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NORMAN METZGER

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Norman “RB” Metzger is the Director of the Architecture and Integration Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He leads a multi discipline team to develop, mature, integrate and demonstrate emerging technologies to address the end users’ needs across war fighting domains. The directorate supports all levels of the acquisition enterprise for hardware and software development as well as Modeling, Simulation and Analysis.

Mr. Metzger began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy 23 November 1983. He achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E-6) during his tours as an Avionics In-flight Technician on P-3 anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft accumulating over 2,600 flight hours of crew time over 7 years and three deployments. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in business administration while stationed at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine, he applied and was accepted for pilot training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his “Wings of Gold” on 25 June 1993. He was selected to fly the A-6 Intruder, which sent him to NAS Oceana, Virginia for training and deployment in the last A-6 squadron, VA-75, the Sunday Punchers.  When the squadron decommissioned, he was selected for transition to the FA-18 Hornet, NAS Cecil Field, Florida.  He joined VFA-105, the Gun Slingers, as the weapons and tactics officer, deployed and moved with the squadron back to NAS Oceana. He transferred to Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic where he qualified as an FA-18 instructor pilot in VFA-106, The Gladiators, led the East Coast Flight Demonstration Team and was the wing Aviation Safety Officer assisting in accident investigations and training. He joined VFA-15, The Valions, just prior to deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Department Head. Mr. Metzger was then selected as the Joint Strike Fighter Requirements Officer for Commander Naval Air Forces, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. He retired from Military service in June of 2007 with 24 years of Naval Service. Mr. Metzger continued working with the JSF program office until 2010 in various positions as a contractor, then as a government civilian at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

In 2013 Mr. Metzger transitioned to the Development Planning and Integration Directorate to stand up the Agile Development Office (ADO). As the ADO System Material Leader, he led a team of engineers, program managers, logisticians, contracting and financial specialists in the analysis, demonstration and acquisition of the Next Generation Air Dominance Family of Capabilities.

Mr. Metzger has more than 2000 flying hours in the T-34C, T-2, TA-4, A-6E and FA-18A-D with 529 carrier arrestments, 214 of them at night. He has flown combat missions in operations Decisive Endeavor, Allied Force, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Deliberate Forge, Desert Fox, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

EDUCATION
1983 Dale Carnegie Course, Fort Wayne, Indiana
1985 Avionics Technician training, Naval Air Station Millington, Tennessee
1986 P3-C Inflight Maintenance Technician Course, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
1990 Bachelor of Science Business Administration / Human Resource Management, Magna Cum Laude, New Hampshire College, Brunswick, Maine
1991 Aviation Officer Candidate School, Distinguished Graduate, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
1995 Aviation Electronic Warfare Officer School, Naval Station Dam Neck, Virginia
1996 Weapons and Tactics Officer School, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
2000 Aviation Safety Officers Course, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California
 
ASSIGNMENTS
1. 1984, Basic Training, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois (Honor Graduate)
2. 1985-1987, Student, avionics technician training, Naval Air Station Millington, Tennessee (Honors)
3. 1987-1990, In-flight Technician, CNO project Bear Trap, P-3C Update II, VP-10, Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine
4. 1990-1991, Student Naval Aviator, T-34 Turbo Mentor, primary flight training, VT-6, Naval Air Station Whiting, Florida (Commodores List)
5. 1991-1992, Student Naval Aviator, T-2 Buckeye, intermediate jet flight training, VT-22, and TA-4 Skyhawk, advanced jet training, VT-23, Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas (Outstanding Achievement)
6. 1993-1994, Student, A-6E Intruder Pilot Training, VA-42, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
7. 1994-1997, Attack Pilot, VA-75 Sunday Punchers, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
8. 1997-1998, Student, FA-18C Hornet transition training, VFA-106 Gladiators, Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida
9. 1998-2000, Fighter/Attack Pilot, VFA-105 Gun Slingers, Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida and Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
10. 2000-2002, Flight Demonstration Pilot, Operations Officer and Aviation Safety Officer, Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, Instructor Pilot, FA-18A-D, VFA-106, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
11. 2002-2004, Operations and Maintenance Officer, VFA-15 Valions, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
12. 2004-2007, Joint Strike Fighter Requirements Officer, Commander Naval Air Forces, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
13. 2007-2010, Lead Systems Design Architect, Wyle Laboratories, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, Fighter/Bomber Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
14. 2010-2013, Lead Program Manager, Joint Strike Fighter Life Cycle Support Office, Fighter/Bomber Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
15. 2013-2020 Agile Development Office SML, Development Planning and Integration Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
16. 2020- Director Architecture and Integration Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
Good Conduct Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
NATO Medal
Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award
Arnold J. Isbell Award