Ray Johns joined FlightSafety in 2014 as Senior Vice President, Government. He assumed responsibility for FlightSafety Services Corporation and the training products and services the company provides to government agencies at its commercial Learning Centers and at military facilities around the world.
He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2015. His responsibilities were expanded to include all flight simulation technology and the design, manufacture, and support of simulators and other advanced training devices, visual systems, and displays.
Prior to joining FlightSafety, Ray served 35 years in the United States Air Force and retired with the four-star rank of General. He commanded the US Air Force Air Mobility Command and oversaw an annual operating budget of $20 billion with 1,300 aircraft and 135,000 Air Force personnel providing the Nation’s rapid global mobility and sustainment.
Ray served in the Pentagon as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs prior to AMC. He developed, integrated, evaluated and analyzed the US Air Force annual $120 billion budget, the Future Years Defense Program, and Air Force Long-Range Plan. Ray was honored to be chosen as a White House Fellow in 1991, where he was a senior staff member in the Office of National Service. He served in senior policy positions at both the US European Command in Germany and US Pacific Command in Hawaii.
He is a highly experienced test pilot having flown over 5,000 hours in more than 83 different aircraft, and was the chief test pilot and test program manager for the VC-25 Air Force One program.
Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the US Air Force Academy and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government a Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University. Ray is on the Board of Directors at Air Transportation Services Group, the National Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America and US Air Force Science Board.