President of the United States
There have been three US Presidents who were pilots. All were Texans. President George W. Bush joins President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President George H. W. Bush in the Hall of Fame. President Bush received his wings at Moody Air Force Base in 1969 and was later stationed at Houston’s Ellington Field where he flew F-102 fighters with the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He used the knowledge, discipline and leadership skills learned as a military aviator in the business world and later as Governor of Texas from 1994-2000 and as 43rd President of the United States from 2001-09. President Bush led the country in a time of great challenge and change. The September 11 attacks occurred less than a year into his presidency. President Bush led the US response to those attacks which included extended combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his administration, the Department of Homeland Security was created and the Patriot Act passed. On the domestic front, President Bush placed a high priority on education reform and Medicare coverage of prescription drugs.