Sue C. Ross is a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. As a member of the Board, Ms. Ross inquires into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters relating to the Academy that the Board decides to consider.

Ms. Ross was appointed to the Board in 2008 by the President.


Ms. Ross is a retired Air Force colonel and command pilot with operational leadership experience. She is owner and founder of Sierra Consulting, a company that provides speechwriting, writing training and other writing services to a variety of corporate, government and non-profit clients. She has experience writing speeches for high-ranking leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CEOs of successful companies. Her speeches have been delivered to a wide range of audiences, including the President, foreign heads of state, Congress, national TV audiences and leadership seminar attendees.

Ms. Ross has taught speechwriting and writing seminars to Department of Defense staff members and general officers. Her writing portfolio includes two books for high school students applying to service academies along with articles published in international journals, statements to Congress and correspondence for cabinet members.


1984-1988, T-38 Talon Instructor Pilot, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
1988-1991, KC-135 Stratotanker Commander and Evaluator Pilot, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
1993-1995, Assistant Professor of English, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1996-1998, Staff Officer and Speechwriter, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
1998-2000, Commander, 41st Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2001-2003, Commander, 92nd Operations Group, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
2003-2005, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Head Speechwriter, Washington, D.C.
2005-present, Owner, Sierra Consulting, Monument, Colo.


Master of Science, National Security Studies, National War College, Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts, English, University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science, History, U.S. Air Force Academy