MGen Clay T. McCutchan, USAFR, Ret., Executive Director
Clay T. McCutchan is a life long resident of Northwest Florida having grownup in Fort Walton Beach, FL and resided in Harold, Florida since 1979. He served on Air Force active and Reserve duty for 37.5 years in a number of conventional and special operations positions as a combat pilot, commander, and staff officer. While serving with the 919 SOW at Duke Field, he flew the AC-130A Spectre Gunship in the 711 SOS for 19 years and then stood up the 5 SOS MC-130P squadron as it's first commander. He earned the Air Force Association President's Award as commander of the top Reserve aircrew in 1989. While he commanded the 5 SOS, it earned the Grover Loening Award as the top Reserve flying squadron two years in a row. During OPERATION Iraqi Freedom he volunteered for recall and ended up as the Provisional Commander of 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB, SC. He completed his military career as the HQ AFSOC/MA at Hurlburt Field in December of 2009.
His civilian career included working as a local high school social studies teacher and ag-pilot between 1979 to 1984 before joining the Air Force History Program. He spent seven years as the 33 Fighter Wing Historian, fifteen years as the HQ AFSOC assistant command historian, and finished up his last seven historian years as the AAC/96 Test Wing historian in 2013.
Since 1979, he and his family has built and operated a private airport near Harold, Florida.