Texas Veterans Commission Journal, Volume 27, Issue 3, May/June 2004 Page: Page2
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Karen S. Rankin, Brig
Gen, USAF (Ret), Named
New TVC Commissioner
Governor Rick Perry appointed Karen S. Rankin, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret), of San Antonio,
Texas, as the newest member of the Texas Veterans Commission for a term that expires
on December 31, 2009.
Brigadier General Karen Rankin served as executive assistant to the Secretary of the
Air Force, as Commander of the 3700th Technical Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, TX;
as Commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler AFB, MS; and most recently as
Director of Plans and Programs at HQ Air Education and Training Command at Randolph
AFB, TX. She retired in 1998.
Rankin has a masters degree in personnel management, is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces, the Executive Development Course of the University of New Hampshire and the CAPSTONE
Executive Development Program, National Defense University.
After retirement, she served as Director of Planning, Defense Systems Group, AAI Corp, Hunt Valley, MD. Subsequently,
she was with Johnson Controls, Inc. as Director of Air Force Programs focused on business development. Karen currently
serves as senior associate with Keystone International, consulting in strategic planning, leadership studies and development
of organizational value structures.
Rankin is also active in various community and national organizations. She chairs the San Antonio Veterans Affairs
Commission, and is on the Board of Directors for the USO Council in San Antonio and Fisher House, Inc. She also chairs
the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Diploma Plus Administration
Committee for the Downtown Rotary of San Antonio. Karen serves on the San Antonio Military Missions Task Force.
Karen is the immediate past President of the Alamo Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) and is Chair Emeritus of the
AFA San Antonio Birthday Ball. She is also on the National Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of
America, Vetjobs.com and is immediate past National President of the Air Force Women Officers Associated (AFWOA).
Rankin is married to retired Colonel Bill Rankin, USAF. They have two sons: David, a junior at Trinity University and
Samuel, a freshman at the US Air Force Academy.
We congratulate Commissioner Rankin on her appointment and look forward to working with her in ensuring that Texas
veterans and their families receive the benefits they have earned.*
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