General Ralph E. “Ed” Eberhart, USAF (Ret)
Keynote Speaker at the 20 FWA Reunion in Colorado Springs 2021
The 20 FWA Formal Banquet will be held on Saturday, 11 September 2021—the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On this infamous day in American history, our keynote speaker, General Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, USAF (Ret), was the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Commander of U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs.
A fighter pilot with over 5,000 flying hours in nine aircraft types, including the O-2, F-4E, F-16, and F-15, General Eberhart graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968. On his first operational assignment, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters while flying 300 combat missions as a forward air controller in Vietnam. During his 36-year year career, he served in a wide variety of squadron, wing, and key staff and leadership positions, including Commander of the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Shaw AFB, S.C. (before the 20 FW moved from RAF Upper Heyford to Shaw in 1994), Commander of 5th Air Force in Japan, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Commander of Air Combat Command, and Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command, and U.S. Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Colorado. General Eberhart retired in January 2005 and continues to work in support of several military and space-based endeavors.