Stephen W. Wilson
General, U.S. Air Force, ret.
Stephen W. Wilson (General, U.S. Air Force, ret.) is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.
General Wilson spent nearly 39 years in the U.S. Air Force. He has extensive operational experience, including commanding the largest Wing in the Middle East and commanding and reinvigorating America's nuclear Bombers and Missile forces in Global Strike Command before assuming his duties as the 39th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
As the Vice Chief, he managed organizing, training and equipping over 685,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen, and helped direct strategy, policy, acquisition, technology, personnel, and risk management. He helped manage the planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of the Air Force's $205 billion annual budget. General Wilson also served on the Joint Requirements Oversight Council setting the acquisition requirements for the Department of Defense.
General Wilson's many awards and decorations include three Defense Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and two Air Medals. General Wilson is a command pilot with over 4,500 flight hours that include nearly 700 combat hours. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He holds two Masters degrees - one in Engineering Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and one in Strategic Studies from Air University.