AFRL has a new executive director

Air Force Research Laboratory has named a new top civilian leader, completing a new lineup of its top three leaders.

Jack Blackhurst, director of the Plans and Programs Directorate and director of the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate, has been named executive director of AFRL, the base announced. Blackhurst is a prominent local name in defense and has been in leadership positions at the prominent Wright-Patterson Air Force Base center for 18 years.

Blackhurst, who has an MA in industrial psychology from Air Force Institute of Technology, was in uniform for 30 years and came to the base to serve his last assignment as chief of AFRL’s Space and Missile Systems Sector. He retired as a Colonel in 2004 and moved to become Technical Adviser, Plans and Programs for AFRL for four years. Read more


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