CXO Conversation Podcast

General Kevin “Chili” Chilton, Board Member, Astronaut and flying the Space Shuttle

The impressively humble General Kevin Patrick ‘Chili’ Chilton joins the show today to share his 34-½ years of experience in the Air Force as well as the successful transition he then navigated into corporate America. 

A note to those who have not served in the Armed Forces: I will be referring to our guest as either General or by his call sign of ‘Chili’ out of respect for his rank and his service to our country. 

Here is the full Part 1 interview: 

In this Bonus Cut ‘Chili’ talks about: 

  • The astronaut band at Max Q 
  • Deciding to join the US Air Force 
  • Problem-solving, leadership & critical thinking training 
  • Flying the Space Shuttle

General Kevin Patrick ‘Chili’ Chilton graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has flown pretty much every aircraft in the Air Force inventory including the RF4, F15, U2, and the B52. He attended test-pilot school, served around the world, and was selected as an astronaut that included three shuttle missions. He was also the Deputy Program Manager of Operations for the International Space Station. He then returned to the Air Force for key postings such as the Commander of the Ninth Recon Wing, Commander of the Eighth Air Force, and Commander of the Air Force Space Command and the United States Strategic Command. He is currently the only astronaut to obtain the rank of 4-star General. Chilli has served on boards of the Anadarko, Orbital, Aerospace Corporation, and both level three and post-merger with Lumen today as well as with Aerojet Rocketdyne. 

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