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Mr. John W. Laviolette is the Base Civil Engineer, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tennessee. In this position, he leads the Civil Engineer Branch responsible for providing responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services to include facility and utility infrastructure investment planning, design and construction, operations support, real property management, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, and fire and emergency management.

Mr. Laviolette was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1983 and retired a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of service. Throughout his career, he served in various leadership roles at base level and major command assignments supporting the mission of the U.S. Air Force. He entered federal civil service in February 2003 and has served as a Civil Engineer Program Manager, Engineering Flight Chief, Test Systems Sustainment Program Manager and Base Civil Engineer.  He is a native of Hudson Massachusetts.


1983 Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, New England College, Henniker, NH
1988 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
1988 Master of Science degree in Systems Management, University of Southern California
1995 Air Command and Staff College


  1. Sep 1983 - Jul 1987, Civil Engineer/Environmental Coordinator, 22nd Civil Engineering Squadron, March AFB, CA
  2. Aug 1987 - Jul 1990, Chief, Engineering Design Branch and Chief, Military Family Housing Branch, 3rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines
  3. Aug 1990 - Oct 1993, Chief of Requirements, and Chief of Operations, 653rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Robins AFB, GA
  4. Nov 1993 - Jun 1995, HQ AFMC Construction Liaison Officer, F-15 Systems Program Office, Robins AFB, GA
  5. Jul 1995 - Jul 1997, Operations Flt Commander, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
  6. Jul 1997 - May 2000, Readiness / Environmental Staff Officer, HQ Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA
  7. May 2000 - Jul 2003, Base Civil Engineer, Facilities Division, Arnold AFB, TN
  8. Jul 2003 - Jul 2006, Program/Project Manager, 704 Civil Engineer Squadron, Arnold AFB, TN
  9. Jul 2006 - Dec 2009, Programs Flight Chief, 704 Civil Engineer Squadron, Arnold AFB, TN
  10. Jan 2010 - Jan 2013, Program Manager:  Hypersonic Propulsion Test Capability, 650 Test Systems Squadron, Arnold AFB, TN
  11. Feb 2013 - Present, Base Civil Engineer, Arnold AFB, TN