Bush, Charles V., Maj

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8016-Intelligence Staff Officer
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1968-1970, 1st Air Force
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1959 - 1970
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Charles V. Bush

Charles V. Bush


Missoula, Montana Area

  • Owner at Ant Hill Ventures
  • Harvard Business School
  • Georgetown University
  • United States Air Force Academy
Management Consulting

Charles V. Bush’s Summary

Mr. Charles V. Bush is a retired senior corporate executive. In his career, he was Vice President, Business Development, Hughes Electronics Corp.; Senior Vice President, Hughes International; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ICN Pharmaceuticals; Vice President, Treasurer and Vice President, Corporate Controller of Max Factor & Co.

Mr. Bush was also President, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, The Nostalgia Network, a cable television network targeting the older demographic. He finished out his business career as President and Chief Executive Officer of a competitive telecom corporation of which he was a founder.

In 1954, Mr. Bush was selected by Chief Justice Earl Warren for appointment as the first African-American Page on Capitol Hill. He graduated from The Air Force Academy in 1963 and was among the first African American cadets to graduate from the Academy. In the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Bush served in Vietnam as an Intelligence Officer, with a fluency in Vietnamese. He holds the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal, with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He earned a M.A. degree from Georgetown University in International Relations, with a fluency in Russian, and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Mr. Bush has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mutual Life Insurance Co., the American Montessori Society, and the International Executive Council of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, three years as a member and three years as a Vice President. He is a 30 year member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and is a member of the FEI Diversity Task Force. Mr. Bush is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Maecenas Fund, whose mission is to provide post high school scholarships to students of merit and need from under performing high schools.

Charles V. Bush’s Experience

  • Owner

    Ant Hill Ventures

    (Entertainment industry)

    Currently holds this position

Charles V. Bush’s Education

  • Harvard Business School

    M.B.A. , Finance , 19701972

    Activities and Societies:
    Co-Chair, African-American Student Union
    The Century Club
  • Georgetown University

    M.A. , International Relations , 19631964

    Activities and Societies:
    Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
  • United States Air Force Academy

    B.S. , International Relations , 19591963

    Activities and Societies:
    Debate Team
    Wing Championship Rugby Team
    Squadron Commander
  • Capitol Page School

    High School , 19541957

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Charles V. Bush’s Groups:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Financial Executives International
The Maecenas Fund
Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society
US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Assn.
Harvard Business School Century Club
USAFA Way of Life Alumni Group
Harvard Business School Alumni Assn.
Georgetown Univ. Alumni Assn.

  •    Service Academy Society
  •    Georgetown University Alumni Group
  •    Harvard University Alumni
  •    Financial Executives International (FEI)
  •    Pi Sigma Alpha
  •    Alpha Phi Alpha Network
  •    Diversity Recruiting Strategy Group
  •    USAF Academy Department of Management
  •    U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  •    Harvard Business School Alumni
  •    USAFA Alumni
  •    USAFA AOG
  •    Linkin Montana
  •    Ivy League Alumni
  •    BoardSource
  •    Harvard Business School Century Club Alumni
  •    Bronze Star Recipients
  •    The Intelligence Community (IC)
  •    National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Charles V. Bush’s Honors:

The Bronze Star

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medals(2)

Other Comments:
11/6/2012 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- The first African-American to graduate from the Air Force Academy passed away Nov. 5 at his home in Lolo, Mont.

"The United States Air Force Academy is saddened to learn of the passing of one our most notable graduates, Chuck Bush," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Academy superintendent. "Our hearts go out to Tina, Chip, Kyra, Bettina and all of the Bush family.

Charles Vernon Bush, Class of 1963, entered the Academy with his two African-American classmates, reporting as a cadet in June 1959.

He distinguished himself as a squadron commander, a member of the Academy's debate team, and a member of the Cadet Wing champion rugby team.

Having received academic course credits from Howard University, Bush was accepted into a special joint Academy/Georgetown University master's program, commencing with graduate courses in his senior year, which included his oral comprehensives in the Russian language.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963, Bush received his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Georgetown University in June 1964, and was inducted into the Georgetown chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

He then attended Air Intelligence Officers School, and served at Westover Air Force Base, Mass., where, among his other activities, he taught undergraduate political science courses at American International College. After becoming fluent in the Vietnamese language at Sanz Language School in Washington, D.C, he was assigned to Vietnam in 1967 as an intelligence officer.

In Vietnam, he was responsible for the deployment and operations of six intelligence teams operating from a number of sites, including Saigon, Bien Hoa, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Da Nang and Can Tho. The teams were involved with significant intelligence operations, particularly involving the attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and the defense of the Marines and South Vietnamese at the Battle of Khe Sanh.

Returning to the United States in May 1968, Bush was again assigned to Headquarters Air Force Special Projects Production Facility, at Westover AFB, as chief of the technical analysis division. He resumed teaching political science courses at American International College.

In 1970, Bush resigned his commission and then attended Harvard Business School, majoring in finance. He spent the rest of his professional career in numerous business enterprises, serving as manager and senior corporate executive in such companies as Merrill Lynch-White Weld Capital Group, Max Factor and Hughes Electronics.

Included among his many distinguished business and academic activities, Bush was an Academy Falcon Foundation Trustee and a guest lecturer at the Academy's Department of Management. He was a diversity consultant for both the Air Force and Air Force Academy.

Bush received many accolades in both his military and civilian careers. While in the Air Force, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

"A member of the Class of 1963 and the first African-American graduate, Mr. Bush's courage and commitment to enhancing diversity in the United States military will pay itself forward for many generations," Gould continued. "The Academy family is truly proud to call Mr. Chuck Bush one of our own."

(Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs.)
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Strategic Air Command (SAC)Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLI ELC)6499th Special Activities Group7th Air Force
1st Air Force
  1963-1966, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1966-1966, Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLI ELC)
  1967-1968, 6499th Special Activities Group
  1967-1968, 7th Air Force
  1968-1970, 1st Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air/Ground (Tet Counteroffensive) Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh
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United States Air Force AcademyGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy
  1964-1964, Georgetown University
  1972-1972, Harvard University
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