Lieutenant General Russell C. Davis was Chief, National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia.
Davis began his military career in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 as an aviation cadet. Following pilot training, he was assigned at Lincoln Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was released from active duty in April 1965, when he joined the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. He has served in numerous command and staff positions, from squadron pilot to director of operations. Davis commanded the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing prior to being appointed the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard. He was appointed Vice Chief of the NGB in December 1995. He retired November 1, 2002. He was also on the board of directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
- 1963 Bachelor of arts degree in general education, University of Nebraska, Omaha
- 1969 Juris doctor degree in law, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1973 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
- 1979 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- 1989 National and International Security Management Course, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- December 1958 - March 1960, undergraduate pilot training, Graham Air Base, Florida and Vance AFB, Oklahoma
- March 1960 - October 1960, strategic bombardment pilot, 4347th Combat Crew Training Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas
- October 1960 - April 1965, bomber pilot, 344th Bomber Squadron, Lincoln AFB, Nebraska
- April 1965 - September 1968, pilot, 124th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Iowa ANG, Des Moines
- September 1968 - September 1970, flight commander, 124th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Iowa National Guard, Des Moines
- September 1970 - June 1977, air operations officer, 132nd Tactical Fighter Group, Iowa ANG, Des Moines
- June 1977 - October 1978, officer in charge, Command Post, 132nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Iowa ANG, Des Moines
- October 1978 - June 1979, Deputy Commander of Operations, Headquarters Iowa ANG, Des Moines
- June 1979 - February 1980, Deputy Chief, Manpower and Personnel, Air National Guard Support Center, Andrews AFB, Maryland
- March 1980 - January 1982, Executive to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- February 1982 - July 1990, Wing Commander, 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, District of Columbia ANG, Andrews AFB, Maryland
- July 1990 - December 1991, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
- December 1991 - December 1995, Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard, Washington, D.C.
- December 1995 - August 1998, Vice Chief, NGB, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- August 1998 - November 2002, Chief, NGB, Arlington, Virginia
Major awards and decorations
- Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
- Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
- Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
- Combat Readiness Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal with service star
- Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with nine oak leaf clusters
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device
- Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
- Air Force Training Ribbon
- University scholar, Tuskegee University, 1956-1958
- Jury Award, Drake University Law School, 1969
- NAACP Roy Wilkins Achievement Award, 1984
- Air Force Association Service Award, Air Force Association Headquarters, 1985
- Tuskegee Airmen Achievement Award, 1985
- Tuskegee Airmen Achievement and Service Award, 1987
- Ira Eaker Fellow, Tony Anthony Chapter, AFA, 1988
- Howard Kacy Flying Safety Award, District of Columbia ANG, 1990
- Former member, Drake University Board of Trustees
Effective dates of promotion