Major General H.D. "Jake" Polumbo (ret) is a founding partner and senior consultant for Two Blue Aces, LLC, a leadership firm that specializes in strategic reviews, business plan development, leadership training and mentoring. His primary focus is in the defense and aerospace sectors, with an emphasis on leadership and business networking.
In 2015, after 34 years of service, Jake retired from the Air Force as the commander of the Ninth Air Force in South Carolina, comprising eight active-duty wings in the southeastern United States with more than 450 aircraft and over 29,000 active-duty and civilian personnel.
He entered active duty as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981 and commanded at the squadron, group, and three times at the wing level. He served in strategic planning positions in Europe as the director of strategy and plans at U.S. Africa Command and in the Pentagon as the assistant deputy director for Global Operations on the Joint Staff. General Polumbo also served as a task force commander in Afghanistan in 2012. He attended the Federal Executive Institute and was a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
A decorated command pilot, Jake logged over three thousand flying hours in all models of the F-16 and holds the distinction as the first and only U.S. Air Force general officer to fly the U-2S in combat, completing twenty-one missions in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Jake is the Past Chair on the Board of the Central Florida Development Council, serves on Aviation Advisory Board for Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and also volunteers for his church in various capacities. He and his wife Sandra, a Florida native, have been married for almost forty years. Jake and Sandra's oldest son, Chad, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force with his wife, Julie; and their two-year old son, Nolan James. They are expecting their second baby boy in 2021. Their youngest son, Erik, lives in Virginia with his wife, Alexine, where they run four very successful businesses together.
H.D. "Jake" Polumbo
Founding Partner and Senior Consultant
Major General USAF (ret.)
Current Leadership Positions:
Board Chair, Central Florida Development Council
Advisory Board Member, Business School of Hawaii Pacific University
Strategy and Business Development, Florida Polytechnic University
Assists with the operation of the Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida Polytechnic University, as the business and economic development lead working closely with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.
Coordinates efforts with the SunTrax test facility developers for research and development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Works with local elected officials for the standup of a Research and Development Authority in Polk County and the establishment for a Research Park next to Florida Polytechnic University
Retired as a Major General (2015)
Commander Ninth Air Force, Shaw AFB, S.C.; Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force, and Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; Chief of Staff, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany; Director of Strategy, Plans and Programs (J5), Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany; Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.; Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia; Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.; Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas; Commander, 52nd Operations Group, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Chief, Foreign Liaison Division, Office of the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.; Commander, 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea; Operations Officer, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea; Policy Staff Officer, Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England; etc.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: F-16A/B/C/D, TU-2S/U-2S, MC-12W, RQ-4A, KC-10 and T-38A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal