Lt. Gen. (Retired) Russell C. Davis is the President of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI). Prior to his military retirement on November 1, 2002, he was the Chief, National Guard Bureau (NGB), Arlington, Va. As Chief, he served as the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the President, General Davis served as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all National Guard issues. As NGB chief, he serves as the Army's and Air Force's official channel of communication with the governors and adjutants general.
General Davis began his military career in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 as an aviation cadet. Following pilot training, he was assigned at Lincoln Air Force Base, Neb. He was released from active duty in April 1965, when he joined the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. He served in numerous command and staff positions, from squadron pilot to Director of Operations. General Davis commanded the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing prior to being appointed the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard. The general was appointed Vice Chief of the NGB in December 1995.
Davis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in general education from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and earned his Juris doctor degree in law from Drake University. His achievements include the NAACP Roy Wilkins Achievement Award, the Tuskegee Airmen Achievement Award, and the Tuskegee Airmen Achievement and Service Award. He is a former member of the Drake University Board of Trustees. Mr. Davis was elected President of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in 2006 and re-elected in 2008.