Advisory Council and Client Executives

Craig Franklin

Craig Franklin

Client Executive, U.S. Air Force

Craig Franklin is PAE’s client executive for U.S. Air Force programs. In this capacity, he leads market evaluation, strategic positioning and relationships for opportunities to serve the U.S. Air Force. Franklin joined PAE in March of 2018.

Franklin retired from the Air Force in 2014 at the rank of major general with just under 33 years of service. As a general officer, he commanded the 31st Fighter Wing in Italy, the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing in Iraq, the 3rd Air Force in Europe and the 17th Expeditionary Air Force in Africa. Additional command assignments included the 53d Test and Evaluation Group, the 53d Wing and the Fighter Weapons School F-16 Division. Franklin also served as the executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the vice director of the U.S. Joint Staff.

Franklin earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s of aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a master’s in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is on the board of advisors for the Youth Impact Program in Alexandria, Virginia, and  is chairman of the board for a youth equine ministry in Fort Worth, Texas.