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DR. STEVE BUTLER

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Dr. Steve Butler, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Butler advises the AFMC Commander in managing all aspects of the command's mission to deliver war-winning capabilities, aircraft and weapon systems on time and on cost to America's warfighters. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually in research, development, test and evaluation, while providing the acquisition management services and logistics support required to develop, procure and sustain Air Force weapon systems. As the command's senior civilian, Dr. Butler also advises the AFMC Commander on labor union relations and development of the civilian work force. Civilians make up more than 70 percent of the command -- the highest percentage among all Air Force major commands -- and AFMC employs 40 percent of the total Air Force civilians.

Dr. Butler has served in many broad assignments within the military departments. His assignments range from developing precision guided weapons to senior advisory roles in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served as the Deputy Program Director for the F-22 and the Technical Director for most of the Air Force's munitions inventory, including the Joint Direct Attack Munition. Dr. Butler served in the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 46th Test Wing where he was known for his hands-on expertise in electro-optical and radar guided weapons. Prior to his current assignment, he was Executive Director of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga. Dr. Butler joined the Senior Executive Service in 1997.

EDUCATION
1976 Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy, University of Florida
1978 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Florida
1985 Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering, University of Florida
1992 Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1997 Executive Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1999 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2006 Rady School of Business, San Diego, Calif.
2008 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. November 1978 - May 1981, flight test engineer, 3246th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. October 1981 - March 1985, fuze and seeker design engineer, Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. March 1985 - December 1988, Chief, Seeker Section, Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. December 1988 - October 1990, Technical Director of Special Projects, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. October 1990 - May 1991, Director, Guidance and Mission Planning Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. May 1991 - April 1994, Director of Engineering, Air-to-Surface Weapons System Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. April 1994 - June 1995, Director of Engineering, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. June 1995 - September 1996, Technical Director, Engineering Directorate, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. September 1996 - September 1997, Deputy Program Director, F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. September 1997 - October 1999, Assistant Deputy Director for Air Warfare, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
11. October 1999 - March 2005, Director, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12. March 2005 - August 2007, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. August 2007 - September 2008, Executive Director, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
14. September 2008 - present, Executive Director, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

AWARDS AND HONORS
1985 Air Force Armament Laboratory Scientist of the Year
1988 - 1990 Air Force delegate to the Joint Service Guidance and Control Committee
1992 - 1996 U.S. delegate to the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development
2002, 2003 and 2007 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2005 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2006 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
2007 National Technical Leadership Award, Affiliated Societies Council of Dayton Ohio
2011 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Adjunct faculty member teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels
Federal Communications Commission Extra Class (W4HA) Radio License
Federal Communications Commission First Class Commercial Radiotelephone and Radar License

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Life member, American Radio Relay League
Life member, Senior Executives Association
Former Chairman, Gulf Coast Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Former President, Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level III

(Current as of January 2013)

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