Ronald J. Bath, Major General, Retired

Ronald J. Bath

Ronald J. "RJ" Bath is the founder/owner of the RJBath Group, a defense and business consulting firm with offices in Reno, Nevada. The RJBath Group specializes in classified and unclassified analysis of specific defense related plans and programs for governmental and private defense industry clientele. The company also does strategic business planning with analysis and emphasis on corporate acquisition strategy. Company clients include a broad spectrum of business entities, which are involved with equity partnering or acquisition and merger of defense related businesses, plus business development for already established defense clients that develop and build systems for the US Government.

A 3rd generation Nevadan, raised in Ely and Reno, he attended public schools graduating from Reno High School and the University of Nevada where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and participated in other campus leadership organizations. He worked his way through college, graduate school, and law school as a plumber. In 1975, upon law school graduation, he became a member of the Nevada Bar and practiced law as a criminal defense trial attorney, first in the governmental sector, and later in private practice. He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, for 14 years. He is currently a partner in an aggregate production company in Northern Nevada, having been in the aggregate business since the mid 80s.

"RJ" retired from the active duty USAF in November of 2006 at the rank of Major General. His last military assignment was Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force as the USAF Director of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). In that capacity he was in charge of the world-wide USAF QDR team at Headquarters USAF and the Major Air Commands which directly supported the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense. From 2001-2005 he served as the USAF Director of Strategic Plans, and was responsible for planning, projecting and budgeting Air Force Programs well into the 21st Century. In his first Pentagon tour, in 1994, he was one of 16 senior military officers representing the four Services, and the only National Guard officer, on the professional staff of the, Congressionally mandated Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces (CORM). He was responsible for the analysis, evaluation, and writing of one of the 26 major issue papers that became part of the Commission's final report to the Secretary of Defense, The President, and the Congress.

He began his military career as an enlisted boiler operator and heating specialist in the Nevada Air National Guard. After commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1969, he went to USAF pilot training at Vance AFB, OK, graduating in 1970. A command pilot with more than 3500 flying hours in fighter type aircraft, he has served tours in CONUS, and OCONUS in Europe, the Pacific, and the Middle East. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm with 31 combat missions. In 1993, post-Gulf War, he was selected as a National Security Fellow, at Harvard University. Following a year-long Harvard Fellowship, he was assigned to the above series of Pentagon tours between 1994 and his retirement in 2006.

Upon retiring, he returned to Reno, Nevada, and again became active in numerous civic and local community activities. He is one of three, Governor appointed, Nevada Directors on the Southwest Defense Alliance. The Southwest Alliance acts as a military advisory group to the Governors of the six southwestern states on strategic issues of military land use and economic impact. He is also currently serves in the following capacity: 1) Vice Chairman/Treasurer of the Nevada Military Support Alliance; 2) the Dean's Advisory Council to the University of Nevada, College of Science; 3) the UNR President's Legislative and Strategic Advisory Board; 4) an Advisory Council member on the nonpartisan national security organization, Mission Readiness, which is made up of senior retired military leaders, nation-wide, calling for smart investments in America's Children; 5) a current member of the City of Reno Anti-graffiti Task Force; 6) the City of Reno Police Chief's Citizen's Advisory Board; and 7) the Governor's Military BRAC Council.

He served as a prior Director of the Reno National Championship Air Races and is currently the Chairman of the Reno Air Race Advisory Board. In prior years, he also served as the Governor's representative to the Nevada Blue Ribbon Panel for military development and change in the State of Nevada; Chairman of the Washoe County Regional Planning Commission; Chairman of the Washoe County Juvenile Probation Commission; Chairman of the Nevada Humane Society; board member, Regional Emergency Medical Support Agency (REMSA), and board member, Washoe Medical Center Hospital Board.

He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1973, and they have one daughter, Veronika, who is currently a JAG in the United States Air Force.


1963 Graduate, Reno High School, Reno, NV
1968 B. S., Business and Agriculture, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
1971 MBA, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.
1975 J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA.
1982 USAF Air Command and Staff College
1992 USAF Aircraft Accident Investigation School, University of Southern California
1993 USAF Air War College
1994 National Security Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2014 AAS in Welding Technology, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV


Woodworking; Sewing; Welding and Precision Machine Work; Target Shooting Bicycling for fitness and bicycle touring

Rating: Command Pilot TS/SCI
Flight Hours: More than 3,500 
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, F-101, RF-101, C-54, and RF-4. STATE BAR OF NEVADA
Aeronautical Rating (Pilot): Vance AFB, OK, Class 70-08 # 1800 (Inactive Status)


The AF Distinguished Service Medal (w/1OLC)
The Defense Superior Service Medal
The Legion of Merit
The Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded in combat
The Air Medal (w/3OLC), awarded in combat
The Aerial Achievement Medal