Selected for reassignment as Senior Intelligence Engineer/Scientist, Air and Cyberspace Intelligence Group, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Gerry L. Freisthler, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the center's senior civilian, he assists the ASC Commander and Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Procurement and Modernization in leading the Air Force's center of excellence for development and acquisition of aeronautical systems. The center is responsible for the management of more than 556 Air Force, joint and international programs, executes an annual budget of $23 billion, and employs a work force of approximately 10,000 people located at Wright-Patterson AFB and 38 other locations worldwide.
Mr. Freisthler started his career in 1976 working for General Motors. After six years of engineering and production supervisory positions at GM, he entered federal service at Wright-Patterson AFB. He first served as program manager in the Maverick and Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile System Program offices. In 1988, he was promoted and transferred to the Propulsion SPO, where he held various mid-level to senior management positions for nearly 10 years. These included program manager for the Aircraft Engine Component Improvement and F110 engine programs, as well as Chief of Integration and Deputy SPO Director responsible for managing all of the Propulsion SPO engine programs for the B-1, B-2, C-17, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35 and U-2 aircraft.
In October 1997, Mr. Freisthler was selected Deputy Program Director for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter Program, leading the program from development into production. He transferred to the Pentagon in 2001 where he served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers, and then as Chief of Execution and Financial Management. In 2002, Mr. Freisthler was appointed to the SES and transferred to Eglin AFB, Fla., first serving as the SPO Director for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Small Diameter Bomb, then becoming the first Director of the 308th Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing. His final assignment held at Eglin was as Air Armament Center's Director of Engineering and Acquisition Excellence. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of the ASC Engineering Directorate.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering, Wright State University, Ohio
1985 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1994 Master of Science degree in engineering management, University of Dayton, Ohio
1998 Executive Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2003 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2006 Senior Executive Seminar, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
2007 LOGTECH Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 Program for Senior Managers in Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. June 1976 - April 1982, first-line supervisor, process/production engineer, Inland Division of General Motors, Dayton, Ohio
2. April 1982 - January 1985, support equipment engineer/Program Manager, Maverick SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. January 1985 - June 1985, student, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
4. June 1985 - February 1988, Program Manager and Chief of Projects, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile Joint SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. February 1988 - September 1990, Air Force Program Manager, Aircraft Engine Component Improvement Program, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. September 1990 - August 1993, F-16 Program Manager, F110-GE-100/-129 engine programs, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. August 1993 - August 1994, graduate student, Acquisition Program Management Career Program, University of Dayton, Ohio
8. August 1994 - August 1995, Propulsion Chief of Integration, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. August 1995 - October 1997, Deputy Development System Manager for Propulsion, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. October 1997 - June 2001, Deputy Program Director for the F-22 SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. June 2001 - December 2001, Deputy Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C
12. December 2001 - May 2002, Chief of Execution and Financial Management, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C
13. May 2002 - July 2004, Director, JASSM and SDB SPO, Eglin AFB, Fla
14. July 2004 - May 2005, Director, 308th Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
15. May 2005 - Sep 2006, Dir, Eng'r and Acquisition Excellence Directorate, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla
16. September 2006 - January 2010, Director of the Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. January 2010 -- Present, Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
2012 Wright State University Outstanding Alumni Award
William A. Jump Memorial Foundation Award, Air Force
Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
Federally Employed Women's Supervisor of the Year
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2)
Exemplary Civilian Service Award
AF Civilian Achievement Medal
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Senior Executive Association
BOARD MEMBERSHIP--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE LIAISON
National Defense Industrial Association
National Aviation Heritage Foundation
Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute
Dayton Development Coalition
Miami Valley Research Foundation
Wright Brothers Institute
88 Air Base Wing's Honorary Commander's Program
Dayton's Wright-Patterson Advisory Board
Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
(Current as of July 2015)