Dr. John S. Wilcox, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director for Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He manages the Munitions Directorate, providing administrative and technical guidance to a staff of more than 500 scientists and engineers developing air-launched conventional munitions technology. The activities of the Munitions Directorate include research on missile seekers, navigation and control, image processing, munitions integration, warheads, fuzing, explosives and technology assessment methodology.
Dr. Wilcox served on active duty in the Air Force for more than 25 years, retiring as a colonel. He began his operational flying career in the F-111 and went on to fly the Royal Air Force and German Tornado as well as the F-4 and F-15E fighter aircraft. He is a graduate of USAF Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nev., and also served there as an instructor. He commanded the 28th Test Squadron at Eglin AFB, and was the Chief of Advanced Air Supremacy while assigned to the Directorate of Requirements at Headquarters Air Combat Command.
While assigned to the Pentagon, Dr. Wilcox served as the military assistant for airpower in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He later served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Precision Engagement and Director of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Program. During Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Wilcox served on the Targeting Team for the strategic air campaign and was the Chief, Time Sensitive Targeting, for Operation Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia. He also served as the Director for Night Fist operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2002.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering, Pennsylvania State University
1982 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1986 Master of Business Administration degree in finance, Oxford University, England
1987 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Doctor of Philosophy degree in information systems technology, University of Maryland
1. 1979 - 1980, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. 1980 - 1983, weapons officer, 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
3. 1983 - 1984, student, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
4. 1984 - 1985, Chief, Weapons, 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Upper Heyford, England
5. 1985 - 1986, student, Tornado Replacement Training Unit, RAF Cottesmore, England
6. 1986 - 1989, assistant operations officer, Tornado Fighter Weapons School, Jever Air Base, West Germany
7. 1989 - 1989, student and initial cadre, F-15E Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. 1989 - 1993, flight commander, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. 1993 - 1995, operations officer, F-15E Division, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. 1995 - 1998, Chief, Advanced Air Supremacy, Advanced Programs, Directorate of Requirements, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. 1998 - 2000, Commander, 28th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12. 2000 - 2003, military assistant for airpower, Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C.
13. 2003 - 2009, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Precision Engagement and Director, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Program, Washington, D.C.
14. 2009 - 2011, Associate Director for Weapons, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
15. 2011 – present, Director for Weapons, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Collier Trophy for Aeronautic Achievement
Ira J. Husik Trophy
1996 Program Manager of the Year, ACC
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Defense Industry Association
System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering
Test and Evaluation
(Current as of October 2013)