General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton
Family Man|Mentor|Pilot| General |Author|Educator|Committed to Service
Living the Dream tells the story of an African-American boy who had dreams of serving in the United States military, wearing the uniform, and demonstrating that he could be more than what his childhood circumstances and others predicted he would be. Not only did Newton break the bonds of segregation and disenfranchisement, but he also went on to accomplish much more than he could ever have imagined during his early life. Strong parents and education opened doors for him to dream and dream big. He made many of his dreams a reality along the way. He became a fighter pilot in the US Air Force and was the first African-American pilot to fly with the US Air Force Demonstration Team, "The Thunderbirds." Newton retired from the Air Force in 2000 as a four-star General.
By Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton and
BJ Harvey Hill
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Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton is a retired Executive Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut. As Executive Vice President, he was responsible for all aspects of customer requirements, support, and services. He provided leadership and direction for all business development, aftermarket services, and activities associated with integrated logistics support and fleet management. He helped to grow the Pratt & Whitney Military Engine business to $1.3 Billion in annual revenue.
A retired four-star General, Newton joined Pratt & Whitney in September 2000 after a successful 34 & 1/2 year career with the US Air Force. He was born in Ridgeland, South Carolina, where he graduated from Jasper High School. In 1966, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation education and commissioned a Second Lieutenant at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985, he received a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
The General is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, C- 12, and the F-117 stealth fighter. In 1968, he flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam and was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, in November 1974. From 1978 to 1982, he was assigned as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. He has commanded three wings, an air division, and held numerous senior staff positions.
Newton culminated his Air Force career as the Commander, Air Education and Training Command where he was responsible for recruiting, training, and the education for all Air Force personnel. His command consisted of 13 bases, 43,000 active duty personnel, and 14,000 civilians. In 1998, General Newton was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame and in April 2005, he was appointed by President Bush to serve as a commissioner on the Defense 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (The BRAC). In 2008, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a commissioner for the White House Fellows Program. Currently, General Newton serves on the Board of Directors ofL3 Harris Technologies Corporation, The National Business Aviation Association, and Polaris Tech Charter School. In 2018 he was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, San Diego, and was awarded the prestigious Wright Brother Memorial Trophy, DC in December 2018.
Newton is married to the former Elouise Morning and they reside near Hilton Head, SC.
Effective April 2019
General Newton has a heart for education. He has worked to express that passion with Polaris Tech Charter. He was on the Steering Committee that developed the school and is now sits on the Board of Directors. Polaris Tech is a school that focuses on student empowerment and personalized learning. Want to know more?
General Newton sees an extension of education as mentorship. He enjoys talking to young people, listening to their stories and dreams, and giving advice and assistance where he can.
NBAA, Board of Directors
General Newton Is currently a member of this Board of Directors and is a former Chair of this prestigious board. The business aviation community consists of companies of all sizes that rely on many different types of aircraft – from single-pilot airplanes to turbine aircraft that fly internationally, to helicopters that survey rush-hour traffic – and the fixed-base operations and many other services that support flight operations at the nation’s 5,000 public-use airports.
L3 Harris, Board of Directors
General Newton Is currently a member of this Board of Directors of L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) L3Harris is an American technology company, defense contractor, and information technology services provider.
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