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Ronald A. Mason:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Ronald A. Mason, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Combatant Commanders? Command and Control Systems Group, Command and Control Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Wing, Electronic Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for six critical mission programs: Space Control Sensors at Peterson AFB and Hanscom AFB, Mass.; Global C2 Systems at Peterson and Hanscom AFBs; Missile Warning and Defense Sensors at Hanscom AFB; Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network at U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.; Global Transportation Network at U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.; and the E-4 National Airborne Operations Center at Tinker AFB, Okla. Together, these programs support national missile, space and air defense as well as the assessment of warning and response to threats against North America.
Mr. Mason entered federal service in 1981 as a project engineer for the Imagery Interpretation Program under Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom AFB. He subsequently worked as a program manager for the Intelligence Training Systems, later serving as the division's director. Mr. Mason has also served as the Deputy Director of the Communications and Airspace Management Systems Program Office and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Program Office. He served in the Pentagon as the Chief of Air Force Acquisition Reform, where he was responsible for the development and dissemination of acquisition processes and reform initiatives. He returned to the ESC at Hanscom AFB as the Program Director for the Military Satellite Communications Terminal Programs Office. Prior to his current assignment, he was the acting Program Director of the Network and Information Integration Program Office.
EDUCATION
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Western New England College, Springfield, Mass.
1984 Master of Science degree in engineering management, Western New England College, Springfield, Mass.
1989 Program Manager?s Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1993 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1995 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
1997 Program for Senior Executive Fellows, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1998 Executive Program Manager?s Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2000 International Issues in Defense, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2004 Executive Development Seminar: Leading Change, Office of Personnel Management, Eastern Management Development Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. June 1980 ? June 1981, project engineer, Air Force Standard Navigation Program, Litton Guidance and Control Systems Division, Calif.
2. June 1981 ? June 1982, project engineer, Imagery Interpretation Program, Headquarters Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
3. June 1982 ? July 1983, project engineer, Tactical Electronic Reconnaissance Remote Terminal Program, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
4. July 1983 ? August 1984, Program Manager, Sentinel Aspen II Program, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
5. August 1984 ? December 1984, Program Manager, Strategic Defense Initiative Radar Study, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
6. December 1984 ? April 1987, Program Manager, Sentinel Bright I Program, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
7. April 1987 ? March 1993, Deputy Director, later, Director, Signals Intelligence and Training Systems Directorate, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
8. March 1993 ? May 1997, Deputy System Program Director, Communications and Airspace Management Systems, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass. (June 1994 ? March 1995 and October 1995 ? January 1996, acting System Program Director, Communications and Airspace Management Systems)
9. May 1997 ? August 2000, Deputy System Program Director, Joint Surveillance Target Attach Radar System Program Office, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
10. August 2000 ? July 2001, Chief, Acquisition Reform, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
11. August 2001 ? September 2003, Program Director, Military Satellite Communications Terminal Programs Office, Headquarters ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
12. October 2003 ? August 2004, Deputy Program Director, later, acting Program Director, Networks and Information Integration Program Office, ESC, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
13. August 2004 ? present, Executive Director, Combatant Commanders? Command and Control Systems Group, ESC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Organizational Excellence Award
Notable Achievement Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Board of Directors, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Lexington-Concord Chapter, Mass.
Air Force Association
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Acquisition Program Management, Level III, Acquisition Professional Development Program
Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Level III, APDP

 

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