Military Service - Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May
Class of 1978
Air Force (1985 - 2001)
graduated from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, MD, in 1978 and
the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Psychology in 1984. She
earned her Master of Aeronautical Science Degree with dual
specialization in Operations and Management from
In fall 1988, Major May was selected for regular commission. While at Kadena Air Base, Major May devoted most of her free time to building a summer camp for special needs children. In 1989, she won Kadena Air Base Military Volunteer of the Year and in 1990 she was recognized in Airman Magazine as an �unsung hero�. Major May also flew local area Search and Rescue training flights for the Strategic Air Command at Kadena and served as the president of the Intraservice Skydiving Club. Before being reassigned, Major May served as 18th Tactical Fighter Wing Emergency Actions Officer and Chief, Wing Contingency Plans Branch.
In July 1990,
she reported to the 4th Air Base Operability Squadron (4ABOS),
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, as the Base Disaster Preparedness Officer
(DPO). While assigned to
the 4 ABOS, she also served as the Operations Officer and base
coordinator for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post.
After realignment, Major May�s
position fell under the
Squadron. She served as
the DPO until March 1993 and then volunteered to serve as
Environmental Programs Manager.
She specialized as Chief, Natural and Cultural Resources and
Environmental Impact Analysis Program Manager.
Major May also served on the Eastern Regional Company Grade
Officer Council Executive Committee while at Seymour Johnson AFB.
As the Regional Philanthropist, she developed an Air Force
wide program for youth development that resulted in 3,000 hours of
volunteer time in support of youth.
Major May attended Disaster Preparedness and
After 18 months
at the detachment level, Major May was selected for Chief of Field
Training, Headquarters AFROTC at Maxwell AFB.
She was selected to serve in a newly created position of
Operations Officer to the ROTC Commander building new programs and
was then assigned as Director of Training where she served the
remainder of her ROTC tour.
As ROTC Director of Training, she managed over $10M and
programs for over 12,000 cadets at 143 universities.
Major May also completed Air Command and
In March 1999,
Major May assumed command of 325FW, Det 1, in
In September 2000, Major May was assigned as Chief, Resources, Plans and Future Systems, HQ USAF at the Pentagon. Her primary accomplishments there include implementation of an AF wide performance measurement system with which she briefed the Secretary of the USAF and his senior staff and a program to redesign the five year budget process. While assigned to the Pentagon, she implemented the first Pentagon assigned Company Grade Officer Corps as well as became active in assisting the homeless in DC.
In August 2001 Major May
retired from active duty service and relocated to the Space Coast,
Florida! She then
entered industry when she accepted a position with the Research
Triangle Institute�s Center for Aerospace Technology in
Her military awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, three Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbons, two Longevity ribbons, one Overseas Long Tour ribbon, and one Training ribbon.
She is a private
pilot with 350 flying hours and a master rated skydiver with over
2000 jumps. Her ten
person skydiving team placed 3rd in the nation in 2003. Major May is
a shareholder in the 1995 and 2005 Women�s World Record Formation
Skydive with the latter resulting in a 151 woman formation. She is
also trained in firefighting tactics, a certified scuba diver, and
an experienced motorcycle rider.
She is married to James Pringle of