PRESS RELEASE: Retired Major General Rick Devereaux endorses Moe Davis for Congress



July 6, 2020


Major General Rick Devereaux (USAF, retired), a 34-year veteran who worked at the Pentagon before moving to Asheville, has endorsed Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, retired) for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District.

General Devereaux served 34 years as a pilot, commander of a squadron, operations group, two wings, two installations and the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center in New Jersey. He was Air Force Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Pentagon before retiring in 2012.

“Moe Davis has a deep well of experience and farsighted vision to superbly represent us in Washington,’’ General Devereaux said. “His track record is impressive. Moe demonstrated exceptional leadership as an Air Force Colonel, capping an impressive 25-year military career. He mastered the law as a military attorney and judge, U.S. Department of Labor Judge, and assistant director for the Library of Congress.

“Finally, he showed uncompromising moral courage as the lead prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who held the line against torture-obtained evidence. Moe has the maturity, breadth of experience, and acumen to represent ALL the citizens of Western North Carolina and be a powerful voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. I strongly endorse Moe Davis for Congress, North Carolina District 11.”

Since retiring, General Devereaux has worked as a strategic consultant for numerous defense firms, think tanks, and technology companies, and is a member of the American College of National Security Leaders. He lectures and writes on security and military topics and continues to serve the Air Force as an adjunct professor.

General Devereaux has served on the Boards of several civic and veterans organizations, including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA (Past Chairman), the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, Salvation Army of Buncombe County (Chairman), the City of Asheville Civil Service Board, the Rotary Club of Asheville (Foundation Chair), the World Affairs Council of Western NC, the Advisory Group of the Center for Climate and National Security, and the Consensus Group of the American Security Project in Washington, DC.

He and his wife live in Asheville.

“General Devereaux devoted his life to defending America,’’ Col. Davis said. “Some people talk the talk. He walked the walk. He and I share a commitment to maintaining the strongest military in the world, but we also believe in diplomacy and global engagement as preferred options for protecting our national security. We also believe in honor, integrity and ethics as core principles of public service. I am grateful to General Devereaux for his support and appreciate his advice and counsel now and when I’m serving in the 117th Congress.”

Davis, 61, was the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay and former Director of the Air Force Judiciary before retiring in 2008. He was a national security specialist for Congress, former law professor at Howard University and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor. He won the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary in March, defeating four opponents in his first political campaign.

Davis and his wife, Lisa, live in Asheville.

You can learn more about Moe Davis at or follow him on Facebook and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress and on Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNc11.

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