is a founding
Director of the Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies
(MINDS) and a it’s
Mr. Van Fleet has over 37 ½ years of military service in the
Guard. His experience in the National Guard includes serving as a
Guard Soldier, ready for mobilization, and as an active duty soldier in
the enlisted and Officer ranks.
in the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1956, was mobilized in 1961 and
commissioned in 1963. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class
becoming an officer, and grew in the ranks to the grade of Colonel. He
in various assignments including, command, operations, training, and as
executive to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau prior to his
worked as a
military technician for the Kentucky National Guard for 7 years before
returning to active duty under the Active Guard-Reserve Program in 1975
remained until retirement.
service Mr. Van Fleet owned and operated Van Fleet, Incorporated, a
Consulting firm. After closing
that business in 2000 he was employed by FATS, Incorporated as Director
National Guard Programs, providing small arms training support to both
and Air National Guard. He retired
from FATS in 2004 and in 2005 took a part time position with IIF Data
Incorporated. He decided to again return to
retirement in December of 2009 and now devotes his time to writing,
and support of MINDS.
his wife Erma reside
in Northern Virginia.