Northrop Grumman executive to speak at Chamber’s annual meeting

Jim Kowalski, Government Relations vice president and the corporate lead executive in Bossier City, Louisiana, for Northrop Grumman, will be the featured speaker at the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting next month.

The meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Hotel, Minot.

A retired Air Force lieutenant general, Kowalski is a primary liaison for government customer representatives and coordinates engagements with Northrop Grumman business sectors. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Sept. 1, 2015, after more than 35 years of service. His final assignment was deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

During his Air Force career, Kowalski commanded at the squadron, group, wing and major command levels. He led a combined expeditionary wing in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In 2009 he led the planning and activation of Air Force Global Strike Command and went on to serve as its second commander. A command pilot, Kowalski has 4,600 flight hours in B-52, B-1 and E-3 aircraft.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in managment from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Cost is $30 per person and $300 for a front reserved table, with guaranteed seating for eight. Lunch is included. Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations by Friday, Oct. 12. Registrations can be completed at, select Oct. 17 on the Chamber calendar and members use membership login information. For more information call the Chamber at 852-6000.