Bruce A. Litchfield
Lt Gen (ret) Bruce A. Litchfield, USAF is vice president for sustainment operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. In this capacity, he is responsible for the execution and strategic growth of the aeronautics global sustainment business. He also directs operations in Greenville, South Carolina and Montreal, Canada, in addition to Aeronautics Field Team Operations worldwide. He leads a global team dedicated to providing mission readiness support to the U.S. military and allies around the world. Previously, Lt Gen Litchfield served as vice president for production program support for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he was responsible for leading the functional management of production programs across multiple geographic sites. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Lt Gen Litchfield served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant General. He commanded six Air Force units at every level from squadron to standing up, and commanding the Air Force Sustainment Center. Additionally, he is the architect of an innovative leadership and governance system called “Art of the Possible.” Throughout his U.S. Air Force career, Lt Gen Litchfield held numerous positions in the areas of operational support, acquisition, and logistics. He was the director of logistics for Pacific Air Forces and a major Joint Task Force. His staff assignments included tours at three Major Commands (MAJCOMs), the Air Staff, and Joint Staff levels. In addition, Lt Gen Litchfield served as the vice commander and deputy program executive officer for Aeronautical Systems Command, where he held program execution responsibilities. The vast portfolio of programs crossed the fighter, bomber, mobility, and training system spectrum. He is certified as a level III program manager in the Department of Defense Acquisition Professional Development Program. Lt Gen Litchfield holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and master’s degrees in administration from Georgia College, and national strategy from the Naval War College.
Ozden O. Ochoa
Dr. Ozden Ochoa is Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and a member of the Air Force Studies Board. Dr. Ochoa most recently served as the associate director for Science & Technology at the Army Research Laboratory from 2011-2014. She holds the distinction of professor emerita after 31 years of service at Texas A&M University and continues her research programs as TEES Research Professor in the Department of Mechancial Engineering. Dr. Ochoa was the interim director of Aerospace Sciences and Materials Directorate at U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) from 2005-2006. She actively conducted research and established focus areas in composites as the senior technologist (Composites-ST) at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 2003-2005. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Ochoa was an advisor to the NATO Science for Peace Project working with a team of Canadian, Russina, Belarusian, and Ukrainian scientists and engineers. As a program manager at AFOSR from 1997-1999, she developed the portfolio for Mechanics of Composites as a fundamental research area. Dr. Ochoa spent a year in 1986 at Bell Helicopter Textron to implement fracture mechanics of composites into design and development of helicopter blades. Her on-campus leadership at Texas A&M University includes service as associate dean of Graduate Studies and Thrust Area Lead for Composite Structure and Materials at the NSF TAMU-UT Offshore Technology Research Center. Dr. Ochoa’s research in computational and experimental mechanics of composites in aerospace, offshore, automotive, and medical applications has taken her around the world delivering invited lectures including Europe, Australia, Asia-Pacifics, Africa, Middle East, and the Americas. Her research contributions in mechanics of composite materials and structures with applications in the aerospace, offshore, and automotive industries have culminated in over 200 journal and proceeding publications, technical reports, and one book. As service to the scientific community, Dr. Ochoa consisently takes on leadership roles to enhance educational and professional growth of scientists and engineers. She completed a two-year term (2011-2013) as the president of the Executive Council of the International Committee for Composite Materials. Earlier, she served as the president of the American Society for Composites from 2006 to 2007 and on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 2004 to 2007. Among her many honors are 2012 ASTM D30 Wayne Stinchcomb Memorial Award, 2005 American Society for Composites-Destech Award in Composites; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedicated Service Award; Texas A&M University International Excellence Award; and the Texas A&M University Honors Program Teacher/Scholar Award and International Excellance Award. In 1997, she was named to the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. She was recognized in 2003 as a Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering Fellow. Dr. Ochoa also devotes time to advance the appreciation of arts as a board member on Embassy Series-Washington, DC; a member of National Museum of Women in the Arts -Texas State Committee; a member of Founders’ Circle of Festival Hill; TAMU Opera and Performing Arts Society, Brazos Valley Arts Council; and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and many other performing art groups and museums in Texas and DC. Dr. Ochoa holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University (Robert College) in Turkey, and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, both from Texas A&M University.
Christina L. Truesdale
Ms. Christina L. Truesdale is Senior Logistics Operations Manager for KBR Wyle, Inc., where she manages multiple storerooms and warehouses for Ironsmoke Operations. She is responsible for all aspects of government property management that includes the planning and execution of all logistics support for the organization. She serves as the focal point for all logistics matters by coordinating with internal and external organizations and supervises acquisition, warehouse personnel, property management office, transportation, maintenance, and support operations and oversees the operating system, Sunflower, management of data entry, requisitiions supplies and equipment, processes change documents and maintains all associated files. Previously, Ms. Truesdale worked as property manager at Textron Corporations, where she managed over 30 contracts and provided guidance in managing over $700 million in government property and oversaw operations in four separate geographic locations. Ms. Truesdale began her career in logistics in 1989-1994 with the Maryland Army National Guard, and 1994-2014 with the United States Army where she provided support to numerous operating units both stateside and overseas. She received her B.A. in criminal justice with a minor in logistics from Wayland Baptist University and a M.A. in performance improvement from Grantham University. Ms. Truesdale holds the title Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM) Consulting Fellow (CF) with the National Property Management Association (NPMA).
Angela L. Tymofichuk
Ms. Angela L. Tymofichuk is vice president for Science, Technology and Research at Logistics Specialities, Inc., where she specializes in research and development commercialization, business and economic development, and sponsored research/grants with specific interest in dual-use technologies. Previously as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), she served as the Director of Engineering and Technical Management at the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Tinker Air Force Base, OK, where she was respnsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the Center’s technical policies, processes, databases, and goals and standards, as well as the overall scientific and engineering expertise for the AFSC. Her technical workforce consisted of more than 4,500 science and engineering professionals spanning three states and covering diverse workload portfolios spanning aircraft structures and composites through software development. Ms. Tymofichuk has successfully led the development and implementation of numerous science and technology programs resulting in innovative research, testing and evaluation assessments, strategic directives, partnerships, teaming arrangements, and technology transitions/commercialization. She is the military liaison for the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) and recently served as innovation lead on the survey of Utah’s carbon composites cluster, identifying, engaging, and interviewing 58 of Utah’s composite industries. Ms. Tymofichuk received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from Northern Kentucky University, her M.S. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, and a M.S. in national resource management, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
VADM (ret) David J. Venlet, USN consults independently in aerospace and defense. He serves as an outside director with Chemring Group, Inc. and is chairman of the audit committee. VADM (ret) Venlet is a member of the Defense Business Board advising the Secretary of Defense and served as chairman of the Defense Acquisition University’s Board of Visitors. He delivers value creating insight and strategy options for clients drawing upon his record of results in stabilizing performance and restoring trust in the largest and most complex defense procurement program. He managed the $390 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Brought in by the Secretary of Defense to lead the program when it was facing possible cancellation by Congress, he worked alongside a committeed joint government and industry team that stablized performance in test and production. With transparency and realism in high-risk communications, he restored trust in the program by the United States and numerous partner nations. Previously, he led a 24,000 person $30 billion organization, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), providng engineering, test, logistics, contracting, financial and program management support for Department of the Navy aviation acquisition. NAVAIR provided sustainment for over 3,000 aircraft and unmanned vehicles, enabling global aviation operatins by the Navy and Marine Corps. VADM Venlet served ten years as a flag officer with 22 years in acquisition management following fleet operations as an F-14 Tomcat pilot. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.