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Col COLONEL JOHN KURIAN

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Colonel John Kurian is the Senior Materiel Leader, Simulators Division. In this role, he leads a 500+ member team, executes a $5.8B portfolio, and is responsible for developing and maintaining 60+ simulator and training systems for ACC, AMC, AETC, AFSOC, AFGSC, and multiple FMS partner nations.

Col Kurian received his commission from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1998. He’s had program office tours at the National Reconnaissance Office, E-8C Modernization, JSTARS Recap and B-21; served in staff positions at Air Force Personnel Center and Air Force Materiel Command; supported the National Security Agency mission; deployed for Operation Inherent Resolve.  

Col Kurian and his wife Twinkle have four children, Abigail, Elizabeth, Caleb, and Tabitha. 


EDUCATION
1998 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
2003 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2005 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2011 Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, Washington D.C
2014 Program Manager’s Course, Fort Belvoir, VA
2014 Executive Program Manager’s Course, Ft Belvoir, VA
2015 Air War College, by correspondence
2017 Joint Inspector General Course 

ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1998 – August 2001, System Acquisitions Program Officer, Plans and Program Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, NE
2. August 2001 – March 2003, Student, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
3. March 2003 – May 2005, Senior Radar Engineer, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
4. May 2005 – January 2006, Executive Officer to Executive Director, Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
5. January 2006 – July 2008, Deputy Chief, Data Acquisition and Information Technology Division, Special United States Liaison Advisor, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea
6. July 2008 – June 2009, Engineer Assignment Officer, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
7. June 2009 – August 2010, Executive Officer to Director of Assignments, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
8. August 2010 – August 2011, Student PME, National Defense Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington D.C
9. August 2011 – August 2012, Chief, NRO Architecture Management Branch, System Engineering Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA
10. August 2012 – July 2013, Chief, C4ISR Requirements Development Branch, System Engineering Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA
11. July 2013 – September 2014, Materiel Leader, E-8 Modernization Program Manager, C4ISR Division, Battle Management Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA
12. September 2014 – July 2016, Materiel Leader, JSTARS Recap Mission Systems Program Manager, JSTARS Recap Division, Battle Management Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, MA 
13. July 2016 – June2017, Chief, Senior Leader Management Office, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
14. August 2017 – April 2018, Director, External Oversight / Internal Review, Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq/Kuwait
15. April 2018 – June 2019, PM, B-21 Kill Chain IPT, Fighter Bomber Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
16. June 2019 – March 2020, Deputy Chief, F-35A Fleet Management Office, Plans and Programs Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
17. March 2020 – Present, Senior Materiel Leader, Simulators Division, Agile Combat Support Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2013 National Reconnaissance Office Meritorious Service Medal
2008 Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award
2003 Association of Old Crows Academic Research (Electronic Warfare) Award
2000 Armed Force Communications & Electronics Association CGOY/Western U.S
1998 Illinois Institute of Technology Student Laureate 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June13, 1998
Frist Lieutenant June 13, 2000
Captain June 13, 2002
Major March 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel August 1, 2013
Colonel September 1, 2019