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THOMAS M. FISCHER

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Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Director of Engineering and Technical Management, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides wide-ranging leadership for ensuring technical supremacy and integrity of all Air Force aircraft, engines, munitions, electronic and business systems. He leads a 6,000-person national engineering organization and is responsible for talent acquisition, development and management of the center’s engineering and technical management workforce. He is the Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority, the single independent official authorized to make determinations that air systems are safe for flight and approved for flight operations. He is the Air Force executive responsible for installation management of the Air Force-owned industrial plants throughout the nation. He also provides direct warfighter support through combat effectiveness, vulnerability and operational weaponeering analyses; product support engineering and sustainment technology innovation. He delivers engineering tools to improve technical decisions for developing, fielding and supporting systems.

Mr. Fischer entered federal service in 1987 as a project engineer assigned to Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB. Since then, he served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, science and technology, and command organizations. Mr. Fischer’s assignments included serving as Program Manager and Director of Airborne Laser Development and Integration, responsible for day-to-day program execution. He served as the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Technical Director, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, and was the primary technical consultant across all AFMC product lines. He served as the Air Force Research Laboratory Director of Engineering and Technical Management. He was the AFRL engineering authority and center senior career field representative for science, engineering, and program management functional areas.

In his previous position, Mr. Fischer served as the Air Force Sustainment Center Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Robins AFB, Georgia. He was responsible for delivering cost effective readiness through development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, processes and tools; and provided executive leadership and technical direction to a workforce of more than 2,000 science, engineering, and engineering technician professionals.

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
1994 Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
1996 Master of Business Administration, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
2006 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Program Managers Course, Defense Acquisition University, Kettering, Ohio
2012 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2012 Senior Acquisition Course, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. July 1987 – February 1988, Project Engineer, Environmental Systems, Engineering Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. February 1988 – August 1994, Project Engineer, Environmental Systems, C-17 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. August 1994 – December 1994, Student, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
4. December 1994 – November 1997, Lead Engineer, Aircraft Systems, C-17 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. November 1997 – December 1998, Lead Engineer, Environmental Control/Thermal Management,
F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. December 1998 – September 2002, Plans and Programs Engineer, Program Planning & Integration, F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. September 2002 – July 2003, Lead Air Vehicle Systems Engineer, RQ-4 Global Hawk System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. July 2003 – December 2004, Lead, Airborne Laser System Integration and Chief, Aircraft Branch, Airborne Laser System Program Office, Missile Defense Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
9. December 2004 – June 2006, Program Manager and Director, Development and Integration, Airborne Laser System Program Office, Missile Defense Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
10. June 2006 – June 2008, Chief, C-17 Flight Systems Division, 516th Aeronautical Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. June 2008 – May 2009, Lead Engineer, C-17 Sustainment Program, 516th Aeronautical Systems Wing, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. May 2009 – August 2011, Technical Director, Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
13. August 2011 – June 2012, Student, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2012 – January 2015, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. January 2015 – May 2018, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
17. May 2018 – present, Director of Engineering and Technical Management/Services, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS
Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Air Force Materiel Command Test and Evaluation Team of the Year (Team Lead)
National Defense Industrial Association Gold Medal (Team Lead)
National Management Association Manager of the Year
General Bernard P. Randolph Engineering Team Excellence Award (Team Lead)
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Air Force Achievement Award
Meritorious Civilian Service Award

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level III, Engineering
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level III, Program Management
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level II, Science and Technology Manager
Certified Acquisition Professional, Level I, Test and Evaluation

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Mercer University National Engineering Advisory Board
University of Georgia College of Engineering Advisory Board

(Current as of January 2019)

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