Delta CEO Ed Bastian shares the condolences of the Delta family upon news of the passing of board member Ash Carter.
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Editor’s note: The following article was updated to include additional memorial details.

The Delta family is mourning Monday’s passing of board member Ashton Carter. The former Secretary of Defense served on Delta’s Board of Directors beginning in 2017.

“The hearts of our Delta family are heavy as we mourn the loss of a lifetime public servant and distinguished member of our Board, Ash Carter,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said. “In his work with us over the past five years, he’s been a brilliant champion for the people of Delta, providing his deep and rich understanding of complex operations to help us achieve our goal of connecting the world. He loved his service to our people and was passionate about our mission – to connect the world – in order to create a better world for all.”

Flags at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters and other locations were flown at half-staff this week in memorial of Carter. Delta people with connections to the military led those efforts on behalf of all employees in the meaningful gesture.

Flags are shown at half-staff at Delta's Atlanta headquarters on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.

“We send our deepest condolences to his wife Stephanie, his two children, Will and Ava, and his extended family and friends across the world,” Bastian added. “We are grateful for his many contributions and service to Delta and to the global community. He will be sorely missed.”

Carter served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2015 to 2017.

Carter was director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an Innovation Fellow at MIT. He served as senior executive at the Markle Foundation and as a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University from 2014 to 2015.

Before his own appointment as Defense Secretary, Carter served in some capacity under 11 Defense Secretaries spanning Democratic and Republican administrations. He was deputy secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013, functioning as the department’s chief operating officer, and was undersecretary of defense of acquisition, technology and logistics from 2009 to 2011.

Carter served as the chair of the international and global affairs faculty and professor of science and international affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School from 2000 to 2009.

He also served on General Electric’s board of directors.

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