Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine


William J. Begert
Vice President, Business Development and Aftermarket Services Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines

William J. Begert, General, U.S. Air Force (Retired) is the vice president for Business Development and Aftermarket Services for Pratt & Whitney Military Engines in East Hartford, Connecticut. As vice president, Bill is responsible for domestic and international military sales, assessing U.S. Military requirements and developing business strategies for Pratt & Whitney's military engines services. He is also responsible for the overhaul and repair operations of Pratt & Whitney's Military Aftermarket Services.

In the U.S. Air Force, Bill was a Command Pilot with almost 7,000 flying hours in the C-141, O-2A, C-5, C-21, KC-135, KC-10, C-37 and C-40. As a Forward Air Controller in 1972, he flew more than 300 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He held command positions multiple times in his career and held a variety of staff positions.

Bill culminated his career as the Commander, Pacific Air Forces where he was responsible for U.S. Air Force activities in an area encompassing more than 50 percent of the globe. His command consisted of approximately 45,000 U.S. Air Force personnel and more than 400 aircraft. He assumed his position at Pratt & Whitney in February 2005.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, in 1968. In 1980, he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.