Western Global Airlines’ CEO and Founder, Jim Neff, appoints General Brooks Bash as President
ESTERO, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2017) – Western Global Airlines’ CEO and Founder, Jim Neff, is pleased to announce the appointment of General Brooks L. Bash as President. Headquartered in Estero, Florida, Western Global Airlines (WGA) is a leading US DOT certificated FAA part 121 all-cargo airline with worldwide coverage which owns and operates a fleet of 13 wide body freighters with high reliability and exceptional responsiveness. In less than three years, Western Global Airlines has flown to over 278 airports in 110 countries on six continents, for premier customers around the globe.
“General Bash is an exceptionally well qualified senior executive with over 20 years of top-level experience in all aspects of aviation operations and management. For the past two years he has served as an Advisor to Western Global Airlines,” said Neff. “Over this period, we have gotten to know Brooks well and appreciate his many strengths and talents. It became very apparent to me and the team that having Brooks join us full-time as President was the right move for the company as we get established and grow past our start-up phase.”
In addition to his WGA advisory role, Bash most recently held the position of Chief Commercial Officer for AAR Airlift Group, an FAA Part 135 fixed and rotary wing operation. Prior to that, during his career in the USAF, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant General.
Bash entered the Air Force as a graduate of the U.S. Air force Academy and during his Air Force career, served in several key positions including Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President, under both the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations; Director for Logistics, under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Pacific Air Forces Vice Commander. His final Air Force position was Vice Commander for Air Mobility Command where he was responsible for the U.S. Air Force’s air mobility strategic transportation mission with a fleet of over 1,160 aircraft. A highly decorated officer and a combat experienced commander, Bash retired from the Air Force as a three-star general.
Bash holds a Master of Science in Administration, a Master of Arts and Science in Airpower Studies, and Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also holds FAA ATP and Flight Engineer certificates and has flown over 7000 hours in 20 different aircraft types, to include over 150 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I am very excited to have Brooks join me at the helm,” said Neff. “Western Global is a unique airline which already achieved unprecedented accomplishments as a start-up and has unlimited potential to become a key player in the air cargo industry. Brooks is a great fit with the Western Global family in every way. As President, he will lead our very strong and dedicated team and oversee our worldwide operations.”
Bash and his wife MaryBeth have two grown children and will be relocating to the Estero area.