Executive Vice President, Operations, Programs & Entertainment
Brigadier General (Retired) John I. Pray, Jr. joined the senior staff team in 2009 and is the Executive Vice President, Operations, Programs, & Entertainment. In this capacity, John is responsible for providing executive level leadership and management in the planning and execution of day-to-day operations and programmatic activities throughout the organization. Prior to coming to the USO, John served as the Executive Vice President for the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company. John has more than 27 years of experience in military operations, having commanded Air Force units at the squadron, group and wing levels, and having served as the Director of the White House Situation Room. He retired from active duty in 2007 when selected as the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Masters degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and the Air War College. He has also completed senior executive programs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and Wharton.