Military Advisory Board
The CieloGov Military Advisory Board (MAB) was established to inform CieloGov’s federal deal pursuits. The board members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the government and U.S. military sectors that will enrich CieloGov relationships, capabilities and overall experience for partners and clients. With the addition of the MAB members, the CieloGov team has a total of 350+ years of combined experience in the U.S. military, Department of Defense, Department of State, and the National Security Council.
Advisory Board Members
LTG John Sylvester, USA (Ret)
Military Advisory Board Chair
Lieutenant General John B. Sylvester retired in 2004 after more than 36 years of active service. His last duty position was Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Lt. Gen. Sylvester is a highly decorated veteran having received four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, three Legion of Merit awards, and the Bronze Star Medal among many other military accolades. He holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Siemens Government Technologies and in the Texas A&M Hall of Honor, Class of 1967.
Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, LTG, USA (Ret)
Ambassador Douglas Lute is the former United States Ambassador to NATO. Appointed by President Obama, he assumed the Brussels-based post in 2013 and served until 2017. During this period, he was instrumental in designing and implementing the 28-nation Alliance responses to the most severe security challenges in Europe since the end of the Cold War. His current positions include: Chair, International and Defense, BGR Group; CEO, Cambridge Global Advisors, LLC; McDermott Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Senior Advisor, Jones Group International.
Lt. General Thomas C. Waskow, USAF (Ret)
Lieutenant General Thomas C. Waskow’s last assignment on active duty was Commander of the U.S. Forces in Japan, and Commander, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he was the senior military representative. He is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours including 904 combat hours. He holds a Master of Science degree in business from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He studied at the Air War College at Maxwell Air force Base and National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Lt. Gen. Waskow was also a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University and a Seminar XXI Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the CEO of Waskow Visions.
Lt. General Richard P. Mills, USMC (Ret)
Lieutenant General Richard Mills retired in 2015 after 40 years of active service. He was selected to command the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Upon his return, he became Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, VA, in 2011, and in 2013 assumed command of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North until his retirement. Lt. Gen. Mills holds a B.A. in political science from Franklin and Marshall College and was commissioned via Officers Candidate School. He studied at the Amphibious Warfare School and later attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as the UK Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Marine Corps University Foundation.
RADM Samuel Perez, Jr., USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, Jr. retired from military service in 2016 with 36 years of service. His final tour was as the sixty-fifth President of the Board and Inspection and Survey. Prior to this, Perez reported to the State Department, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans Programs and Operations. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism for his actions following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. RADM Perez received his Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and has a Master of Arts degree in strategic planning from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA. He also participated in the Federal Executive Fellowship (FEF) Program as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on the technical challenges and political implications and challenges of sea-based Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).