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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, and leadership/mentor training. 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 twenty-nine thousand 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.
An accomplished command pilot, Jake logged over three thousand flying hours in all models fo the F-16 and he 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 serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Central Florida Development Council, is on Aviation Advisory Boards for the Business School of Hawaii Pacific University and 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 thirty-eight years. Their oldest son, Chad, serves in the U.S. Air Force along with his wife, Julie, and their newborn child - Nolan James. Jake and Sandra's youngest son, Erik, is a successful business owner and entrepreneur and is engaged to his fiancee', Alexine.
Assisting 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. FTE overseas the development of the SunTrax test facility in Central Florida for research and development of Autonomous Vehicles.
Certified Flight Instructor and fully instrument qualified in numerous general aviation aircraft; type-rated in various experimental aircraft including the Aero-Vodochody L-39 Albatros.
H.D. "Jake" Polumbo
Founding Partner and Senior Consultant
Major General USAF (retired)
Central Florida Development Council, vice chairman
Business School of Hawaii Pacific University Advisory Board
Florida Polytechnic University, business and economic lead
Certified Flight Instructor