The Air Force Research Laboratory is a global technical enterprise, boasting some of the best and brightest leaders in the world. We are Revolutionary, Relevant, and Responsive to the Warfighter. We defend America by unleashing the unconquerable power of scientific and technical innovation. Our mission is leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force.
Air Force Research Laboratory commander, Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, will retire following 35 years of active duty service to the U.S. Air Force. Leading the command for nearly three years, Masiello championed game-changing technologies such as hypersonics, directed-energy weapons, and autonomy. He has been responsible for managing a $2.1 billion Air Force science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development.
Masiello is an Iraq war veteran and test pilot of numerous aircraft, including the F-111, F-15, and F-16. He has also been the Director of the Munitions Directorate at AFRL, Wing Commander of a classified unit, the Command Inspector General for Air Force Materiel Command, and most recently Director of Special Programs within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Under Masiello's leadership, AFRL recently received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for the time period June 1, 2013-May 31, 2015.
Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., who currently serves as vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, will take over as AFRL commander in May. McMurry has served in a variety of engineering, program management, and staff duties within Air Combat Command, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command and the Missile Defense Agency. He commanded the 508th Aircraft Sustainment Group, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Airborne Laser Systems Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
The AFRL Change of Command ceremony and Maj. Gen. Masiello's retirement ceremony will be held May 13 at 10 a.m. in the Modern Flight Hangar of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
AFRL Inspire is a series of talks which seeks to energize and motivate the current and next generation of Air Force scientists and engineers. Inspired by the popular TED Talks series, AFRL Inspire consists of presentations by AFRL researchers who have made important discoveries, solved complex technical challenges, developed new USAF capabilities, and directly impacted the safety and mission success of the warfighter.
Videos of the talks from the Oct. 28, 2015 inaugural event are available for viewing at the Team AFRL Channel on YouTube.