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RUSSELL B. HOWARD

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Russell B. Howard, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Mr. Howard leads the development and implementation of engineering policies and practices spanning science and technology, research, development, test and evaluation, and sustainment. In this capacity, he is charged with the overarching systems engineering and technical management policy and practices focused on achieving fleet operational safety, suitability and effectiveness. Mr. Howard also directs development of new initiatives designed to improve the recruitment and career management of military and civilian scientists and engineers.

Mr. Howard began his civil service career in 1983 as a munitions test engineer for the 46th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., later becoming Technical Director of the Munitions Test Division. In 2000, he joined the Counterair Joint System Program Office where he held a variety of assignments, including Chief Engineer for Product Development and Chief of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile International Product Group. Mr. Howard has also served as the first Director of Engineering for the Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing.

Mr. Howard has also served in the Air Force Reserve since 1989. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006. 

EDUCATION
1983 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Auburn University, Ala.
1987 Master of Engineering degree in industrial and systems engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
1989 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
2000 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2001 Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2006 Senior Acquisition Course, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. July 1983 - December 1987, munitions test engineer, Terminal Effects Branch, Munitions Test Division, Directorate for Test Engineering, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. December 1987 - June 1992, programming engineer, Munitions Test Planning Branch, Plan and Programs Division, Directorate of Test Engineering, 46th Test Wing, Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. June 1992 - February 1995, plans and programs engineer, Plans Office, 46th Test Wing, Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. February 1995 - March 2000, Chief, Ground Test Branch, Weapons Test Flight, Munitions Test Division, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. March 2000 - March 2001, lead engineer, Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Performance Team, Customer Supplier Group, Counterair Joint Systems Program Office, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. March 2001 - August 2002, Chief Engineer, Product Development Group, Counterair Joint System Program Office, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. August 2002 - December 2002, Chief, International Product Group, Counterair Joint System Program Office, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. December 2002 - July 2003, Technical Director, Munitions Test Division, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. July 2003 - May 2005, Director of Engineering, Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
10. May 2005 - August 2005, staff specialist, Defense Systems, Air Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. August 2005 - July 2006, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2006 - January 2010, Director of Engineering, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
13. January 2010 - present, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

AWARDS AND HONORS
2000 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2003 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2007 Exceptional Civilian Service Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Institute of Industrial Engineers
Reserve Officers Association

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS 
Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Program Management, Level III, APDP
Test and Evaluation, Level III, APDP
Acquisition Corps qualified, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act

(Current as of March 2010) 

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