Mr. Riley Repko is the Strategic Adviser to the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff on innovation and modernization issues to existing and future requirements serving at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. This position enables Air Force management, through operational expertise and industry access, the awareness necessary to assist in the development of proper strategic planning, communications and execution of existing programs. To also provide new organizational strategies; transformational planning, new ideas and execution paramount to supporting the SecAF's and the CSAF's priorities in Air, Space and Cyberspace for the senior-most Air Force leaders. He serves as a functional expert and special adviser collaborating with Defense Department organizations and industry on how best to build and complement the Air Force's requirements while integrating the awareness to these capabilities with current operational forces within the Air Force by establishing and maintaining essential relationships, specific lines of communications and critical processes to ensure continued success across the entire USAF operational enterprise. Mr. Repko is a highly qualified expert who will serve in this assignment for three years.
Mr. Repko entered the Air Force's Officer training School in 1979, after graduating from St. Bonaventure University, N.Y. While on active duty, he served in staff assignments as an electronic warfare systems engineer and major command aide-de-camp. Mr. Repko separated from active duty in 1984 and continued his military career in the Air Force Reserve for the next 22 years. As an individual mobilization augmentee on the Air Staff, he held assignments in space operations, modeling and simulation wargame/exercise support and budgeting and programming. He then held senior Reserve positions as a mobilization assistant both at Air Force Space Command, on the U.S. Strategic Command staff and at Headquarters Air Force. In March 2004, he deployed to Balad, Iraq as the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Vice Commander and Director of Staff.
As a civilian, Mr. Repko spent 30 years as a technology industry executive specializing in software, cybersecurity solutions, product sales and strategic business development both in the U.S. and in the Asia-Pacific region.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1983 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1984 Master's degree in business administration, St. Mary's University, San Antonio
1987 Marine Corps Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1989 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1994 Air War College, by seminar
2002 Reserve Component National Security Course, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. September 1979 - April 1981, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. April 1981 - July 1983, electro-optics systems engineer, Headquarters Air Force Electronic Warfare Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
3. July 1983 - October 1984, aide-de-camp and assistant executive officer to the Commander, Headquarters Electronic Security Command, Kelly AFB, Texas
4. October 1984 - August 1988, space planning and programming officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. August 1988 - July 1994, planning, programming and budget officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. July 1994 - October 1998, individual mobilization augmentee to the Director, Air Force Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. October 1998 - October 1999, Reserve adviser to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. October 1999 - May 2001, senior individual mobilization augmentee to the Director, Architecture and Interoperability, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Information, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. May 2001 - January 2003, mobilization assistant to the Director, Communications and Information, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. January 2003 - January 2006, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Space Warfare Center, Air Force Space Command, Schriever AFB, Colo. (March 2004 - June 2004, Vice Commander and Director of Staff, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad, Iraq; July 2004 - December 2004, special assignment as Liaison Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.)
11. January 2006 - August 2006, mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Air Force Reserve, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. February 2009 - November 2011, Senior Adviser, Cyber Operations and Transformation, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. October 2017 - Present, Strategic Engagement Integration Adviser (HQE), Secretary and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with "V" device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Major command Junior Officer of the Year
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
World Board of Governors and Secretary, United Services Organization
Life member, Air Force Association
Board of Advisers, American Electronics Association
Industry adviser, Information Technology Association of America
Board of Advisers, Council on Competitiveness
Board member and former President, Association of Technology Business Councils
Board member and Vice President for Programs, Northern Virginia, Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association
(Current as of November 2017)