Newton retired as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters USAF, where he oversaw the administration and organization of the Air Staff, which develops policies, plans and programs; establishes requirements; and provides resources to support the Air Force’s mission. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and was the Air Force accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés.
Born at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., Newton hailed from an Air Force family and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978. His command assignments include the first B-2 squadron, a B-1B operations group and a B-52 wing. He served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as a planner, then executive officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, and later as Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Future Systems for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel.
After five years in the position, Buckwalter leaves AFA after having provided strong leadership and expertise. He leaves behind key accomplishments including: the development and expansion of AFA’s flagship STEM program, CyberPatriot – the National High School Cyber Defense Competition, and completion of the Association’s transition into an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization. Prior to taking his EVP position, he served in the USAF as a logistics group commander, component repair squadron commander, requirements action officer and executive officer on a major Air Force staff in Europe -- and also had held several positions within AFA, AEF (Aerospace Education Foundation, and other committees.