Gerry L. Freisthler, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Engineering and Acquisition Support Directorate, Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of engineering, logistics, and program management support provided to weapon systems developed and acquired by the center. He assures the proper allocation of personnel and engineering tools to the program offices to ensure sound systems engineering.
Mr. Freisthler started his career in 1976 working for General Motors. After six years of engineering and production supervisory positions at GM, he entered federal service at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He first served as program manager in the Maverick and Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile System Program offices. In 1988, he was promoted and transferred to the Propulsion SPO, where he held various mid-level to senior management positions for nearly 10 years. These included program manager for the Aircraft Engine Component Improvement and F110 Engine programs, as well as Chief of Integration and Deputy SPO Director responsible for managing all of the Propulsion SPO engine programs for the B-1, B-2, C-17, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35 and U-2 aircraft.
In October 1997, Mr. Freisthler was selected Deputy Program Director for the $70 billion F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter Program, leading the program from development into production. He transferred to the Pentagon in 2001 where he served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers, and then as Chief of Execution and Financial Management. In May 2002 he was selected as Director of the Lethal Strike Joint SPO at Eglin AFB. Mr. Freisthler went on to serve as Director of the Long Range Attack JSPO and, prior to his current assignment, Director of the Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering, Wright State University, Ohio
1985 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1994 Master of Science degree in engineering management, University of Dayton, Ohio
1. June 1976 - October 1982, first line supervisor, later, process and production engineer, Inland Division of General Motors, Dayton, Ohio
2. April 1982 - January 1985, Support Equipment Program Manager, Maverick SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. January 1985 - June 1985, student, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
4. June 1985 - February 1988, Program Manager and Chief of Projects, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile Joint SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. February 1988 - September 1990, Air Force Program Manager, Aircraft Engine Component Improvement Program, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. September 1990 - August 1993, F-16 Program Manager, F110-GE-100/-129 engine programs, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. August 1993 - August 1994, graduate student, Acquisition Program Management Career Program, University of Dayton, Ohio
8. August 1994 - August 1995, Propulsion Chief of Integration, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. August 1995 - October 1997, Deputy Development System Manager for Propulsion, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. October 1997 - June 2001, Deputy Program Director for the F-22 SPO, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. June 2001 - December 2001, Deputy Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. December 2001 - May 2002, Chief of Execution and Financial Management, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. May 2002 - November 2003, Director, Lethal Strike SPO, Eglin AFB, Fla.
14. November 2003 - January 2005, Director, Long Range Attack Joint SPO, Eglin AFB, Fla.
15. January 2005 ? May 2005, Director, Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
16. May 2005 - present, Director, Engineering and Acquisition Support Directorate, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
AWARDS AND HONORS
William A. Jump Memorial Foundation Award, Air Force
Federally Employed Women's Supervisor of the Year
National Defense Industrial Association
Program Management, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Engineering, Level II, APDP