- BS Electrical Engineering 1965
Lieutenant General David Vesely began his Air Force career in 1965 upon graduation from Michigan Tech’s ROTC program. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in Vietnam. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1995, when he took command of 14th Air Force – the historic Flying Tigers. Early in 1997, President Clinton nominated him to be Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. In March 1977, General Vesely was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the rank and position.