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Air Force: US Senate confirms Indian-American flight test engineer as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force – Usky News

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washington: The executive committee Indian-American flight test engineer confirmed Ravi Chowdhary One of the top civilian leadership positions at the Pentagon, as Assistant Secretary of Defense for the US Air Force.
The Senate voted 65-29 on Wednesday to confirm the former Air Force officer’s nomination, with more than a dozen votes cast by the opposition Republican Party.
Chowdhary previously served as a senior executive US Department of Transportation Where he was director of Advanced Programs and Innovation, Office of Commercial Space at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
He was responsible for the execution of advanced development and research programs in support of the FAA’s commercial space transportation missions. While at the Department of Transportation, he also served as executive director of regions and center operations, where he oversaw the integration and support of aviation operations in nine regions.
During his service in the US Air Force from 1993 to 2015, Chaudhry completed a variety of operational, engineering, and senior staff assignments.
As a C-17 pilot, he conducted global flight operations, including multiple combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as ground deployments in Iraq as director of the Personnel Recovery Center in the Multi-National Corps.
As flight test engineer, he was responsible for flight certification of military avionics and hardware for the force’s modernization programs supporting flight safety.
Earlier in his career, he supported space launch operations for the Global Positioning System (GPS) and led third stage and flight safety activities to ensure the full operational capability of the first GPS group.
As a systems engineer, Chaudhary supported NASA’s International Space Station security activities to ensure the safety of NASA astronauts.
He also served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama administration.
In this role, he advised the President on efforts by the executive branch to improve veterans’ support for the AAPI community.
Chowdhary holds a doctorate from Georgetown University DLS Program specializing in executive leadership and innovation, an MS in industrial engineering from St. Mary’s University as a NASA graduate fellow, an MA in operational arts and military science from the Air University, and a BS in aeronautics. Engineering from the US Air Force Academy.
He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and holds Department of Defense Acquisition certifications in Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Systems Engineering.


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