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Frank C Van Fleet is a founding Director of the Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies (MINDS) and a it’s first President.

A native of Kentucky, Mr. Van Fleet has over 37 ½ years of military service in the Army National Guard. His experience in the National Guard includes serving as a traditional Guard Soldier, ready for mobilization, and as an active duty soldier in both the enlisted and Officer ranks.

Mr. Van Fleet enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1956, was mobilized in 1961 and commissioned in 1963. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class prior to becoming an officer, and grew in the ranks to the grade of Colonel. He served in various assignments including, command, operations, training, and as executive to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau prior to his retirement in 1993.

He also 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 and remained until retirement.

Upon retirement from active service Mr. Van Fleet owned and operated Van Fleet, Incorporated, a Defense Consulting firm.  After closing that business in 2000 he was employed by FATS, Incorporated as Director of National Guard Programs, providing small arms training support to both the Army and Air National Guard.  He retired from FATS in 2004 and in 2005 took a part time position with IIF Data Solutions,

Incorporated.  He decided to again return to retirement in December of 2009 and now devotes his time to writing, painting and support of MINDS.

He and his wife Erma reside in Northern Virginia.