Charles Horner, General, ex-USAF (Retd.)
General Charles A. Horner retired from the United States Air Force while serving as the Commander In Chief North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Space Command and Commander of Air Force Space Command.
During his career General Horner commanded two tactical fighter wings, two air divisions, the Air Defense Weapons Center and 9th Air Force prior to being assigned to Command Unified Space Command/NORAD. As commander of 9th Air Force, he also commanded United States Central Command Air Forces during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he was in command of all US and allied air assets. He is a command pilot with over 5,500 flying hours in a variety of fighter aircraft to include the F-15 and F-16. During two tours in the Vietnam conflict he flew 111 combat missions in F-105 aircraft.
A much-decorated general by the US military and recipient of many civilian awards, he has also been decorated by the sovereign nations of Bahrain, Canada, France, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
General Horner has written numerous articles on national security that have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Europe and South America. He co-authored with Mr. Tom Clancy the New York Times number one best-selling non-fiction novel, Every Man a Tiger, where he provides a first-hand account of the political and military mistakes the United States committed during the Vietnam conflict and the lessons learned that were applied during Desert Storm. He has appeared in numerous national and foreign TV programs on current events and the Gulf War and has been retained as a defense analyst by ABC and BBC News.
He served on the President’s Commission for White House Fellowships and the Defense Policy Board. Currently he chairs the University of West Florida Board of Trustees and vice chairs the KBS Living Oceans Foundation.
General Charles Horner is scheduled to sail on the following voyages (subject to change):