General Walter Kross, former chairman of the Airlift/Tanker Association, was named as one of this year’s Gathering of Eagles.
He was selected due to his accomplishments during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. General Kross served as Director of Operations and Logistics for all defense transportation requirements. As the director, he orchestrated the largest transportation operation since World War II, shipping 3.5 million short tons of cargo, 6.1 million tons of Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL), and over 503,000 personnel. General Kross later served as the Director of the Joint Staff and Commander of Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command. He has more than 5,700 flight hours in fighter and airlift aircraft. General Kross retired in 1998 after 34 years of service.
General Kross served as Chairman of the Airlift/Tanker Association from November 2008 to November 2013.
The Gathering of Eagles (GOE) Foundation mission is to promote the study of aviation history by honoring the accomplishments of airpower pioneers. GOE is the capstone event in the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) curriculum. The program traces its roots to 1980, when ACSC invited retired Brigadier General Paul W. Tibbets to visit Maxwell AFB, Alabama, to share his flying experiences with ACSC students. The first official GOE program, “Great Moments in Aviation History,” began in 1982. Since then, GOE has recognized more than 450 Eagles.
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