HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay



Charles D. Metcalf, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He manages the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum, portraying the heritage and traditions of the Air Force through specialized exhibits. The museum features a 17-acre campus that includes 1.7 million square feet of public exhibit space, more than 400 aerospace vehicles and 65,000 artifacts. Mr. Metcalf also provides technical and professional guidance to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program, which includes 12 field museums, and 260 domestic and international heritage sites, accounting for nearly 31,000 items on loan.  Additionally, he ensures accountability for more than 6,000 historical artifacts and aerospace vehicles on loan to 450 civilian museums, cities, municipalities and veterans' organizations throughout the world.

Mr. Metcalf entered the Air Force in 1955 and served for nearly 36 years on active duty in a variety of financial management and planning positions, retiring in 1991 in the grade of major general.  He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005.

1955 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and accounting, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1962 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1964 Master of Business Administration degree, Michigan State University, East Lansing
1974 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Executive Development Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

1. 1955 - 1967, various capacities in financial management at levels ranging from base to major air command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force
2. 1967 - 1970, executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management, Washington, D.C.
3. 1971 - 1973, Deputy Director of Budget, Air Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.
4. 1973 - 1974, student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. 1974 - 1976, Chief, Operating Budget Branch, Directorate of Budget, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. 1976 - 1978, Director of Budget, Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. 1978 - 1982, Comptroller, MAC, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. 1982 - 1983, Deputy Director of Budget, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. 1983-1988, Comptroller, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. 1988 - 1991, Commander, Air Force Accounting and Finance Center; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Accounting; Deputy Director of Defense Security Assistance Agency, Washington, D.C.
11. 1996 - present, Director, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Vice President (at large), Central Region, Boy Scouts of America 
Leadership and Standards Committee, Central Region, Boy Scouts of America
Former member, City Council, Oakwood, Ohio
Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Greater Dayton United Way, Ohio
Former member, Board of Trustees, County Corp Development, Dayton, Ohio
Former member, Board of Directors, Greater Dayton Public Television, Ohio
Former member, National Alumni Board, Michigan State University 

(Current as of January 2006)


Facebook Twitter
RT @AusAirForce: Friends in high places... literally! Glad to continue the strong cooperation & mateship with @usairforce 🇦🇺🇺🇸 #AusAirForce
#Congrats to the #USAF 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award winners! https://t.co/5j07VznEsc
RT @DeptofDefense: For 41 years, the Global Positioning System has helped us find our way in the world. It’s a system that our modern way o…
#DYK: In 2015 the worldwide C-17 fleet reached 3 million flying hours. The equivalent of flying around the #Earth 5… https://t.co/U01R6Y1gPe
#USAF and @Nationals partner up to teach 40 new commanders and their spouses leadership techniques.… https://t.co/doApMhiIWX
#Airmen & #Soldiers in #Kuwait teamed up to train military working dog handlers on decontamination of their K9s in… https://t.co/QtlvQGUgyF
.@179AW #Airmen know the hardest part isn't the jump, it's the preparation for the heavy drop beforehand. https://t.co/WMV2fBXN2x
.@HQUSAFEPA #Airmen combined their capabilities to provide disaster relief to those affected by #CycloneIdai, deliv… https://t.co/kzkdQA8TOS
The results are in as #USAF announces findings from a year-long review on electronic warfare. Read on for more on t… https://t.co/wAEDCRjj5L
Congratulations to the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award recipients! Named in honor of the first @AF_Academy graduate… https://t.co/fiOTVLfrpD
RT @SecAFOfficial: Our military must have the ability to see what is going on around the world, quickly and without interruption...and this…
#USAF #Airmen and firefighters from five #CentralAmerican countries develop bonds with team-building training durin… https://t.co/An5wJIt0B6
#Brrrt! Check out this video of our hawgs training in the Philippines. #Warthog #Pilsung https://t.co/cL8E1oE5Ob
RT @SecAFOfficial: Today, the family & friends of Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole celebrated his legendary life. Dick and the rest of the Dool…
On the 77th anniversary of the #DoolitlleRaid, #USAF leaders, #Airmen, and the family and friends of Lt. Col. Richa… https://t.co/RE4wWGQe4t
.@GenDaveGoldfein to the family of Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole: Your father and grandfather was larger than life. https://t.co/5QnT5IufeN
.@SecAFOfficial pays tribute to the #DoolittleRaiders during the Celebration of Life Ceremony for Lt. Col. Richard… https://t.co/4jlAYfqdCa
The first to take-off from the U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942, is the last to land. We celebrate the memory of… https://t.co/WbkKxHSIY1
RT @PDShinkman: .@GenDaveGoldfein @SecAFOfficial greeting family and friends of Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last Doolittle Raider who passed aw…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Join me today as "big blue" gathers with family & friends to celebrate one of the rare giants of the #GreatestGenerati