William L. Shelton, General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

William L. Shelton, General, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Outside Director

General (Ret.) William “Willie” Shelton is an Airbus U.S. Outside Director and member of the Government Security Committee.

He is an independent consultant serving on corporate boards for PredaSAR, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. and Voyager Space Holdings. He is also Chairman of the Colorado Thirty Group.

General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of USAF and DOD organizations. He commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events and while leading Air Force Space Command, he drove the development of new satellite architectural concepts to address growing space threats and significant fiscal challenges.

General Shelton earned a BS in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976, an MS in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1980, and an MS in national security studies from the National War College in 1995.