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MICHAEL J. "MIKE" DUNN

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Michael J. "Mike" Dunn is Technical Director, Global Positioning System Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He serves as the primary technical adviser to the GPS wing commander.  Mr. Dunn oversees the design, development, acquisition, integration, and testing of critical GPS space systems, operational control systems, and user equipment systems to provide sustained and enhanced position, navigation, and timing information to warfighters and civil users worldwide.

Mr. Dunn was commissioned in the Air Force as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served 30 years. In his last military assignment, he was Director of Launch Programs where he led acquisition, engineering, and operational support for Titan II/IV, Atlas IIA/IIAS/III, and Delta II launch system families, plus Centaur and Inertial Upper Stages. He certified the flightworthiness of each vehicle and served as Air Force mission director. His government and industry team set a record 33 consecutive mission successes. Mr. Dunn previously served as the GPS Space Group Director, leading satellite development, launch and on-orbit support.

EDUCATION
1974 Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and life sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1977 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1979 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California
1981 Education with Industry, Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y.
1987 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1992 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1995 Air War College, by correspondence
1999 Executive Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1974 - 1976, laser research chemist for oxygen-iodine space lasers, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Air Force Systems Command, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2. 1976 - 1977, system program management officer, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Air Force Systems Command, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
3. 1977 - 1980, Chief, Program Analysis, and Chief, Engineering Management, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
4. 1980 - 1982, student, Education with Industry, Rochester, N.Y.
5. 1982 - 1985, Chief, Payload Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
6. 1985 - 1986, Chief, Advanced System Requirements, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
7. 1986 - 1987, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. 1987 - 1988, Chief, Spacecraft Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force Operational Detachment
9. 1988 - 1991, Director of Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force Operational Detachment
10. 1991 - 1992, Director of Systems Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
11. 1992 - 1994, Director of Financial Planning and Control, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects, Washington, D.C.
12. 1994 - 1996, Program Manager, Spacecraft Development, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
13. 1996 - 1998, Commander, Detachment 8, Space and Missile Systems Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
14. 1998 - 1999, Deputy Director, Launch Programs, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
15. 1999 - 2004, Director, Launch Programs, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
16. 2005 - 2005, Supervisory Physical Scientist, Space Radar Program, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
17. 2005 - 2008, Director, GPS Space Group, GPS Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
18. 2008 - present, Technical Director, GPS Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1969 FAA private pilot license
1997 National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation (Office of Special Projects)
1997 Unit Team Award (Space and Missile Systems Center Launch), National Reconnaissance Office
1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004 General Schriever Chapter Unit of the Year Award (Launch Programs), Air Force Association
1998 Group Achievement Award (Cassini Program Titan IV U.S. Air Force Management Team), NASA
1998 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for "Best of the Best" in Technical Excellence ND Innovation in ODS Elimination from Rocket Motor Manufacturing (U.S. Air Force Space Launch Programs), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1998 General Schriever Chapter Senior Officer of the Year, AFA
2001 Team of the Year (Systems Program Office), Space and Missile Systems Center
2004 National Reconnaissance Office's Service Award
2004 Outstanding Systems Program Director Transformation Award, Air Force Space Command
2006 General Schriever Chapter Unit of the Year Award (GPS Joint Program), AFA

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Program Management, Level III
Systems Development, Level III
Business Management Level III

(Current as of April 2009)

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