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NORMAN METZGER - DIRECTOR, ARCHITECTURE AND INTEGRATION

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.

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.

CENTER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leads planning for the development efforts with support from other AFLCMC directorates
  • Primary representative to AF capability development process and Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC) 
  • Standard process owner for CD activities 
  • Facilities AF-level technology transition
  • Works with PEOs, labs  and other stakeholders to effect war-winning capabilities 

MISSION AND VISION

MISSION: Connection, Inform, Deliver

VISION: Be the trusted, professional, business and technical reference for multi-domain development and integration activities for systems acquisition and emerging technology proliferation. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

AFLCMC Public Affairs
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
AFLCMC.PA.MediaTeam@us.af.mil