Brigadier General Eric T. Fick is Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As the capability director, General Fick is responsible to the Air Force acquisition executive for the $5.6B airlift, air refueling, training, and special operations programs portfolio, which includes KC-46, Presidential Airlift Replacement (PAR), Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), T-X, C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, C-130, CV-22, HH-60, LAIRCM, CNS/ATM, OSA/VIPSAM, T-1, T-38, and JPATS.
General Fick entered the Air Force in September of 1990 as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a distinguished graduate of AFROTC Detachment 225, Notre Dame, Indiana. He started his career as a logistics plans and programs officer and F-16 mechanical systems engineer at Hill AFB, Utah. General Fick then served as a computational fluid dynamics research engineer and flight test program manager at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Later, at Eglin AFB, Florida, he became the Deputy Chief of the Weapons Test Flight and Chief of Test for the Counter-Air Joint System Program Office. Afterwards, he served as an Action Officer for the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons and as Chief of the Air Dominance Branch while working for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. General Fick then served as Deputy Chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Office, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Legislative Liaison), Washington D.C. He then returned to Eglin AFB, serving first as the Operations Officer and then the Commander of the 46th Test Squadron. General Fick then served as the Commander of the Advanced Combat Systems Group, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Washington D.C. and later as the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio. Prior to his current assignment, General Fick was the Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He has logged more than 350 hours in the T-38, F-15, F-16, and other military and civilian experimental aircraft.
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio, distinguished graduate
Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Experimental Flight Test Engineer Course, Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif., distinguished graduate
Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., distinguished graduate
Air War College, by correspondence
Program Management Office Course, PMT-352B, Eglin AFB, Fla.
Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., distinguished graduate, honor graduate
Senior Acquisition Course; Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Charlottesville
Program Manager’s Course, PMT-401, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2012 Executive Program Manager’s Course, PMT-402, Fort Belvoir, Va.
September 1990 - March 1992, Logistics Plans and Programs Officer, Hill AFB, Utah
March 1992 - March 1994, F-16 Mechanical Systems Engineer, Hill AFB, Utah
March 1994 - December 1995, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
December 1995 - December 1996, Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
December 1996 - December 1997, Flight Test Program Manager, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
December 1997 - December 1998, Student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
December 1998 - July 2000, Deputy Chief, Weapons Test Flight, Eglin AFB Fla.
July 2000 - July 2002, Chief of Test, Counter-Air Joint System Program Office, Eglin AFB Fla.
August 2002 - June 2003, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2003 - September 2003, Director, Direct Attack, Air Force Program Executive Office (Weapons), Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
September 2003 - May 2004, Chief, Air Dominance Branch, Global Power Directorate, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
May 2004 - July 2005, Senate Liaison Officer, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Legislative Liaison), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
August 2005 - June 2006, Operations Officer, 46th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
July 2006 – July 2008, Commander, 46th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
August 2008 - June 2009, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
July 2009 - August 2011, Commander, Advanced Combat Systems Group, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. September 2011 - July 2014, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Special Operations Forces, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. July 2014 - April 2016, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
19. April 2016 - present, Director, Global Reach Programs, Assistant Secretary (Acquisitions), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Flight hours: approximately 350
Aircraft flown: T-38, F-15B, F-15E, F-16, F-18, Learjet-24, E-3A, KC-135R, T-39E, C-17A, C-141C, MiG-15, T-43A, Challenger 604, C-12C, MC-130E, Bell 206, NC-130H, NU-1B, TH-6B, T-6G, Cessna Citation, CM-170, MB-326, L-039C, ASK-21, L-23, Grob-103, Schweizer 2-33
Non-rated Officer Aircrew wings awarded December 1998
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 23, 1990
First Lieutenant July 23, 1992
Captain July 23, 1994
Major Sept. 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2005
Colonel Oct. 1, 2008
Brigadier General Oct. 3, 2014
(Current as of April 2016)