Left to right: Former ISS President R. Daniel Crumbaugh; Gen. Rodney P. Kelley, USAF, and Gov. George Ryan.
A native of southern Illinois, Major General Rodney P. Kelly is the assistant deputy chief of staff for plans and programs for the United States Air Force in Washington, DC. He is responsible for planning and programming, and for manpower activities within the corporate Air Force. In this capacity, Maj. Gen. Kelly develops, integrates and analyzes long-range and strategic plans, the $450 billion Future Year Defense Program, manpower and organizational requirements, and management innovation to support national security objectives and military strategy. The general was commissioned lieutenant after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1967 at Southern Illinois University. He is a command and combat pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours. Before assuming his current position, he directed operations at Headquarters U.S. Space Command. Maj. Gen. Kelly has received several awards and decorations for his outstanding service to the United States. These honors include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Medal; and the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.