OC-ALC welcomes new EN director

by Brandice J. Armstrong
Tinker Public Affairs

7/16/2010 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The new Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Engineering and Technical Management director has several not-so secret weapons up his sleeve.

Armed with a wealth of engineering intellect and 24 years experience, David Robertson's background is varied, which he said, is a great strength and has prepared him well for this challenge.

Appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June, he has knowledge of Oklahoma and Tinker. Mr. Robertson also has engineering and technical management experience at four Air Force Materiel Command centers, including the OC-ALC.

"My biggest asset is a diverse science and engineering background," Mr. Robertson said. "By holding positions at air logistics, product and test centers, it has broadened my experience base and provided valuable exposure to other ways of resolving technical issues and approaching policy development."

Prior to arriving at Tinker in June, Mr. Robertson served as the technical director of Engineering and Acquisition Excellence Directorate at the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He also served four assignments at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; four assignments at the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and one assignment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

"I've experienced the different communities within AFMC and so, I've been on the other side of the fence," Mr. Robertson said. "I know their arguments and their constraints and the different ways communities resolve technical issues or attack a policy issue."

Mr. Robertson said he is an advocate of moving around to gain experience, which could have begun with his childhood. Mr. Robertson said his father, an employee of the Santa Fe railroad, frequently moved the family. When the family lived in Oklahoma, Mr. Robertson attended Orvis Risner Elementary School in Edmond, and has sisters who live in the Oklahoma City metro.

Or, it could have begun after Mr. Robertson earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree from the California State University at Fresno.

Through his Air Force career, Mr. Robertson said he's lived in five geographical locations and worked at four Air Force bases.

"That doesn't necessarily mean one should have to leave a center, but even if you are going to stay, you should be moving around within the center to gain experience in all of the different business areas," Mr. Robertson said.

Now settled at Tinker, Mr. Robertson said his goal is to uphold the directorate's mission statement - to "lead Team Tinker in sustaining war-winning capabilities through engineering and technical policies, processes, tools and work force management."

To achieve the objective, he said he will follow the on-going efforts defined for 2010 and make necessary tweaks to plan to meet the center's 2011 strategic goals.

Team Tinker is already behind Mr. Robertson, waiting for him to succeed.

"He is an excellent addition to Team Tinker and we are fortunate to have him as our center director of Engineering," said John Over, OC-ALC executive director. "Mr. Robertson has demonstrated leadership at multiple levels and across a broad range of Air Force engineering assignments and brings to us a deep understanding of sustainment engineering along with a development and test engineering perspective."