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Dr. Steven F. Butler:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. Steve Butler, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Butler leads the development and implementation of engineering policies and practices spanning science and technology, research, development, test and evaluation, and sustainment. In this capacity, he is charged with the overarching systems engineering and technical management policy and practices focused on achieving fleet operational safety, suitability and effectiveness. Dr. Butler also directs development of new initiatives designed to improve the recruitment and career management of military and civilian scientists and engineers.
Dr. Butler has served in many broad assignments within the military departments. His assignments range from his work in the field organizations developing precision guided weapons to the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served as the Deputy Program Director for the F/A-22 advanced tactical fighter and the Technical Director for most of the Air Force's munitions inventory, including the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile and the Joint Direct Attack Munition. Prior to his work in the program offices, Dr. Butler served in the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 46th Test Wing where he was known for his leadership in electro-optical and radar guided weapons. He has also worked for Texas Instruments and the Army Corps of Engineers and has taught graduate courses for the University of Florida. Dr. Butler joined the Senior Executive Service in 1997.
1976 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, University of Florida
1978 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Florida
1985 Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering, University of Florida
1992 Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1997 Executive Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1999 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1. November 1978 - May 1981, flight test engineer, 3246th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. October 1981 - March 1985, fuze and seeker design engineer, Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. March 1985 - October 1987, Chief, Seeker Section, Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. October 1987 - December 1988, Chief Director of Engineering, Air-to-Surface Weapons System Project Office, Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. December 1988 - October 1990, Technical Director of Special Projects, Eglin AFB, Fla.
6. October 1990 - May 1991, Director, Guidance and Mission Planning Directorate, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. May 1991 - April 1994, Director of Engineering, Air-to-Surface Weapons SPO, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. April 1994 - June 1995, Director of Engineering, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. June 1995 - September 1996, Technical Director, Engineering Directorate, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. September 1996 - September 1997, Deputy Program Director, F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. September 1997 - October 1999, Assistant Deputy Director for Air Warfare, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
12. October 1999 - March 2005, Director, Engineering and Technical Management Directorate, AAC, AFMC, Eglin AFB, Fla.
13. March 2005 - present, Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1985 Air Force Armament Laboratory Scientist of the Year
1988 - 1990 Air Force delegate to the Joint Service Guidance and Control Committee
1992 - 1996 U.S. delegate to the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development
2002 Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Adjunct faculty member teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels
Federal Communications Commission Extra Class (W4HA) Radio License
Federal Communications Commission First Class Commercial Radiotelephone and Radar License
Life member, American Radio Relay League
Life member, Senior Executives Association
Former chairman, Gulf Coast Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
2001 - 2005 President, Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association
Systems Planning, Research Development and Engineering, Level III
Program Management, Level III
Test and Evaluation, Level III


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