Major General Donald W. Shepperd, USAF (Ret.) is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc. He performs independent consulting on defense, strategic planning, executive leadership, information technology and visioning and preparation of executive teams for the 21st century. He was a fighter pilot who flew 247 combat fighter missions in Vietnam. He retired in 1998 from the Pentagon where he served as head of the Air National Guard. He commanded over 110,000 Air National Guard personnel, 1400 aircraft, 88 flying units, and 250 support units spread throughout the 54 states and territories. General Shepperd was a military analyst for CNN.

     He is also a writer and provides military commentary for radio in Arizona, Colorado, and the east coast.  He serves on several boards and was an ad hoc member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

     He lives with his wife in Tucson, Arizona. His latest book, Bury Us Upside Down, published by Random House, is available in bookstores and on-line.


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  • Hi, General Sheppard,

    I learned recently from General Jim Johnston of Colorado Springs that you have become a published author in your retirement. Cathy and I moved to Colorado in 2013(Thornton) following the grand kids and I am writing as well. I will be publishing my second book later this month (Riding the Real Amtrak: Denver to DC) and hope to generate several more travelogues featuring Amtrak. My first published book was in 2013 (Last Train From Cleveland: The Story of A Railyard Engineer (Self published). I am also finishing my next book (Through The Flack: The story of a B17 Bombardier) which I hope to publish in 2017. This book is a narrative non-fiction and concerns my Dad, (401st Bomb Group) whom you so graciously consented to award his medals from WWII during in the NGB Conference room of the Pentagon That’s a day I’ll never forget.! .All three of my sons went on to serve in Air Force and Guard and one is still serving the Guard in the 167th AW as E-8. and looking forward to E-9. I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for me and my family.

    .Chip Deyerle


  • Don, As I was doing some work in my office my eyes happened to focus on a photo of myself with Gens Fogleman and Mooreman made during the time you assigned me as the ANG Assistant to AFLR, a time which I feel was the pinnacle of my military career. As I look back, I wonder if I ever adequately thank you for not only this assignment but also the years I was privileged to be involved with your LRP Process. I have not been able to keep up on you and your activities as I have been unable to attend the past few NGAUS Conferences due to family commitments however I hope this will change in the near future. One of my grandsons graduated from the Academy in 2014 and is now stationed at Luke going through F-16 training. If possible, I would love to take a side trip to Tucson to drop in on you. If this is possible, please let me know how to contact you. Again, thank you so very much for all you did for the ANG, RIANG as well as myself personally. Regards, Jay

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