Lieutenant General John Castellaw USMC (Ret.)

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Castellaw_July2012_Pew.072312V5John “Glad” Castellaw is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems a provider of precision agriculture services and equipment in the Mid-South.

Castellaw graduated from the University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM) in 1972 with a commission in the Marines and a degree in Agriculture.  For 36 years he led Marines around the world while flying more than two dozen different types of aircraft.  Castellaw served with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, commanded the American force in the multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command at the height of the war in Iraq.  His last tours were in the Pentagon where he oversaw Marine Aviation and then the Marine Corps budget.

In 2008, he returned to Tennessee where he operates the family farm, is a teaching fellow at UTM, and on the board of the Bank of Crockett.  Castellaw is the president of the non-profit Crockett Policy Institute and is a senior associate with the Washington based Corvus Group.  Other national security affiliations include membership on the Nuclear Security Working Group, the Climate Security Working Group, and the board of the American Security Project.