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THOMAS M. FISCHER

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Thomas M. Fischer, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management/Services, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He provides overall technical leadership for total life cycle management covering all Air Force aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. He is the Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority. He is responsible for the proper allocation and expenditure of fiscal resources ($20 billion) and for the management of the Center’s engineering and technical workforce (over 3,500 personnel). He provides engineering and technical management tools to programs charged with developing, fielding and supporting technologically advanced weapon systems.

Mr. Fischer entered federal service in 1987 as a project engineer assigned to Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Since then, he has served in a broad range of senior engineering and program management positions in acquisition, sustainment, science and technology, and
command organizations. Mr. Fischer also held leadership positions in the Missile Defense Agency, serving as Program Manager and Director of Airborne Laser Development and Integration, responsible for day-to-day program execution. He served as the Technical Director, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command and was the primary technical consultant across all AFMC product lines. He served as Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Research Laboratory. He was the AFRL engineering authority, delegated technical authority for airworthiness, and Center senior career field representative for science, engineering, and program management functional areas. Mr. Fischer’s assignments also included serving as the Lead Engineer for the C-17 Sustainment Program and as a senior engineer on several other Air Force weapon systems including the F-22 and RQ-4 Global Hawk.

In his previous position, Mr. Fischer served as Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Sustainment Center Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He led the AFSC Engineering mission execution at Robins AFB and was responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of technical processes and tools; and provided executive leadership and technical direction to a workforce of more than 2,100 science, engineering, and engineering technician professionals.

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science Degree, mechanical engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
1994 Master of Science Degree, mechanical engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
1996 Master of Business Administration Degree, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
2006 Air War College, Air University, by correspondence
2011 Program Managers Course, Defense Acquisition University, Kettering, Ohio
2012 Master of Science Degree, national resource strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Fort 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 AFB, 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 Systems, F-22 System Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. December 1998 – September 2002, Plans and programs engineer, Program Planning and 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, Airborne Laser 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

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

MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS

1995 Award for Excellence in Acquisition Management
1996 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2002 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2003 Aeronautical Systems Center Program Management Team of the Year
2004 Air Force Materiel Command Test and Evaluation Team of the Year (Team Lead)
2005 National Defense Industrial Association Gold Medal (Team Lead)
2005 Airborne Laser System Program Office Senior Civilian of the Year
2008 National Management Association Manager of the Year
2011 General Bernard P. Randolph Engineering Team Excellence Award (Team Lead)
2012 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2014 Air Force Achievement Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Mercer University National Engineering Advisory Board
University of Georgia College of Engineering Advisory Board
United States Air Force Academy Engineering Program Advisory Council

(Current as of June 2018)

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