MR. NEIL B. ERNO

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Neil B. Erno is the Director of the Air Force Metrology and Calibration Program located in Heath Ohio. He is responsible for the development and sustainment of the Air Force precision measurement capabilities ensuring the accuracy of air and space system performance through proper calibration. His responsibilities include validation of measurement standards, requirements generation, along with the acquisition and sustainment of Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE). He certifies 66 Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMEL) worldwide through an inspection process managed with the unit under the auspices of MAJCOM inspector generals. Erno oversees the development and sustainment of 6, 500 technical orders ensuring the proper calibration of 600,000 TMDE items. He manages metrology research in partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Army, Navy and Marine Corps metrology centers, to develop, apply and employ new, internationally recognized metrology standards.

Previously, Erno was the Logistics Branch chief for Simulators Division and Product Support Manager (PSM) for F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC).  In this role, he provided logistics advice and guidance to the division chief and 33 logisticians providing support to 46 simulator programs supporting aircrew and maintainer training and certification worldwide.  While assigned to the Mobility Directorate, he served as the PSM for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measure (LAIRCM) system across a wide variety of C-5, C-17, C-130, CV-22 aircraft for USAF, USN, and non-DoD agencies.  In this capacity, he is user interface with the original equipment manufacturer and responsible for USAF sustainment, joint depot activation, spares procurement/management, depot repairs, system reliability and maintainability plus deficiency reporting.  Erno served as the Security Assistance Program Manager (SAPM) for the first-ever C-130J foreign military sales case.  He led the $519M C-130J system sale to the Royal Norwegian Air Force managing the delivery of four aircraft and necessary support on an accelerated delivery schedule.  He led the team to successfully deliver the first aircraft, including spares, technical orders, and support equipment in just 18 months after program approval on-time and under budget.  In 2005, he assumed the duties of the Chief of Logistics at Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) responsible for implementing all aspects of a logistics program including drafting appropriate AFRL logistics instructions and revising AFMC supply instructions for the AFRL Logistics Material Control Activity, implementing a compliant tool control program.  Additionally, he was responsible for re-building the Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) program, program champion for an automated technical order management system and conducting logistics inspections on behalf of the AFRL Inspector General.  Additionally, Erno served in a variety of logistics positions while on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years in operational, test, and depot units at the squadron, group, and MAJCOM level retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

 

EDUCATION

1983 Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, Lake Superior State University

1989 Squadron Officers School

1993 Master of Science in Systems Management, University of Southern California

1997 Air Command and Staff College

2001 Air War College

 

 

CAREER CHRONOLOGY

1.  August 2016 - Present, Director, AF Metrology and Calibration Program, Heath, Ohio
2. 
August 2012 – August 2016, Logistics Branch Chief, Simulator Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,  Ohio
3. 
May 2009 – August 2012, Product Support Manager, Aircraft Survivability Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 
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August 2007 – May 2009, Program Manager Norwegian C-130J, 657th AESS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
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January 2005 – August 2007, Chief of Logistics, HQ Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
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March 2002 – September 2004, Chief C-17 Logistics Support, C-17 System Program Office, ASC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
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September 2004 – January 2005, Strategic Planner, Aging Aircraft System Program Office, LOGTEC, Beavercreek, Ohio
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July 2001 – March 2002, Logistics Inspections Chief, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
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July 1997 – June 2001, various logistics staff positions including commander 412th Test Squadron and Deputy Operations Group Commander for Maintenance, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
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July 1994 – June 1997, Production Chief 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron and Chief of Operations and Deployment Branch, Peace Sun IX Program, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
11. 
April 1990 – June 1994, Fighter Maintenance Supervisor and Logistics Test Lead for MC-130H and AC-130U, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
12. 
April 1988 – April 1990, Various flight line and staff functions, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan
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April 1985 – April 1988, Various flight line and staff functions, 366th Logistics Group, Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2015 – ACS Directorate LG Director’s Award 2014 – Training Product Support Group, Manager of the Year

2008 – AFMC Foreign Military Sales Team of the Year

2008 – 516th Wing Civilian of the Quarter

2007 – Civilian Achievement Medal

2006 – HQ AFRL Manager of the Quarter

2006 – AFMC IG “Outstanding Performer” Team Member AFRL UCI

2005 – AFMC IG “Outstanding Performer” Team Member ASC UCI

2003 – Led C-17 sustainment team to a national SOLE “Integrated Logistics Support” award

2001 – Squadron earned “Best in Command” recognition from HQ AFMC IG team

1993 – Distinguished Company Grade Officer of the Year for AFMC

 

PROFESSIONAL/TRAINING CERTIFICATIONS

Acquisition Professional Development Programs (APDP):

            Level III Acquisition Logistics

            Level III Program Management

            Level I Test and Evaluation

Federal Executive Institute Civilian Leadership Course – 2011

 

(Current as of October 2016)