John Castellaw is the president of the Crockett Policy Institute (CPI), a non-partisan policy and research organization chartered in Tennessee.
Castellaw served in the Marines for 36 years holding several operational commands and flying more than two dozen different aircraft. His duties included service with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, command of a U.S. joint force in a multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command during the Iraq War. Other service included assignments ashore and afloat in Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
His last tours on active duty were in the Pentagon where he first oversaw Marine Aviation and then the Marine Corps budget creation and execution.
After the Marine Corps, he returned to Crockett County, Tennessee and to the family farm from where he remains involved in national security issues. He is on the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the board of the American Security Project, and is a teaching fellow in the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Martin.
In addition to managing his family farm, he is board member of the Bank of Crockett, works with economic development organizations, and advises corporations on management and strategic planning. Castellaw recently completed his final term as the National Commander of the Marine Corps Aviation Association.