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May Dinner Meeting

May 7th, 2015
Social 6:30 pm; Meal & Program 
7:00 pm

This program will be held next month.

Col. James (Jim) T.Putnam, USAF (Retired) 

Aeronautical History of Aviation 

Putnam is Vice President of Gerrity Chapter 215 Air Force Association and President of Chapter 24 OKC Experimental Aircraft Association. Jim served over 27 years in the Air Force as a munitions and aircraft maintenance officer and major acquisition program manager. His experience included a wide variety of tactical aircraft weapons systems. He retired as the host base Inspector General for Tinker Air Force Base and the 22,000 military and employees in the Air Logistics Center and the five wings hosted on base. He commanded maintenance squadrons four times, was a deputy group commander and twice took his squadron to win the Best in TAC and finished his career by winning the Lt General Flynn Award for the best Inspector General Office in Air Force Material Command. Jim served in 26 different positions at 12 airbases, including three overseas tours.  He has led a wide variety of organizations from shop, branch, squadron, group, senior academic instructor, to division chief in two Air Logistics Centers.

Jim then pursued a 14 year career with the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He worked with the F-18, a classified radar project, direct support of a Navy Test Squadron, and spent the majority of his time working on the B-2 Stealth Bomber program. Jim has a BS in Engineering from the USAF Academy, and a Master's in Aviation Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College and of the Defense Systems Management University. He holds Department of Defense certifications.  Jim has been married over 40 years and has two sons; a C-17 captain aircraft commander in the Air Force, and an industrial safety engineer for the State of Oklahoma. He enjoys flying his private aircraft, water sports, hunting, shooting, travel and military history.

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