Retired USAF Lieutenant General selected to pilot new Museum
HOUSTON – The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) is pleased to announce that Douglas H. Owens, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired), will become the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer effective September 19, 2016. As CEO, General Owens will have the overall responsibility for strategic planning, construction and the ongoing success of the new $35 million aviation history and STEM museum currently under construction at Houston’s Ellington Airport.
“The Lone Star Flight Museum will be one of the outstanding aviation museums in the country and I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to its success,” said General Owens. “Combining aviation history with the science of flight and the responsibility we have to educate and inspire our nation’s young people is a passion I embrace and a mission I’m happy to lead.”
General Owens, a decorated combat pilot with more than 3,100 flight hours, retired from the United States Air Force in 2013 after more than 33 years of military service. During his time in the Air Force, General Owens served in numerous flying, staff and leadership positions, including tours as Vice Commander of Pacific Air Forces and as Vice Commander of Air Force Air Education and Training Command.
Following his Air Force career, General Owens was a defense-related consultant and was active with charitable organizations in the San Antonio area. He currently serves as National Commander and Chairman of the Board of the Daedalians, the national fraternity of military aviators.
“We are delighted to have a leader with General Owens’ impressive military and professional background join the Museum as CEO,” said Scott Rozzell, Chairman of the LSFM Board of Directors. “He brings to the Museum a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning and communication as well as financial and personnel management skills. I know that he will make a significant contribution as we prepare for the Museum’s move to Ellington Airport and in the ongoing success of our new facility.”
LSFM President and COO Larry Gregory will continue to be responsible for the operation of the Museum’s award winning collection of flying aircraft and will report directly to General Owens.
“General Owens is an extraordinary addition to the Museum,” said Gregory. “His expertise as a pilot and as a leader in the non-profit sector will make him an exceptional asset to our organization. I look forward to working with him to fulfill and advance the LSFM’s mission and vision.”