Retired Air Force General Richard B. Myers
Richard Myers was born in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1960 he graduated from Shawnee Mission High School (today’s Shawnee Mission North) in 1960. Myers graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1965, and was commissioned by Detachment 270 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at KSU. Myers entered the Air Force in 1965 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He received pilot training from 1965 to 1966 at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
Myers is a command pilot with more than 4100 flying hours in a T-33 Shooting Star, C-37, C-21, F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, including 600 combat hours in the F-4, and served our Country during the Vietnam War and Iraq War. Myers graduated from Auburn University with a Master of Business Administration in 1977.
Myers attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
General Richard Myers held many Commands including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command, Air Force Space Command, Pacific Air Forces and Fifth Air Force. Myers was the acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States of America. Myers has received 47 military awards and decorations. He retired from military service on September 30, 2005.
On November 9, 2005, Myers was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for distinguished service as Chair of the Military Joint Chiefs of Staff and many years of honorable military service to our nation.On April 14, 2016, Myers was selected as interim president of Kansas State University. On November 15, 2016, the KSU Board of Regents announced Myers as the university’s president. The university has named the Military Science Building Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall, in honor of his service and dedication.General Myers and his wife Mary Jo have two daughters and a son.