William J. Innes, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director, Acquisition, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is the principal advisor to the Special Operations Acquisition Executive and is responsible for oversight and policy for special operations forces acquisition, technology and logistics.
Mr. Innes entered civil service upon graduation from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1993 and subsequent positions in industry. His initial Air Force assignment was in 1997 to the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas, providing engineering support to the propulsion directorate and later the C-17 Globemaster III program on-site at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. Following a short period at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Georgia, he was assigned to the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, supporting the F-22 Raptor program as Chief Sustainment Engineer. This led to his selection as the CV-22 Osprey Chief Engineer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. Mr. Innes then broadened his career as a Senior Defense Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (Industrial Policy) in Crystal City, Virginia. In 2009, he volunteered for a 12-month assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom where he supported the U.S. Army and the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Program Manager for infrastructure projects throughout the country. Upon completion of the deployment, Mr. Innes returned to the Air Force and the CV-22 program, taking on the role of Deputy Program Manager. In 2012, he was assigned to U.S. Transportation Command as a Program Management Division Chief for a portfolio of transportation enabling Information Technology programs. He was promoted to SES and assigned as Deputy Director, Acquisition for U.S. Special Operations Command in May 2019.
1993 Bachelor of Science, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, St. Louis University, Mo.
2001 Master of Business Administration, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
2002 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Program Manager’s Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2014 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, distinguished graduate, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
1. Mar 1995–July 1996, General Aviation Technical Sales Representative, Cooper Aviation, Chicago
2. July 1996–Aug 1997, Propulsion Product Support Representative, General Electric, Miami
3. Aug 1997–Dec 1998, C-130 Propulsion Engineer, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
4. Dec 1998–Jan 2003, C-17 Chief Engineer, Field Support, Charleston AFB, S.C.
5. Jan 2003–July 2003, C-17 Chief Engineer, System Support Manager, Warner Robins ALC, Warner Robins, Ga.
6. July 2003–Nov 2006, F-22 Chief Engineer, Sustainment, ASC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. Nov 2006–Sept 2008, CV-22 Chief Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.
8. Sept 2008–May 2009, Senior Defense Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (Industrial Policy), Arlington, Va.
9. May 2009–July 2010, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development, Kabul, Afghanistan
10. July 2010–Sep 2012, CV-22 Deputy Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River NAS, Md.
11. Sep 2012–May 2019, Information Technology Program Manager Division Chief, Systems and Services, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. May 2019–present, Deputy Director, Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2007 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2010 U.S. Agency for International Development Meritorious Civilian Group Award
2010 Global War on Terror Secretary of Defense Medal
2012 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2019 Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Systems Engineering, Level III
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Program Management, Level III
Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant License
(Current as of September 2019)