HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

JACK BLACKHURST

PRINT | E-MAIL

Jack Blackhurst, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the principal assistant to the commander and the senior civilian executive responsible for managing the Air Force's $2.5 billion science and technology program along with an additional $2.3 billion of externally funded research and development. He serves a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory's nine component technology directorates and 711th Human Performance Wing.

 

He earned his Air Force commission through ROTC in 1974 and began his career as a Communications-Electronics Officer assigned to Strategic Air Command in the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. After completing his master's degree through the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1979, he held numerous management positions within the Air Force personnel and human research communities, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering.

 

Mr. Blackhurst retired as a colonel in 2004 before moving to the AFRL as Director for the Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2010.

 

EDUCATION

1974 Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Allegheny College
1979 Master of Arts, industrial psychology, Air Force Institute of Technology, St. Mary's University, San Antonio

 

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. September 1974 - May 1975, student, Communications-Electronics School, Keesler AFB, Miss.

2. May 1975 - August 1978, communications-electronics officer, 509th Bomb Wing, Pease AFB, N.H.

3. August 1978 - December 1979, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

4. December 1979 - July 1984, survey officer, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas

5. July 1984 - July 1986, Air Force Program Manager for the Joint Service Performance Measurement Project, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Brooks AFB, Texas

6. July 1986 - July 1990, Chief, Advanced On-the-Job Training System Project, Air Force Human Resource Laboratory, Bergstrom AFB, Texas

7. July 1990 - July 1994, Chief, Advanced Training System Division, Human Systems Program Office, Brooks AFB, Texas

8. July 1994 - June 1999, Program Element Monitor and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 
9. June 1999 - August 2004, Chief, Space and Missile Systems Sector, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright- Patterson AFB, Ohio

10. September 2004 - July 2008, Technical Adviser, Plans and Programs, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

11. August 2008 - November 2013, Director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

12. November 2013 - May 2017, Director, Plans and Programs Directorate and Director, Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate, HQ AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

13. June 2017 - present, Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, HQ AFRL, Wright‑Patterson AFB, Ohio

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Program Management, Level III

 

(Current as of April 2018)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
#DYK: @DMAFB is one of seven #AirForce bases w/forward area refueling point capabilities, and there are only 63 qua… https://t.co/UI2SzoYdjA
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Anyone out there watch Super Bowl LIII? Well, @USNorthernCmd and NORAD fighter aircraft kept the airspace safe during t…
#AirForce formalizes policy on retention of non-deployable Airmen. https://t.co/O8yfj5acRt https://t.co/7t5ynNMgo2
It's a 2-way street! Find out how our #ProfessionalDevelopment Teams are a benefit to both mentor and mentee.… https://t.co/nxmtpZWnis
.@30thSpaceWing civilians use #innovation, reutilization, and team dynamics to save #USAF $1 billion.… https://t.co/TpFKYvaxay
.@374AirliftWing #Airmen are leading the way, learning how the M50 gas mask works w/other #USAF large-frame aircraf… https://t.co/n3cuh1OQnd
“Being self-aware and keeping my mental composure through very intense situations was key.” - Senior #Airman Jeffre… https://t.co/DM22RiBKNN
Citing health, safety concerns, @SecAFOfficial and @GenDaveGoldfein order commanders to conduct ‘100% review’ of al… https://t.co/DzvwOAQDvH
The 6 finalists of @SecAFOfficial’s #SparkTank initiative will showcase their ideas to #USAF senior leaders at… https://t.co/s9PUuNa3BN
The U.S. considers freedom to operate in #space a vital national interest, one that is fundamental to prosperity &… https://t.co/qcgciOUiTe
WARNING: This will leave you wanting more! https://t.co/8oLhRQXyiE
RT @cspan: Today on C-SPAN: 10am – Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew @atlanticcouncil 12:15pm – U.S. Withdrawal from #Afghanistan @cftni
#DYK ice can make an aircraft heavier and freeze the flight controls? Maintenance #Airmen ensure frozen contaminati… https://t.co/cymhD8VQI2
Let's start this #B2uesday off right and ready! @Whiteman_AFB https://t.co/u4zY77HJWx
Find out how integrated #combat turns, or ICTs, are making a major impact on combat operations! @DMAFB https://t.co/EBezmHLrgq
RT @DeptofDefense: #PresidentsDay was initially created to honor the birthday of George Washington, but since then, it’s become a day to ho…
#MentorMonday: To whom do you look for guidance? https://t.co/u6nQ44PrZz
An #Airman @124thFighterWing participates in a Major Readiness Exercise at #GowenField in #Boise, Idaho. (… https://t.co/PzSIjWaxF3
Catch up on #USAF news w/ this edition of Around the #AirForce! https://t.co/CTXpTp0vMX