Maj. Gen. Larry "Stutz" Stutzriem is a recognized expert in national security, aerospace power, and combat aircraft operations. He coaches transformative leadership for high-impact teams.
While serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander and strategist, he attained the rank of Major General. He’s flown F 4, F 16 and A 10 aircraft. Additionally, he flew T 37 and T 38 aircraft as both instructor and commander in the Air Force’s rapid-paced Undergraduate Pilot Training Program.
Following 9/11, General Stutzriem was on the leadership team that directed air operations in Afghanistan resulting in the surrender of the Taliban government in ninety days. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He pioneered time-sensitive targeting in Afghanistan that led to current high-leverage targeting concepts. During nation-building operations in Iraq, he was assigned to the U.S. Department of State to reinvigorate the political-military interface. He received State's top service award while acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. His final assignment was as Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy for U.S. Northern Command and NORAD. There, he led a dynamic team that achieved historic breakthroughs in Theater Security Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and the first Arctic defense strategy. He was a key leader in the modernization of the structure by which defense assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities, such as responses to natural and man-made disasters.
After retiring from the military, he established GaleForce Pathways with the purpose of lifting economic opportunity in historically underutilized business zones through the power of small business. General Stutzriem is also the Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Mitchell Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to afford policy leaders effective policy options through the domains of air, space, and cyber that achieve security objectives without placing numbers of American lives at risk.
General Stutzriem has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Arizona State, a Masters in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle, and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.