Ray is responsible for FlightSafety’s global government business, and the design, manufacture, and support of flight simulation products and visual systems. He also leads the activities of FlightSafety Services Corporation and the training services the company provides to government and military agencies around the world.
He serves as a National Executive Board Member, Boy Scouts of America; is a member of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation Board of Trustees; member of the Boards of Directors of the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard & Airmen’s Club and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; on the Board of Advisors of Worldwide Aeroscraft; and member, Air Force Studies Board.
Prior to joining FlightSafety in 2014 as Senior Vice President, Ray served in the United States Air Force for 36 years. He retired with the rank of General on Jan. 1, 2013.
Ray commanded the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He led 135,000 Air Force personnel in providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces. His responsibilities also included Presidential and nuclear airlift, air refueling, and aero-medical evacuation operations.
He commanded a fleet of 1,300 aircraft and managed relationships with 120 commercial air carriers. Ray directed air logistical responses to the Libyan crisis, Haiti earthquake, Japanese tsunami, Iraq drawdown, and Afghan surge. He served as the Director of Mobility Forces for operations in Bosnia, and was responsible for strategic airlift in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ray served in Washington, DC, at the US Air Force Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs. He developed, integrated, evaluated and analyzed the US Air Force annual budget, the Future Years Defense Program, and Air Force Long-Range Plan to support national security objectives and military strategy.
He was chosen as a White House Fellow in 1991, where he was a senior staff member in the Office of National Service. Ray served at the Headquarters of the US European Command in security assistance, strategy and congressional affairs, and at the Headquarters of the US Pacific Command as Deputy Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.
Ray is a highly experienced test pilot having flown over 5,000 hours in more than 83 different aircraft. He was the chief test pilot and test program manager for the VC-25 Air Force One Replacement Program.
He received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University. Ray also graduated from the US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives, Harvard University.