W. Michael Hatcher, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Engineering at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. He is responsible for more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel, predominately professional engineers and scientists. As the senior engineering manager for the air logistics center, he provides executive leadership, technical direction and engineering and scientist resources to support weapon systems including F-15, C-5, C-17, C-130, C-141, U-2, special operations forces, missiles, ground support equipment, ground vehicles, electronic warfare, airborne avionics and others.
Mr. Hatcher entered civil service with the Air Force in 1976 as an electronic engineer in the Electronic Warfare Management Division. He advanced through the engineering ranks to the position of Chief Engineer in the Avionics Management Division at Robins AFB. He has served as chairperson on various study groups and task forces commissioned by senior leadership to create or modify acquisition or avionics systems. He represented the Logistics and Engineering Deputy Chief of Staff organization at Headquarters U.S. Air Force reviewing execution and allocating resources for various electronics combat, reconnaissance and surveillance acquisition programs.
Mr. Hatcher has led in the acquisition and sustainment of three major defense acquisition programs over the full range of the weapon system life cycle. He has served as the Deputy Program Director for the F-15 System Program Office at Warner Robins ALC, and Director for the Joint Direct Attack Munitions System Program Office at Eglin AFB, Fla.
1975 Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
1984 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1986 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1989 Master of Science degree in the management of technology, Alfred B. Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1993 Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1. October 1976 - May 1983, system engineer, Electronic Warfare Management Division, Material Management Directorate, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
2. May 1983 - November 1985, engineering supervisor, Electronic Warfare Division, Materiel Management Directorate, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
3. November 1985 - November 1986, logistics analyst, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
4. November 1986 - June 1989, Chief Engineer and Engineering Manager, Avionics and Missiles Management Division, Materiel Management Directorate, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
5. June 1989 - October 1990, Chief, Fire Control and Weapons Branch, Materiel Management Directorate, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
6. October 1990 - October 1993, Division Chief, Space and Special Systems Directorate, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
7. October 1993 - December 1999, Deputy Director, C-130 System Program Office, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. January 2000 - June 2000, Deputy Director, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile System Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. June 2000 - November 2002, Program Director, Joint Direct Attack Munitions System Program Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
10. November 2002 - July 2003, Deputy Program Director, F-15 System Program Office, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
10. July 2003 - present, Director, Engineering Directorate, Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Ga.
AWARDS AND HONORS
U.S. Air Force Science and Engineering Award
Certified Professional Logistician, Society of Logistics Engineers
Program Management, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III, APDP
Acquisition Logistics, Level III, APDP
(Current as of October 2007)