Raymond Powell concluded a 35-year career in the United States Air Force in November 2021. After enlisting in 1986 he was trained as a Vietnamese linguist, then served tours in the Philippines and Hawaii before receiving his commission in 1993 through Officer Training School. He went on to serve in various operations management and cyber communications roles.
Ray commanded the Air Force Honor Guard in Washington DC from 2009 to 2011, then entered training to become a foreign area officer. He served as the Air Attaché to Vietnam from 2013 to 2016, and the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché to Australia from 2017 to 2020. His other assignments have included Japan, Germany, two tours in Qatar and three in the Pentagon. He also deployed to combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ray received his bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University in 1992 and his master’s from Central Michigan University in 1999. He is a 2021 Fellow at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.