General Douglas M. Fraser, U.S. Air Force (retired), brings over thirty-seven years of leadership and military operational experience to Iridium. Recently retired, his last military position was as the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for U.S. military operations in the 45 states and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean. During his career, he commanded operational Air Force flying units, from the squadron to the numbered air force level, and joint units, including a sub-unified command and a NORAD air defense region. In addition, General Fraser commanded the Space Warfare Center and served as the USAF Space Command director of operations for two and half years. He has flown over 3,300 hours in the F-15 and F-16 and his awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. General Fraser holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the US Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in political science from Auburn University.