Lt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton, Jr.

(Retired) U.S.A.F. Surgeon General

Senior Medical Advisor, Knight Aerospace

Lieutenant General (Dr.) Paul K. Carlton Jr.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., is a senior medical advisor at Knight Aerospace and possesses an impressive array of accolades and a great depth of experience. We are honored that he is part of our team, a position he has held since January 2015.


His lengthy career with the U.S. Air Force includes various leadership roles and accomplishments that make him an asset to our advisory team. Notably, he was the designer and developer of the C-CAT program. This program, still in use by the armed forces today for medical evacuation, revolutionized that process and saved countless lives.


Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., was the 17th Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force before his retirement in 2002. After retirement, Lt. Gen. Carlton, Jr. was appointed as the Director of Homeland Security Initiative for the Texas A&M Health Science Center. This position allowed him to aid in homeland security issues regarding human health. Lt. Gen. Carlton, Jr.’s flight credentials include Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) commercial, instrument, glider, multi-engine, and instructor.

While serving as Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., oversaw more than 42,000 people in 78 medical facilities globally. When he was still actively performing surgeries, he performed more than 10,000 and was principal surgeon on over 4,000.

He also served as a fellow and former Air Force governor of the American College of Surgeons and was responsible for creating and pioneering the first Air Force rapid-response surgical team in Europe. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., has been widely published as a respected contributor in medical literature.

While serving in Desert Storm, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., commanded the 1702nd Air Refueling Wing Contingency Hospital. He completed 32 combat support missions with 140 combat flying hours. He piloted the C-21, C-130, KC-10, and KC-135.

Among his many commendations, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Paul K. Carlton, Jr., was awarded the Airman’s Medal for his heroic actions at the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 when he entered the active crash site of the American Airlines 757 located and freed many trapped victims. Some of his other commendations include Air Force Command Flight Surgeon Badge, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation.