LI Announces USAF Major General Michael R. Boera as Commencement Speaker
Major General Michael R. Boera (U.S. Air Force) will be the featured speaker at Lyndon Institute’s 2011 commencement on Sunday, June 5. Boera, a member of the LI Class of 1977, is now serving as Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He is responsible for planning and programming $23 billion annually for a force of more than 130,000 personnel and 2,600 aircraft, supporting nine unified commands and NORAD.
“We are particularly proud of General Boera, whose distinguished record as a pilot and a commander have put him at the forefront of American military action in a very active era,” said LI’s headmaster Rick Hilton. “He has played a prominent role in making American history and in keeping our country both strong and safe.”
General Boera entered the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to his current assignment, he helped train the Afghan Air Force as the Commanding General, Combined Air Power Transition Force, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command, and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and earned masters’ degrees from Central Michigan University as well as the Air War College.
During Operation Allied Force, then Lt. Col. Boera led his F-16 fighter squadron on the first attack in Serbia. He is a command pilot with more than 5,600 flying hours and has flown more than 200 combat missions. He also deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort and Unified Assistance, and the tsunami humanitarian relief effort in south Asia.
Among his many decorations and honors received from the U.S. military and foreign governments are the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster (from General Petraeus), the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with silver and four bronze oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2007 and received his second star as a Major General in January of this year.
“LI has a proud tradition of military service,” said Hilton. “You can see it at the armed forces memorial in Sanborn Hall and in the display about General Ruggles in our Davis Conference Room. At any given time, we generally have about 20 alumni on active duty around the world.”
General Boera was one of seven children in his family to graduate from Lyndon Institute. They include his siblings Patricia Boera ’73, Peter Boera ’78, Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Christine Boera ’79, Susan (Boera) Sobczak ’82, David Boera ’84, and Lt. Col. (USAF) Donna (Boera) O’Harren ’88. His wife Carrie (Bingham) Boera was also a member of the class of 1977. Their son, 1st Lt. Benjamin Boera (USMC) is currently in pilot training and daughter, Lt. Arlie Lowrie, is an Air Force nurse. His parents are Julie and A. Richard (Dick) Boera, former longtime residents of Lyndonville; his father is the former Dean of Business Affairs at Lyndon State College and was in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
“I know that the Class of 2011 is looking forward to hearing from and meeting General Boera,” continued Hilton. “Commencement is always a proud day for our seniors and our school, but General Boera’s participation makes the event even more meaningful and memorable.”