Many of STARRS’ Board of Directors and Board of Advisors members, at one point, took an oath to support and defend the US Constitution against its enemies, both foreign and domestic. For STARRS, both in concept and in practice, that oath has no expiration date.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

Lt Gen Rod Bishop, USAF (Ret.) is the founder of STARRS and served on active duty for 34 years as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and flight examiner. He commanded airmen at every operational level, including two squadrons, an operations group, an airlift wing, and a numbered air force. General Bishop’s last assignment was as Commander, 3rd Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Airbase in Germany, where he oversaw all American air and space activities in 93 countries in Europe and Africa.

Vice Chairman of the Board

MG Joe Arbuckle, USA (Ret.) first enlisted in the Army in 1968, and was later commissioned in the Ordnance Corps upon graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1970. Having volunteered for duty as an Infantry Officer, he served a year in Vietnam as an Advisory Team Detachment Commander and as an Assistant District Senior Advisor. He has commanded troops at multiple levels, including as Commanding General of the Joint Ground Task Force, which included an Army and Marine Brigade, as well as Commanding General of Industrial Operations Command (IOC), which was later redesignated the US Army Operations Support Command. General Arbuckle retired after 30 years of dedicated service.

President and CEO of STARRS

Dr. Ron Scott, PhD, Col, Usaf (Ret.) is a 1973 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the Air Force, including command at all levels from flight to wing, senior policy positions at a major command and at the Pentagon, combat as a command pilot with flight time in the OV-10, F-4E, and C-130E/H, and overseas assignments in Europe, Asia, and Southwest Asia. Ron has a master’s in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a PhD from Arizona State University. He is also Vice President and Director of Operations at the American Constitution Foundation.

Col John Brockman, USAF (Ret.) is a 1974 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. During his 27-year active-duty career, John flew over 4,000 hours as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and commander of a C-5 squadron, and served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm. He has a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from the Naval War College. John founded and ran two start-up companies – one developing cutting edge technology, and the other a landscaping business with his daughter.

Maj Ron Olds, USAF (Ret.) is a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and one of STARRS’ founders.  After graduation, Ron flew F-4s in the Pacific theater and combat missions over North and South Vietnam.  He then served 15 years as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1992 after 23 years of service.  After over 37 years in a variety of engineering and management jobs, Ron retired in 2012 as Vice President of Sales and Zone Director for North & South America for Michelin Aircraft Tire Company located in Greenville, SC.

LCDR Bruce “Squire” Davey, USN (Ret.) is a 1969 graduate of the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) and was a Navy Blue Angels narrator and pilot from 1976 to 1979. Prior to flying with the Blue Angels, Bruce had over 180 carrier landings and more than 1,900 hours of tactical jet time.

BG Christopher J. Petty, USA (Ret.) is a 1987 graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and has degrees from Colorado State University and US Army War College. He was a UH-60 instructor pilot with over 2,500 flight hours between the UH-60 and UH-1. General Petty commanded troops in combat at various levels, and his Army career culminated with assignments commanding the NATO Headquarters in Bosnia, and as Deputy Director of Operations, Special Actions, at United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). He is founder of BattleDigest (

CMSgt Kenneth Battle, USAF (Ret.) served more than 33 years on active duty and in the Air Force Reserves. Chief Battle’s distinguished military career culminated as the Maintenance Operations Superintendent for the 315th Airlift Wing’s Maintenance Group. He founded the nonprofit Communities for Liberty, and is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Economic Continuity Alliance, which provides supportive services to African American start-ups and seeks to strengthen existing black-owned businesses in the tri-county area surrounding Charleston, SC.

Martha Ostrom is President and CEO of Foundation & Fundraising Consultants, LLC and is STARRS’ Vice President of Donor Relations. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology, a master’s in Justice Studies, and a PhD in Public Administration from Arizona State University (ASU) where she and her husband continued serving students, staff, and faculty by leading and coordinating fundraising efforts for the ASU Foundation for over 30 years. Martha was married to the late Professor Lonnie Ostrom who is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

COL Sam Thiessen, USA (Ret.) is a 1973 graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point) and is STARRS’ Vice President of Public Outreach. He is actively involved in the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and served as Seventh Region President from 2014 to 2020. He is currently CEO at Ag Bio-Power, LC, and is a part-time analyst with the Northrup Grumman Corporation.

Board of Advisors

Lt Col Robert “Buzz” Patterson, USAF (Ret.) is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, served as senior military aide to President Bill Clinton, and served 20 years as a pilot on active duty with tours worldwide including combat operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia.

Lt Col Jack “JJ” Stuart, USAF (Ret.) is a highly decorated, retired fighter pilot with a distinguished 28-year career of operational peacetime and combat fighter experience in the F-4E Phantom, F-4G Wild Weasel, T-38A/B/C and F-117 Nighthawk. Jack works as a patent attorney and commercial airline pilot with Air Transport Pilot qualification in the Boeing B-777, Boeing 737, and Airbus A320 transport aircraft with over 15,000 hours total time.

Jane Hampton Cook is a 10-time published author, presidential historian and a former White House staffer. Jane is also a national media commentator, columnist, and contributor to and, and is a frequent guest on the Fox News channel, CNN, BBC, SKY News, and CNBC.

Scott Sturman is a 1972 distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he majored in aeronautical engineering and was elected class president. Scott received the Colorado Engineering Council’s Medal as the Outstanding Engineering Student and the Jewish War Veterans Award as the Outstanding Cadet in Physical Education. After flying helicopters for five years, Scott attended medical school at the University of Arizona, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. He retired in 2018 after a 35-year career in private practice medicine.

Chaplain, Maj Gen, Charles C. Baldwin, USAF (Ret.) is a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Chaplain Baldwin began his career as a pilot, flying for 5 years including two combat tours in Vietnam, one of which was in the Super Jolly Green Giant HH-53 rescue helicopter. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals. After graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chaplain Baldwin served as a pastor in Kentucky and Indiana, and later, from 2004 to 2008, he served as the Chief of Chaplains for the US Air Force.

Elaine Donnelly is Founder and President of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues. Since its founding in 1993, CMR has advocated for high, uncompromised standards in all forms of military training and sound priorities in the making of military/social policies. Elaine has published articles in many newspapers and magazines nationwide, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, The Federalist, National Review Online, the Washington Times, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and the Naval Institute’s Proceedings.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. He is host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally syndicated program heard weeknights throughout the country.

M. Zuhdi Jasser is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and Co-Founder of the Muslim Reform Movement. He is also the author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith. In 2012, Dr. Jasser was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) where he served two terms both as Commissioner and Vice-Chair until May 2016. He hosts the podcast “Reform This!” on the Blaze radio network.

Col Rob Maness, USAF (Ret.) worked his way up from the enlisted ranks to full Colonel and retired from active duty in 2011, ending a 32-year career in the military. He led numerous combat operations, including as a bomber squadron commander in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was serving in the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack. Following military retirement, Rob worked as an executive in a Fortune 500 energy corporation. He graduated Cum Laude at the University of Tampa, and holds master’s degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the Air Command and Staff College, and US College of Naval Warfare. Rob is the founder and owner of Iron Liberty Group, and is host of the Rob Maness Show.

Maj Gen Bentley Rayburn, USAF (Ret.) is a 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and was cadet wing commander his senior year. He was a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in aircraft that include the F-4, F-16, and AT-38. General Rayburn commanded at multiple levels and led combat missions over southern Iraq, enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Saddam Hussein regime, and was the senior battle staff director during Operation Allied Force, directing joint operations over Serbia and Kosovo. His distinguished career culminated as the Commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

General Counsel

Michael T. Rose is a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and serves as STARRS’ Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs, General Counsel. Mike has a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mike is an associate attorney at a major law firm and has founded and been President of various entrepreneurial companies. Mike was the winner and plaintiff of a landmark US Supreme Court decision about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He served four terms as a Republican State Senator in South Carolina, and has lectured at various universities, colleges, professional organizations, and television programs, including on CBS “60 Minutes.”


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