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Jacqueline S. Janning-Lask, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management Services, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate ensures America's air, space, and cyber forces have superior Air Force intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision engagement, and electronic warfare systems capabilities by developing, demonstrating and transitioning advanced sensors and sensing technologies. The directorate’s primary areas of technology investment include radio frequency sensing; net-centric spectrum warfare; electro-optical sensors and countermeasures; automatic target recognition; performance based sensing; and electronic devices. Ms. Janning-Lask oversees an annual budget of more than $900 million, and directs the activities of approximately 1,200 scientists, engineers, and support.

Ms. Janning-Lask began her federal service in the Aeronautical Systems Division’s Engineering Directorate in 1988 as a systems engineer. She has held numerous management and technical positions within the Air Force Research Laboratory, and acquisition communities. She most recently served as Chief, Science & Technology Management Division, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Science, Technology & Engineering) at the Pentagon.



Colonel Nicole K. Ruff-LehmanColonel Nicole K. Ruff-Lehman is currently assigned as the Military Deputy, Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is responsible for identifying, applying and scaling world-class technologies at the speed of relevance to the Air Force sustainment enterprise, with the goals of increasing mission readiness and reducing life cycle costs. The key focus areas include:  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Advanced Manufacturing; Automation and Robotics; Data and Digital Environments; Augmented and Virtual Reality; and, Rapid and Austere Maintenance Environments.  Her previous assignment was student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 

Colonel Ruff-Lehman received her commission from the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program in May 2003 as a Distinguished Graduate.  Her primary Air Force Specialty Code is Acquisition with a secondary in Aircraft Maintenance. She has held various positions in both career fields to include Acquisition Program Manager, Logistics Manager, Maintenance Operations Officer, and Acting Maintenance Operations Squadron Commander.  Additionally, she has served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, and Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. 



Speaker Natalie JohnsonNatalie Johnson is a co-founder of ViDL Solutions. She serves as the company’s Chief Visionary Officer and oversees business development, strategy and innovation. Additionally, she works directly with clients, providing consulting, training and coaching services. 

Natalie has a master's degree in wellness promotion, has worked extensively in the fields of individual and team performance and has 30 years of experience teaching, training, coaching and consulting. She is an industry-recognized Performance Coach, a sough-after keynote speaker, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and a certified coach with the Wellcoaches™ organization. Natalie has worked with numerous large, global organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and Deloitte as well as with the United States Airforce and Department of Defense. 

Natalie is known for her engaging and high-energy personality, her approachable style, and for her ability to help people align their choices with their purpose and values. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her two active teenage boys and her husband, a law enforcement officer.



Learn more about these exceptional women:

Ms. Melissa Kennedy - Hanscom AFB
  • Recipient of the 2020 Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award
  • Contracting officer on three simultaneous competitive service acquisitions 
  • Seamless execution of All Domain Common Platform at Kessel Run 
Ms. Abbigail Pogorzelski - Tinker AFB
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Program Manager (ACAT I) for 2019 Award
  • Implemented a rapid prototyping strategy for replacing the engines on the B-52 fleet ​
Lt Col Jacqlyn Combs - Air Force Civilian (AFSAC) and U.S. Army National Guardsman 
  • Activated to support COVID-19 relief, managing logistics and supply of critical PPE 
Ms. Donna Back - SES (retired)  
  • Conference room to be named in her honor
  • Donna Back Leadership Award named in her honor
  • Will discuss significant contributions by women to the acquisition field

Event Emcees:

Consuelo Mack, PM
EPASS - Engineering, Professional, and Administrative Support Services and COR – Contracting Office Representative
Chief COR (F-16 Office)

TSgt Jonathan Graham III - Equal Opportunity Specialist
AFMC 88th ABW 


Information and materials below will be helpful during the live (on-demand) presentations:

Natalie Johnson:
Natalie Johnson will discuss the importance of focusing on well-being to be a better leader. Through her program, she will detail multiple strategies that you may incorporate into your average work days to help you excel while supporting your team. Natalie's program will examine elements of purpose, passion, relationships, and vision that contribute to well-being at work and in life. This means taking a look at the importance of prioritizing, identifying core values to help with decision-making and addressing physical, emotional and mental energy to be your best. Col. Nicole Ruff-Lehman:​
Colonel Nicole Ruff-Lehman will discuss her upbringing and how it has shaped her career. She will also explain how diversity and inclusion means everyone gets to have a voice and seat at the table. Embracing diversity and inclusion means a stronger Air Force by attracting top talent from all parts of the country. Col. Ruff-Lehman will touch on leadership traits that help build dynamic teams.

Ms. Stella Abraham - "An Extraordinary Century For Women


AFLCMC Celebration of the Workforce – Women Achieving Acquisition Excellence Event
Email: aflcmc.dpd.organizational@us.af.mil