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Dawn McGarvey-Buchwalder
GS-15, DAF (Ret)

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Dawn McGarvey-Buchwalder

Summary Qualifications

Former senior U.S. Air Force (USAF) engineer with over 30 years of experience working with every USAF-owned platform across all phases of life-cycle acquisition, ultimately culminating in assignment as Branch Chief for the USAF Airworthiness Office, Engineering Directorate. Nationally recognized for specialized expertise in airworthiness, systems engineering, human systems integration, and crew systems. Partnered extensively with the U.S. Army (USA), Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) engineering, logistic, and research organizations. Collaborated with national and international military, governments, and commercial offices to enhance relationships and data exchange and optimize the delivered products for the user.

Key Specialties

  • Airworthiness

  • Pilot Systems

  • Technical Engineering Management

  • Human Systems Integration

Key Positions

  • Branch Chief/Technical Advisor, USAF Airworthiness Office Engineering Directorate

  • Chief, Flight Systems Engineering, Pilot Systems Lead, F-35 Program Office

  • Lead for Life Support Systems (LSS) and Pilot Flight Equipment (PFE), F-35 Program Office

  • Life Support System IPT Lead, F-22 Program Office


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton

  • MS, Computer Science, University of Dayton

  • Air War College