Charles Boyd

Retired four-star general of the U.S. Air Force
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Charles Boyd is a retired four-star general of the U.S. Air Force and Starr Distinguished National Security Fellow at the Center for National Interest, a nonpartisan public policy institution established by former President Richard Nixon. Gen. Boyd retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. A combat pilot in Vietnam, he was shot down on his 105th mission and survived 2,488 days as a prisoner of war. The only POW from that war to achieve the four-star rank, General Boyd's final military assignment was as Deputy Commander in Chief of U.S. forces in Europe. His military decorations include the Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours. Boyd received his KU bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Latin American Studies in 1975 and 1976.


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