LTC Ravi Chaudhary, a student in Georgetown University's Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program, was recently confirmed as one of the fourteen members of President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. According to the White House press release, "the Commission is charged with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in and access to federal programs. These members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being." The announcement was made during the opening ceremonies of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month which is held each May.
"My doctoral research at Georgetown is focused on executive leadership, and how individuals can innovate in the public and private sector by using interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems," explained
LTC Chaudhary. "I'm honored to serve on the Commission, and look forward to using my research and experiences to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders."
A Career in Public Service
LTC Chaudhary is an Air Force officer currently serving as Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He has logged over 3,000 flight hours as a pilot and flight test engineer, including over 700 combat hours.
Previously, LTC Chaudhary served as:
- Commander of the U.S. Air Force's 317th Recruiting Squadron (2011 to 2013)
- Chief of Strategy Integration in the Air Force Strategic Plans and Programs division as well as Secretary of the Air Force Executive Action Group at the Pentagon (2009-2011)
- C-17 Pilot in a variety of operational, deployed, staff and leadership roles for Air Mobility Command (2001-2009)
- Aerospace/Flight Test Engineer for Air Force Materiel Command (1993-2000)
LTC Chaudhary's awards include the NASA Stellar Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals. He received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Science from Saint Mary's University and a Master's in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Force's Air University.
"My new mission is to ensure that the men and women serving in bunkers, ships and aircraft all over the world have one more voice in Washington to speak on behalf of their needs," LTC Chaudhary recently told the Air Force. "I look forward to hitting the ground running and serving on behalf of my fellow service members and their families."
Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program
White House press release
Air Force article on LTC Chaudhary
American Bazaar feature story
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Photos courtesy of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.