Michael C. Gould

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Michael C. Gould
Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould.jpg
Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Years of service 1973-2013
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Third Air Force
Second Air Force
Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal

Lieutenant General Michael C. Gould (born 1953)[1] was the 18th Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy.[2] He assumed command on June 9, 2009[3] and retired from service in July 2013. Prior to assuming the position of superintendent, he was Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. General Gould is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in a variety of aircraft.

Early life and education[edit]

General Gould is a native of Kent, Ohio and graduated from Kent State High School in 1971.[4][5] He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 1972 and earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976. Gould starred as a defensive back on the Air Force football team.[6]

Military career[edit]

General Gould has commanded an operations group, an air refueling wing, an air mobility wing and the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. He has also commanded the 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, and the 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss. His operational and staff assignments include three tours at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, along with duty as an Air Force aide to the President and military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He served as the Director of Mobility Forces for Operation Joint Endeavor and as U.S. European Command's Air Expeditionary Task Force commander for the deployment of African Union troops into the Darfur region of Sudan.


  • June 1976 - January 1977, graduate assistant football coach, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • January 1977 - December 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
  • December 1977 - August 1981, T-38 instructor pilot, flight scheduler, safety officer and runway supervisor unit controller, 97th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  • August 1981 - June 1985, physical education instructor; assistant men's golf coach; head prep-school football coach; and T-41 instructor pilot, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • June 1985 - July 1986, T-38 pilot training instructor, flight commander and standardization pilot, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • July 1986 - August 1988, executive officer to the Vice Commander, Air Training Command, and standardization pilot, Headquarters ATC, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • August 1988 - July 1989, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • July 1989 - June 1990, Chief, Officer Professional Military Education, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • June 1990 - July 1992, Air Force aide to the President, The White House, Washington, D.C.
  • July 1992 - June 1993, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • June 1993 - September 1994, KC-10 aircraft commander and assistant operations officer, 6th Air Refueling Squadron, and special assistant to the operations group commander, 722nd Operations Group, March AFB, Calif.
  • September 1994 - February 1995, Deputy Commander, 438th Operations Group, McGuire AFB, N.J.
  • February 1995 - June 1996, Commander, 305th Operations Group, McGuire AFB, N.J.
  • July 1996 - December 1996, Chief, Mobility Forces Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • December 1996 - April 1998, military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • April 1998 - January 1999, Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan.
  • January 1999 - August 2000, Commander, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
  • September 2000 - May 2002, Commander, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Colo.
  • May 2002 - July 2004, Director of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • July 2004 - November 2005, Deputy Commander, 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
  • November 2005 - May 2008, Commander, 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss.
  • June 2008 - May 2009, Director, Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
  • June 2009 – July 2013, Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

Dates of Rank[edit]


In October 2013, three months after retiring from the Air Force, Gould was named to the first-ever College Football Playoff selection committee. His selection to the committee came under some scrutiny as he had been away from the game since the 1970s, when he played and later coached at Air Force.[7]

After his committee appointment, a controversial program came to light in a Colorado Springs Gazette article. To help combat illicit drug use and sexual assaults by Air Force Academy students, the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) created in 2011 a system of student informants to hunt for misconduct among students.[8] According to The New York Times in Academic Year 2014, "after the informant program ended with no further convictions, reports fell by half."[9] The New York Times has cited a letter to Congress from former AFOSI Agent, Staff Sergeant Brandon Enos, who said that Gould had interfered in cases involving football players. In turn Gould said to The New York Times that the suggestion that he had interfered with the investigation “preposterous."[9] Gould said that the allegations would not stop him from serving on the playoff selection committee.[10] A recent special on ESPN E60 titled "Operation Gridiron" aired on 11/04/2014 showed an in-depth look at the scandal at the Air Force Academy regarding drugs and rape which took place under Gould's leadership. It uncovers how Gould not only attempted to cover up the scandal and protect high-profile football players at the Academy, but also set out to punish the students who provided intelligence on the scandal.[11] In June 2016, a report was released regarding his role in AFOSI investigations from 2011. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports he also prevented AFOSI from interviewing the Air Force Academy football coaches who may have had information on allegations of drug use and sexual assault by players. Gould's 2 year appointment to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee concluded following the 2016 Playoff game.


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Military offices
Preceded by
John F. Regni
Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
2009 - 2013
Succeeded by
Michelle D. Johnson