SSI Guardian is a well-researched, innovative, and comprehensive approach to school/campus/workplace safety. As I look back on my active duty Air Force command positions, especially my final assignment as Superintendent of the USAF Academy, I wish I’d known about the SSI Guardian training curriculum. Simply stated, this is the best training I’ve ever seen.
– Mike Gould, Lt Gen (ret) USAF
A 1976 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, he served in a wide variety of operational flying, command and staff assignments throughout a 38-year Air Force career. Highlights include serving as a commander of seven different organizations, culminating with a four-year assignment as Superintendent of the USAF Academy. He also had three tours at HQ USAF in the Pentagon, including duty as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and as Air Force Aide to President, George H.W. Bush.
Gould earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from the AF Academy, where he played defensive back for the football Falcons and later coached under legendary head coach Fisher DeBerry. Mike holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University. He is a graduate of Air University’s Squadron Officer’s School, the Air Command and Staff College, and National Defense University’s National War College. In addition, he completed the Kennedy School of Government’s National/International Security Manager’s Course at Harvard University, and the Executive Management Program at The Kellogg School, Northwestern University. He is a past chairman of the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors and he served on the Board of Governors of the Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA.
Since retiring from the Air Force in October ’13, General Gould has immersed himself in the Colorado Springs community where he serves as a trustee for the El Pomar Foundation and the Falcon Foundation, sits on the Mayor’s City for Champions planning committee and he is a board member for Southern Colorado Region Discover Goodwill. He is on the board of directors of Children’s Hospital of Colorado and is a member of the board of advisors for the First Liberty Institute, in Dallas. Finally, Mike served a two-year term as a member of the inaugural College Football Playoff Selection Committee, along with such luminaries as Coach and Congressman Tom Osborne, Hall of Fame QB, Archie Manning, and former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
General Gould serves as President and CEO of the Gould Group, LLC, where he leads an independent consulting firm specializing in finding Solutions for tough contemporary challenges through the application of time-tested Leadership and Teamwork principles. Mike and his wife of 35 years, Paula, a retired Air Force colonel, have two boys, Bart (34) and Brandon (32), both married and living in Colorado Springs with their wives and children.