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Leslie F. Kenne

First female Lieutenant General in the US Air Force

Lieutenant General, US Air Force

Also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Kenne directed three major development programs while in the Air Force—the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night, the F-16 and the Joint Strike Fighter. She also served as Vice Commander of Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, California.  Her last two positions before retiring were Commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration at the Pentagon.  She retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 after 32 years of military service.  Leslie is currently an independent consultant providing expertise and guidance to industry in the areas of program management, logistics, test and evaluation, and ethics compliance. In addition to the SRI Board, she serves on the corporate boards of Harris Corporation, the National Business Aviation Association, Oshkosh Corporation, and Unisys Corporation.


Learn more at the following links:

  • Official Air Force Bio:


  • SRI International Bio


  • Auburn University Bio


  • SES Government Solutions Article


  • State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame Bio


  • Harris.com Article


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