Charles Wald - Excelsior College
Charles F. Wald
General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Master's degree in international relations, Troy University
Charles F. Wald (USAF, Ret.) serves as vice chairman, federal practice senior advisor, at Deloitte Services LP. He is responsible for providing senior leadership in strategy and relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense. General Wald is a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counterterrorism, and international energy security policy.
Wald retired from the U.S. Air Force as a four-star general after serving more than 35 years in the U.S. military as a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and 430 combat hours. In his last position, he served as deputy commander of U.S. European Command (USEUCOM).
Wald earned his commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1971. He was drafted into the National Football League by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970. He has combat time in Vietnam and as an F-16 pilot flying over Bosnia. Wald also served as a T-37 instructor pilot and F-15 flight commander. Other duties included chief of the U.S. Air Force Combat Terrorism Center, support group commander, operations group commander, and special assistant to the chief of staff for the Quadrennial Defense Review. He was the director of strategic planning and policy at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, served on the Joint Staff as the vice director for strategic plans and policy, and was the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for the Air and Space Operations at the Pentagon.
In 2013, Wald was named part of the DefenseNews "100 Most Influential People" listing for U.S. Defense and a Top 100 Airpower Advocate. Wald received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, and several others. He earned a master's degree in International Relations from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts in pre-law from North Dakota State University. He has also completed coursework at Harvard University and the National War College and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from North Dakota State University.