Jack Catton served more than 31 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a major general. As a command pilot and Fighter Weapons School instructor pilot, he logged more than 2,650 flying hours in single-seat fighter aircraft. He commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels with tours in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific region. In addition to his operational assignments, he served on the Air Staff, NATO Staff, and Joint Staff, and as Inspector General of Pacific Air Forces. Catton’s Air Force career concluded as the Director of Requirements at Air Combat Command, where he was responsible for both defining operational requirements for the Combat Air Forces and the oversight of 260 modernization programs.

As Vice President for Air Force Systems for The Boeing Company, Catton was responsible for cultivating and sustaining Air Force relationships and facilitating collaboration between the Department of Defense and Air Force leadership regarding Air Force requirements and the capabilities provided by The Boeing Company. He led Air Force program development efforts and strategies to keep programs sold, capture new programs, and grow warfighting capability in all Air Force mission areas. Catton coordinated program, Congressional and public policy interaction to ensure full funding for Air Force programs, including T-7A and the F-15EX.