Sue Dryden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping more than 180,000 technicians and managers maintaining the Air Force global engagement aerospace weapons system inventory. She provides strategic direction for materiel and equipment management, fuels, vehicle management and operations, distribution, personal property, and passenger traffic management. The directorate develops logistics readiness, maintenance and munitions policy, ensuring the readiness of the single largest element of manpower supporting Air Force combat forces worldwide.
Ms. Dryden served on active duty in the Air Force and was first assigned as a jet engine mechanic at Hahn Air Base, Germany. She later cross-trained into the manpower management field and served at Kapaun Air Station, Germany and Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Ms. Dryden began her civil service career at Robins AFB in 1983. She served in a wide range of logistics fields to include F-15 jet engine mechanic, C-141 budget chief, Plans and Programs section chief, and C-5 industrial production manager, and deputy chief of the F-15 Production Division. While chief of the Depot Maintenance Division, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Ms Dryden led a dramatic turnaround by driving process improvements across all three Air Logistics Centers. Ms Dryden directed F-22 sustainment activities employing innovative and effective performance based logistics strategies to support the Air Force's premier fighter aircraft. As the Director, 309th Maintenance Wing, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Ms Dryden managed a $1 billion annual budget, with a workforce of 8,000 employees at eight different locations, both overseas and stateside, and led significant improvements in quality, schedule, and cost of depot repair, overhaul, modification, regeneration and reclamation of the A-10, F-16, F-22, T-38, and C-130 aircraft, the Minuteman ICBM system, software, and commodities.
1993 Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Mercer University, Macon, Ga.
2006 Master of Science degree in logistics management, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Leadership Enhancement Program, Center For Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
1. February 1978 - July 1983, active-duty Air Force: jet engine mechanic, Hahn AB, West Germany; management engineering technician, Kapaun AS, West Germany; management engineering technician, Headquarters AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga.
2. August 1983 - June 1984, industrial engineering technician, Headquarters AFRC, Robins AFB, Ga.
3. June 1984 - March 1985, F-15 aircraft engine mechanic, Directorate of Maintenance, Robins AFB, Ga.
4. March 1985 - January 1987, C-141 industrial engineering technician, Directorate of Maintenance, Robins AFB, Ga.
5. January 1987 - May 1990, Chief, Productivity and Analysis Section, Directorate of Maintenance, Robins AFB, Ga.
6. May 1990 - December 1993, Chief, Budget Section, C-141 Directorate, Robins AFB, Ga.
7. December 1993 - June 1996, Chief, Business Plans and Programs Branch, Plans and Programs Division, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. June 1996 - October 1998, Chief, Manpower and Workload Branch, Logistics Management Directorate, Robins AFB, Ga.
9. October 1998 - January 1999, Deputy Chief, Production Division, C-5 Directorate, Robins AFB, Ga.
10. January 1999 - February 2000, Chief, Program Control Branch, Technology and Industrial Support Directorate, Robins AFB, Ga.
11. February 2000 - July 2002, Deputy Chief, Production Division, F-15 Directorate, Robins AFB, Ga.
12. July 2002 - January 2005, Deputy Chief, Depot Maintenance Division, Directorate of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. January 2005 - February 2007, Director of Logistics, Fighter/Attack Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. February 2007 - June 2009, Director, 878th Aeronautical Systems Group, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. June 2009 - September 2010, Deputy Director, 309th Maintenance Wing, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, Utah
16. September 2010 - October 2010, acting Director, 309th Maintenance Wing, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, Utah
17. October 2010 - July 2011, Director, 309th Maintenance Wing, Ogden ALC, Hill AFB, Utah
18. July 2011 - present, Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1978 Honor graduate, U.S. Air Force Basic Training
1996 Resource Adviser of the Year, AFMC
1996 Woman of Achievement, Robins AFB, Ga.
2008 Defense Logistics Contractor-Military Collaboration of the Year
2008 System Level Performance Based Logistics Award, Secretary of Defense
2009 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2011 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Logistics Officers Association
Senior Executives Association
Life Cycle Logistics, Level III, Defense Acquisition University
Program Management, Level III, Defense Acquisition University
(Current as of August 2011)