Hall of Fame 2016
Buster C. Glosson
Lt. General Buster Glosson, USAF (Ret.) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1965 and was commissioned as a distinguished graduate and second lieutenant through the NC State Air Force ROTC program.
General Glosson flew over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. He commanded the Air Force F-4 Fighter Weapon’s Squadron. He was the Commander of two Tactical Fighter Wings. Preceding the first Gulf War, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs). During the Gulf War, General Glosson was the “architect of the Gulf Air War”, he used precision weapons and stealth technology as the foundation for all Air War planning, “a first in the history of warfare.” Additionally, he commanded over 600 combat aircraft and 12,000 combatants.
After the Gulf War, General Glosson served as Director, Air Force Legislative Liaison. He culminated his military service as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements; where he was responsible for day-to-day worldwide operations, strategic planning and weapon system requirements. During this period, General Glosson led the design and development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Concurrently, he was the Air Force Operations Deputy to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff; where he recommended to the President the air assets necessary to support our Nation’s National Security Objectives and Military Strategy.
Following his retirement from the US Air Force, General Glosson activities have included: Member of CIA Director’s Advisory Board; Member of the BOD for a Restaurant Chain, Manufacturing Companies and Lynnwood Foundation; Member of Myers Park Methodist Church Administrative Board and Member of NCSU Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.
General Glosson is the author of “War with Iraq (Critical Lessons)”. He and his wife, Vicki, are the parents of a son, Brad, and a daughter, Tanya.