Rafael A. Garcia, a member of the Senior Executive Service, Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He is responsible for program execution and oversight to develop, acquire, field, sustain and modernize propulsion systems, ensuring cost, schedule, performance and total life cycle management requirements are met. The propulsion enterprise is comprised of over 500 employees, more than 24,000 engines installed on 30 different weapon systems in support of the U.S. Air Force and 40 international partners.
Mr. Garcia began his Air Force civilian career in 1992 as an engineer in the Aircraft Structural Integrity office at San Antonio Air Logistics Center. He has served in many varied positions across the department, to include an assignment to the Propulsion Product Group Manager's staff; as F-15/16 fighter Engines Systems Engineering Branch Chief, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center; as F-22 fighter Engine Integrated Product Team lead, Aeronautical Systems Center; as B-52 Chief Engineer, B-52 Aircraft Sustainment Group Deputy, KC-135 Aircraft Sustainment Group Deputy, and then Chief of the Propulsion Sustainment Division, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. Most recently he served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) responsible for developing policies and processes to streamline the acquisition milestone process for the Department of Defense. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2013.
1983 Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York
1997 Masters of Science Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
1999 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
2000 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Air War College, by correspondence
2012 Masters of Science National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2013 Defense Senior Leadership Development Program
1. December 1992 - January 1996, Engine/Mechanical System Structural Integrity Engineer, Aircraft Structural Integrity Office, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
2. January 1996 - March 2000, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Product Group, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
3. March 2000 - July 2000, Supervisory Chief, F100 Engineering Section, Fighter Propulsion Division, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
4. August 2000 - January 2002, Supervisory Chief, F100 Systems Engineering Branch, Fighter Propulsion Division, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
5. January 2002 - February 2004, Supervisory Chief Engineer, F119 Integrated Product Team, Propulsion System Program Office, Aeronautical System Center, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. February 2004 - January 2006, Chief Engineer, B-52 System Program Office, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
7. January 2006 - October 2007, Deputy Director, 327th Aircraft Sustainment Group (B-52), Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
8. October 2007 - January 2010, Deputy Director, 827th Aircraft Sustainment Group (KC-135), Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
9. January 2010 - July 2011, Chief, Propulsion Sustainment Division, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
10. July 2011 - June 2012, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. July 2012 - February 2013, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. February 2012 - present, Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1994 Notable Achievement Award
1996 Notable Achievement Award
1994-1998, 2000-2011 Performance Award
2001 Exemplary Civilian Service Award, December
Program Management, Level III
Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level I
(Current as of May 2013)