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Richard T. Aldridge, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems and Director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama. The BES portfolio is comprised of more than 150 programs, 2,300 military, civil service and contractor support personnel located at four bases throughout the United States with total funding of $1.025 billion. The organization acquires, operates and sustains operational support information technology systems for the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Aldridge, a native of Millbrook, Alabama, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1988. He served as a satellite engineer, systems engineer, program manager, and professional military educator in the active duty and Reserve components of the Air Force before entering civil service in 2006. He continues to serve as an Air Force Reserve colonel with the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Engineering Directorate, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Prior to arriving at BES, Mr. Aldridge was the Executive Director of the Air Force Network Integration Center, Scott AFB, Illinois. The center, as a direct reporting unit to Air Force Space Command, provided program offices with network design, software evaluation, performance analysis, and architecture development services. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Aldridge was a member of the 2012 Cohort of the Defense Senior Leadership Development Program, which included attendance at the U.S. Army War College and a career-broadening joint tour at U.S. Transportation Command.



MISSION: Operate. Integrate. Innovate.

Business and Enterprise Systems is the Information Technology leader for the Air Force community and DoD, delivering comprehensive IT solutions and providing expert contracting, acquisition and program management support. BES acquires, operates, sustains and enables enterprise IT capabilities while bolstering the modernization of the infrastructure to support the warfighter across the combat and mission support spectrum.


  • 2,200+ people across four states (AL, TX, UT, OH,)
  • Annual Portfolio Value: $801M (FY15)
  • 161 Mission, Combat Support, Logistics & Infrastructure Programs
  • Delivers innovative IT solutions for the benefits of the warfighter
  • Provides a robust, globally interconnected network environment where timely data is shared seamlessly among users, applications and platforms
  • Supports the Air Force Network Operations (AFNetOps) goal of promoting net-centricity             


Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate