Blackhurst, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive
Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio. He is the principal assistant to the commander and the
senior civilian executive responsible for managing the Air Force's $2.5
billion science and technology program along with an additional $2.3
billion of externally funded research and development. He serves a
government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory's
nine component technology directorates and 711th Human Performance Wing.
earned his Air Force commission through ROTC in 1974 and began his
career as a Communications-Electronics Officer assigned to Strategic Air
Command in the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. After
completing his master's degree through the Air Force Institute of
Technology in 1979, he held numerous management positions within the Air
Force personnel and human research communities, including Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering.
Blackhurst retired as a colonel in 2004 before moving to the AFRL as
Director for the Human Effectiveness Directorate, 711th Human
Performance Wing. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in
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