Advisory Board

Mike Holmes

General Mike Holmes (retired) departed active duty in the Air Force in 2020 and became an advisor to Air USA in 2021. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a senior advisor at The Roosevelt Group, and the Chairman of the Board at Red 6.

Mike completed his Air Force service leading the transformation of Air Combat Command (ACC), a global organization operating and sustaining over 1000 aircraft and 11 Air Force Bases with an annual operating budget of $7.4B. As the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, he led a team that shifted Air Force strategy to respond to a new national security environment and built and defended the USAF‘s input to three $600B Five Year Defense Plans with the Department of Defense and U.S. Congress. As the Deputy Commander of Air Education and Training Command, he directed all aspects of USAF education and training, from basic and technical training to advanced degree programs. As the Air Force’s Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Requirements, he coordinated global Air Force operations and requirements with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and regional military commanders. As Principal Director for Mid-East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he formulated regional defense policy with the National Security Council and Department of State and coordinated US defense relationships and activities with international partners.

Before assuming his strategic roles, he commanded Air Force teams in positions of increasing complexity, responsibility, and accountability at the squadron, group, and wing level, including a year in command of Air Force forces in Afghanistan. Mike graduated from the US Naval War College National Security Strategy program with highest honors and completed both the US Air Force’s School for Advanced Air and Space Power Studies program and the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course. He was the Graduate of the Year in the University of Alabama’s MA in History program at Maxwell AFB and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a fighter pilot with over 4000 hours in the F-15 and T-38, including over 500 combat hours.



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The Roosevelt Group

The Roosevelt Group is a bipartisan government relations firm with hundreds of years of combined political, legislative, military, and executive branch experience available to their clients.

TRG harnesses the breadth and depth of its entire team for each client, including over 30 Senior Advisors who served in leadership positions across the Department of Defense, the executive branch, Capitol Hill, and the broader national security community. For Air USA, TRG provides critical insights into aerospace and defense policies and initiatives, ensuring our team engages the correct government stakeholders to drive mutually beneficial outcomes for our objectives as well as U.S. national security interests.



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Chris Miller

Mr. Miller has over 25 years experience in the aviation and human capital arena. He is the Managing Partner of Shearwater Aero Capital which is a private finance company offering asset based financings for aviation assets across the globe.

Prior to Shearwater Mr. Miller was the Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners Business Aircraft Investment (BAI) Group. The BAI Group provided capital solutions to the Business Aviation Industry; specifically, asset based lending on medium to large sized business aircraft.

Prior to a career in business aviation finance, Mr. Miller was a performance management consultant working with management teams of both small and large organizations on the execution of their strategies. Notable projects include working with a private equity group to form a venture to fly cargo into geopolitically unstable regions of the world as well as working with large defense contractors to help fulfill urgent need requests from US military forces based in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before entering the business world, Mr. Miller served in the United States Marine Corps, as an F/A-18 pilot, Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety and currently holds a commercial pilot rating. He is an accredited “Senior Aircraft Appraiser” with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and the former President of the National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA). Mr. Miller received a BA from Denison University and an MBA from Columbia University.



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