Immediately before joining Cornerstone, Mr. Fleming spent over four years with one of the industry’s leading defense-oriented government relations and lobbying firms. Prior to that, he was Chief, Army Liaison to the United States House of Representatives. During these three years on Capitol Hill, he developed extensive contacts with a broad variety of Members of Congress and committee and personal staffs. He has traveled throughout the world with Members and staff of nearly all committees of the House. Mr. Fleming was positioned to provide unique insights to the senior civilian and uniformed leaders of the Department of Defense on an array of key issues affecting the annual congressional authorization and appropriation cycles. He also routinely interfaced with embassies, foreign governments, and industry overseas on issues of congressional interest ranging from international relations and trade, to counter-drug and environmental concerns, while conducting fact-finding travel with congressional delegations.
In his earlier legislative assignment, Mr. Fleming worked specifically with the Senate and House Armed Services committees as the Army’s primary point of contact for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) account, which at the time was funded at $39 billion annually.
Mr. Fleming possesses a strong combat arms background, serving in light, air assault, mechanized, and heavy divisions in Korea, Europe, and the continental United States. Within Army aviation, he possesses an uncommon breadth of operational experience, having served in air cavalry, assault, attack, and utility units. Qualified in seven U.S. and foreign military helicopters, Mr. Fleming received his Master Aviator rating while in command of an AH-64 (Apache) battalion.
Mr. Fleming earned a B.A. in Government from Ohio University and an M.A. in Management from Webster University, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a life member of both the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).