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MR. GARY S. WOLLAM

Mr. Gary S. Wollam is the Director of the 704th Test Group’s Aerospace Survivability and Safety Office (704 TG/OL-AC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 704 TG/OL-AC is an operating location (OL) that is part of the 704th Test Group, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico and the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. The 704 TG/OL-AC supports DoD acquisition and sustainment requirements through world-class capabilities for aircraft survivability and landing gear systems RDT&E, enabling more survivable and safer operations of warfighter aircraft. As Director, Mr. Wollam overseas the day-to-day operations of a geographically separated unit consisting of over 80 civilian and contractor personnel and several survivability and landing gear test facilities.

Mr. Wollam’s career began in 1984 when he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and he has since held a myriad of engineering and management assignments on various aircraft, space, and weapon system acquisition programs. His experience includes multiple laboratory, test, program office and staff assignments at several different product centers as well as staff assignments at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. Mr. Wollam's leadership, supervisory, engineering and management experience range from small administrative teams to larger RDT&E projects and organizations. His technical knowledge and skills encompass detailed engineering analyses, research and development, software and simulation development, integration and test, and systems engineering. His experience further involves working and supporting various joint service programs and initiatives.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

1984 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Ohio State University

1993 Master of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida

2012 Air Force Civilian Leadership Course

2012 Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program II

2012 Air War College, Air University2013 Executive Development Seminar, Leading Change, Office of Personnel Management

2015 Excellence in Government Program, Partnership for Public Service

ASSIGNMENTS
1. 1984 – 1989, Group Leader and Propulsion Engineer, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB OH

2. 1989 – 1992, Program Manager and Project Engineer, Wright-Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB FL

3. 1992 – 1993, Systems Engineering Manager, Aeronautical Systems Center, Eglin AFB FL

4. 1993 – 1994, Lead Integration and Test Engineer, Aeronautical Systems Center, Eglin AFB FL

5. 1994 – 1995, Commander, Headquarters Squadron Section, Aeronautical Systems Center, Eglin AFB FL

6. 1995 – 1996, Deputy Chief, Systems Engineering & Controls Div., Space & Missile Center, Los Angeles AFB CA

7. 1997 – 1998, Test Engineer, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River NAS MD

8. 1998 – 2001, Lead Test Engineer, 40th Flight Test Squadron, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB FL

9. 2001 – 2004, Chief, Strategic Initiatives and Plans & Programs Engineer, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB FL

10. 2004 – 2007, Chief, Strategic Plans Division, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB FL

11. 2007 – 2009, Chief, Strategic Requirements, 46th Test Wing, Eglin AFB FL

12. 2009 – 2009, Chief, Strategic Planning Division, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB FL

13. 2009 – 2012, Senior Test Manager, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB OH

14. 2012 – 2014, Senior Test Manager, Headquarters Air Force Test Center (Op-Loc), Wright-Patterson AFB OH

15. 2014 – Present, Director, 704th Test Group Aerospace Survivability and Safety Office, Wright-Patterson AFB OH

AWARDS AND HONORS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Exemplary Civilian Service Awards (2)
Richard C. Abrams Flight Test Engineering Award

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Level III APDP Certified DoD Acquisition Professional in 4 Functional Areas: 1) Test and Evaluation, 2) Engineering, 3) Science & Technology Management, and 4) Program Management.

(Current as of 27 Jul 2021)