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December 4, 2019

U-2 pilot elected chairman of Cold War Museum board

Chuck Wilson
Charles P. “Chuck” Wilson has been elected the board of directors’ chairman of The Cold War Museum at Vint Hill.

The board provides oversight and direction for the nonprofit organization dedicated to education, preservation and research on the global, ideological and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The museum at 7142 Lineweaver Road is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.

Mr. Wilson replaces Ambassador Charlie Ray, who served three years as the board chairman.

The new chairman has diverse experience in politico military affairs, national security policy, defense acquisition and business development. A retired Air Force senior officer, Mr. Wilson served as a U-2 pilot and instructor pilot and held four commands at multiple operational levels. He also served in key positions on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense’s office and at the Department of State, where he led delegations to facilitate diplomatic arrangements for U.S. forces to deploy Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

After retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Wilson worked as an executive specializing in intelligence systems with Raytheon and L-3 Communications. He continues to serve as a consultant with the Goyak Group.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. A 1997 National Defense Fellow, he authored the book, “Strategic & Tactical Reconnaissance in the Near East.”
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