HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

RANDALL G. WALDEN

PRINT | E-MAIL

Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office has been responsible for development and deployment of significant upgrades to the Integrated Air Defense System now operational around the National Capital Region and the launch and experimental operations of the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. Other responsibilities include technical integration of Department of Defense classified activities, and the representation of these activities to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress and the White House.

Mr. Walden graduated from Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Virginia, in 1982. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force the same year and served as a flight test engineer with Air Force Material Command at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, and Nellis AFB, Nevada. During his tours as a flight test engineer, Mr. Walden participated in the development, ground and flight-testing of numerous aerospace weapon systems. He holds a master non-rated aircrew badge.

Mr. Walden retired from active duty in 2002 with more than 20 years of military experience as an acquisition and technical professional. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002, serving on the Air Staff as the Director for Information Dominance Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) and Director, Air Force Test and Evaluation, prior to his current position.

EDUCATION
1982 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Va.
1984 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, Ill.
1987 Flight Test Engineer Course, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Master of Science, Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Patuxent River, Md.
1996 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1997 Advanced Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2003 Senior Executive Service Seminar, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1982 - 1984, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, Ill.
2. 1984 - 1989, Flight Test Engineer, F-16 Combined Test Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
3. 1989 - 1992, Lead Avionics Flight Test Engineer, V-22 Multi-Service Test Team, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
4. 1992 - 1997, Operations Officer and Flight Test Program Manager, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. 1997 - 1998, Classified Flight Test Squadron Commander, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. 1998 - 1999, Deputy Chief, Advanced Technology Division, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
7. 1999 - 2002, Chief, Special Studies Division, Air Force Red Team, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
8. 2002 - 2003, Technical Director, Directorate of Special Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
9. 2003 - 2009, Technical Director, Special Programs, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
10. 2009 - 2009, Deputy and Technical Director, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
11. 2009 - 2013, Director, Information Dominance Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
12. 2013 - 2014, Director, Air Force Test and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. 2014 - present, Director and Program Executive Officer, Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2007 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award
2017 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Society of Flight Test Engineers

(Current as of June 2020)

Engage

Twitter
Aeromedical evacuation missions consist of critical care transport teams executing patient movement and care.… https://t.co/rbtAum69VT
Twitter
Less downtime means the mission moves forward faster. Airmen assigned to the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron fro… https://t.co/Yark70RZAY
Twitter
Yes, even robodog is a very good boy. 🐕 🤖 @TeamTyndall is one of the first military bases to implement “computeri… https://t.co/H1OSccLwjg
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Focus on the things that matter & the things you can control. Anything else is a distraction at best. Have a fantasti…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: COVID-19 precautions have made in-person engagements with #Airmen challenging. However, I’m grateful for the virtual oppo…
Twitter
Preparing for tomorrow's fight, today. #InnovativeAF #ReadyAF https://t.co/sKXDUgZelP
Twitter
Pit stop⛽️ The E-3 Sentry, which is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and… https://t.co/Qw1bifEZf4
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: DOD military medical professionals at @BWI_Airport & @SeaTacAirport began giving rapid #COVID19 tests to service members…
Twitter
Water survival tactics 🚤 Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists assigned to the 375th Operations Su… https://t.co/Eu2L4SEyYD
Twitter
The 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron recently won squadron innovation funds for the purchase and use of… https://t.co/R49nXOK8Jf
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: What can I say? I like to go fast. @NASAKennedy https://t.co/oduSjtG9jc
Twitter
Staying connected is more important than ever, especially those with #invisiblewounds. Take care of yourself,… https://t.co/u0fCkNniJ1
Twitter
🇺🇸 Strengthening partnerships 🇨🇦 Members of @CONG1860 & @NORADCommand demonstrated US-Canadian readiness during O… https://t.co/UqWTd5IlTD
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Charlie was a highlight at my visit to Whiteman... Met him at the Welcome Center where he provides lots of love to our…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: No take backs, Amn Wimberly! I had a great visit with Team Whiteman that really showed me how important the AFGSC Str…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” -- General Ge…
Twitter
Modernizing readiness “We cannot afford to slow our momentum on ABMS. Our warfighters and combatant commands must… https://t.co/MDStynkZTj
Twitter
“Back then, we didn’t have drones—you had to shoot your enemy down your damn self.” - World War II Ace Clarence “Bu… https://t.co/GY75MaAzqV
Twitter
One team, one fight ⚔️ Airmen trained w/@USNavy Sailors and @USMC Marines a joint interoperability exercise to te… https://t.co/y25zVRt9jq
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,309,369
Follow Us