General, United States Air Force (Ret.) and Retired Executive Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, a leading manufacturer of engines for military aircraft. General Newton retired from the United States Air Force in August 2000 after a distinguished 34 year career. He culminated his Air Force career as a four-star General and was Commander, Air Education and Training Command. His command consisted of 13 bases000 active duty personnel and 14,000 civilians. In April 2005 he was appointed by the President to serve as a commissioner on the Defense 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. General Newton joined Pratt & Whitney Military Engines in September 2000 as Vice President where he was responsible for all aspects of business development, customer requirements, support and services. He retired from Pratt & Whitney in March 2006 as Executive Vice President. General Newton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Education from Tennessee State University in 1966. In 1985, he received a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company and Torchmark Corporation, as well as on the non-profit Boards of the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Association.