Thursday, October 01, 2015

[099] Decorated Air Force fighter pilot speaks at MTSU Sept. 17

MURFREESBORO — Decorated war veteran and officer Carl G. Schneider is a featured MTSU guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Business and Aerospace Building’s State Farm Lecture Hall.

A retired U.S. Air Force major general and fighter pilot, Schneider will discuss “Leading and Managing in a Changing World” in the military, leadership and management lecture.

Schneider’s appearance, which is open to the public and MTSU community, is presented by the Department of Aerospace and the university’s National Business Aviation Association student organization. The event is free.

To find parking and building location, a printable campus map is available at BAS is located at 1642 MTSU Blvd.

“It will be exciting to hear from such an experienced and respected leader about how aviation and leadership have developed together in the past 30 years,” said Spencer Wells, MTSU aerospace student and National Business Aviation Association student group president. “I’m sure we will all be able to learn something from the stories and perspectives he’ll share.”

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17, a North American P-51 Mustang owned by Wes Stowers of Knoxville, Tennessee, will be on display at Murfreesboro Airport, 1930 Memorial Blvd. The public is welcome to view the plane.

The Red Tail Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen flew North American P-51 Mustangs. The plane played a significant role in combat across Europe during World War II.

Schneider served more than 30 years in the Air Force as a commander and pilot. In July 1962, he went to Vietnam. As one of the first Air Force officers assigned to the 2nd Air Division, he helped establish a forward air control/air liaison officer program, working and flying with the Republic of Vietnam Air Force.

His military decorations include in part the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Schneider is in the Arizona State University College of Business Hall of Fame and the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. He has owned several businesses and has a passion for helping veterans.

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