Co-Chairman, Board of Directors
Lieutenant Colonel Rich Peace is an F-16C+ Instructor Pilot currently based in Montgomery, AL, as a member of the Alabama Air National Guard. In addition to his military service, Lt. Col. Peace is a 757/767 Pilot and Instructor for Delta Air Lines (Atlanta, GA) and owner of Peace Development Groups, LLC.
Lt. Col. Peace first joined the Air Force as a response to the unprecedented attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. During his 17+ years in the Air Force, he has 5 combat deployments totaling in 700 combat hours flown during 180 aerial missions. Following a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Peace was hired to be a First Officer for Delta Air Lines in December 2014, while he also transitioned to become a traditional member of the Air National Guard.
It was this transition that afforded him the opportunity to create his company and start a nationwide program to encourage aviation careers in predominantly minority and disadvantaged communities.
In 2015, Rich Peace started his own company, Peace Development Group, LLC (PDG), with the goal of improving his neighborhood and other communities throughout the southeast. One of the first projects of the new company was to develop the Red Tail Scholarship Foundation (RTSF).
As a founding board member of RTSF, Mr. Peace has been working tirelessly to develop a scholarship and mentoring program to encourage minorities to pursue careers in aviation. RTSF awarded its first full aviation scholarship January 2017.
Not stopping there, PDG partnered with Atlanta Sports Connection, Inc (ASC), to start building industry in the newly developed city of Stonecrest, GA. As a member of the Board of Directors of ASC, Mr. Peace has been instrumental in developing what is now the single biggest employer in the city of Stonecrest.