Mr. John F. Wagner is Chief Technical Adviser for the Launch and Range Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Mr. Wagner provides expert scientific, engineering, and technical leadership and guidance to the Wing workforce composed of approximately 300 military and civilian. He investigates and determines the technical, scientific, and engineering impact of current and future technology for all wing programs, systems and responsibilities. He provides leadership as well as technical oversight on the identification, development, and acquisition of current and future launch vehicle and range systems. He ensures the latest, most effective engineering and scientific means, tools, and techniques are in place and employed to keep pace with rapid state-of-the-art developments.
Mr. Wagner graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program. During his 30 years of military service he held a variety of assignments in operational, acquisition and staff units. His assignments included positions at Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He served as Commander of the Detachment 9 Launch Group at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and System Program Director for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. He retired as a colonel in September 2006 and entered civil service the following month. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of Staff, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Deputy Director, Launch and Range Systems Wing, Los Angeles AFB.
1976 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington
1983 Master of Arts degree in business management and administration, Central Michigan University
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 Program Manager's Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1991 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Air War College, by correspondence
1998 Air Force Materiel Command Commander's Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2005 Executive Program Manager's Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1. September 1976 - August 1980, test engineer, Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. August 1980 - August 1983, project officer, Productivity, Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. August 1983 - December 1987, Deputy Director, New Concepts Office, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
4. December 1987 - July 1990, Deputy for Congressional Affairs and Program Element Monitor, Medium Launch Vehicles, Acquisition Management, Assistant Secretary (Acquisition), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. July 1990 - June 1991, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. June 1991 - June 1993, inspector, Air Force Inspection Agency, Norton AFB, Calif.
7. June 1993 - May 1996, Deputy Program Manager, Advance Ballistic Defense Program, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
8. May 1996 - October 1997, executive officer to the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
9. October 1997 - June 1998, Program Manager, Atlas Launch Vehicle Program, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
10. June 1998 - July 2002, Commander, Detachment 9, Space and Missile Systems Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
11. July 2002 - March 2003, Deputy System Program Director, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
12. April 2003 - December 2003, Director of Staff, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
13. December 2003 - May 2004, Director of Logistics, Coalition Provisional Authority, Coalition Joint Task Force 7, Baghdad, Iraq
14. May 2004 - September 2006, System Program Director, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. October 2006 - May 2007, Director of Staff, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
16. May 2007 - January 2008, Deputy Director, Launch and Range Systems Wing, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
17. January 2008 - present, Chief Technical Adviser, Launch and Range Systems Wing, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Defense Acquisition Corps
1992 Program Manager, Level III
1993 Systems Engineering, Level III
(Current as of March 2008)