Brigadier General (Ret.)
General David Hicks served 30 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and General Officer. Dave retired as a Brigadier General working at the Air Force HQ Staff in the Pentagon. As the Director of Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments, he was responsible for developing and synchronizing Air Force Strategy and Strategic Planning efforts and assessing planning products with strategic guidance.
General Hicks graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989 with a degree in Engineering Mechanics. He also holds a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering. Dave has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels, including two combat command tours leading multinational and multi-service forces. His duty history includes multiple combat air forces flying assignments, including serving as an instructor and commander at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.
General Hicks is a command pilot with over 3800 hours and over 125 combat missions. He has participated in Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Resolute Support.
Dave's most recent combat command assignment was as the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces tasked with training, advising, and assisting the building of the Afghanistan Air Force. Hicks' complete Air Force biography can be found at the following URL.
General Hicks has broad experience as a Senior Executive Leader with a successful history of solving challenging problems and leading organizations through difficult situations. Dave is passionate about building teams, coaching/mentoring future leaders, and sharing his leadership experiences to help others grow. He is a Bombardier Global 6000 Pilot and Managing Director at Victory Strategies. Dave also serves on the Board of Directors for the Team 5 Medical Foundation (https://www.team-5.org)