 1500
aircraft, 120 ships, 1400 specialized railcars, 12,000 containers, a
worldwide network of aerial ports and seaports, and the corresponding
physical and IT infrastructure to operate daily across the entire world--including
contractually-based commercial partnerships in all modes, exceeding
$4.2 billion annually.
During the Persian Gulf War, he served as chief operating
officer of the U.S. Transportation Command, directing the largest transportation
operation since WWII. He also held numerous leadership and senior staff
positions including that of Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility
Command, Director of the Joint Staff, and Director of Operations for
the United States Air Force.
General Kross was commissioned in 1964. His early
career combined both fighter and airlift experience as he flew 157 F-4
combat missions, 100 over North Vietnam. He later transitioned to airlift,
then senior executive and congressional pilot support. He was assigned
to Headquarters U.S. Air Force for six years, part of that time in the
Chief's Staff Group. He has served as commander of a C-5 wing and was
Commander of 15th Air Force. He is a Command Instructor/Evaluator Pilot
with almost 7,000 flying hours in qualified in 14 different aircraft.
In Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak
leaf clusters and the Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters. He has worked
closely with the Department of Transportation, particularly the Federal
Aviation Administration. He was the prime champion for DOD's important
Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) program, teaming with FAA to establish
and fund what has become a multi-decade program of continuous aircraft
avionics enhancement enabling safe and efficient air operations worldwide.
His Pro Bono activities since leaving the Air Force
have been significant as well, leading a number of efforts in the past
16 years. In 1998, he founded and served as Chairman of the Secretary
of Defense's CEO Panel, a group of 15 CEOs that advised the Secretary
of Defense on how best to infuse cutting-edge commercial business practices
into the Department of Defense. Additionally, he served as Vice Chairman
of the National Defense Transportation Association for seven years (1998
Recipient of their National Defense Leadership Award) and he served
as Chairman of both the Airlift/Tanker Association, and the Sam Fox
He received his BS from Niagara University in chemistry.
He holds two MS degrees, one from Auburn University in government and
a second from Southern Illinois University in public administration.
He has attended senior executive programs at both Harvard and Northwestern
Universities. General and Mrs. Kross have been married for 47 years.
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