Major General Dwyer Dennis and Colonel Chris Coombs join Dayton Aerospace board of directors

December 27th, 2018|NEWS: SME Insight|
(U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

New and transitioning board members

Dwyer Dennis

Major General Dwyer Dennis, USAF (Ret)

Chris Coombs

Colonel Chris Coombs, USAF (Ret)

C.D. Moore

Lieutenant General C.D. Moore, USAF (Ret)

Wayne Johnson

Colonel Wayne Johnson, USAF (Ret)

Lt Gen C.D. Moore and Col Wayne Johnson transition to associate status.

Dayton Aerospace is pleased to announce that Major General Dwyer Dennis, USAF (retired), has accepted the position of executive vice president and board member and Colonel Chris Coombs, USAF (retired) has been appointed to the firm’s board of directors. Effective 1 January 2019, Dennis and Coombs will fill board roles vacated by Lieutenant General C.D. Moore and Colonel Wayne Johnson, both retired USAF.

As company partners, Dennis and Coombs will assist the president, Jim Ratti, in shaping the overall strategic direction of the firm. Dennis will also provide Dayton Aerospace customers with unique senior executive advisory, acquisition program analyses, and life cycle product support services. Coombs, who joined the company in 2016 as a senior associate, will also serve as the company’s chief information officer (CIO) and will continue to provide acquisition-related consulting support to government and industry clients.

Gen Dennis retired as program executive officer (PEO) for C31 and networks, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hanscom Air Force Base. In this role, he was responsible for acquisition execution of a $10.9B portfolio developing, deploying and sustaining USAF, joint and coalition cyberspace, networks, cryptologic and data link systems to enable decisive combat operations. During his 35-year career, he also served as the director of global reach programs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, AFLCMC PEO for fighters and bombers and director of the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Requirements Directorate at Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).

Col Coombs retired as the system program manager (SPM) for the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, where he directed the KC-46 team through the program’s aerial refueling restructure and provided frequent program updates to USAF senior leaders and Capitol Hill Staff Committee members. As the SPM, MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper, he architected and guided MQ-9 Reaper through program normalization and defended and won delegation of program from ACAT 1D to ACAT 1C. Since USAF retirement, he has consulted on dozens of projects from supporting industry proposals for major defense systems to participating in product support business case analyses (PS BCAs).

Moore is vacating the Dayton Aerospace EVP role to become chief operating officer (COO) of Caliburn International—but will remain a Dayton Aerospace associate. Caliburn is a global services company providing humanitarian, medical, engineering, construction and stability/security services in over 30 countries. Johnson is entering semi-retirement. As an associate, he will still be available to support client projects.

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