Name: Michael G. Reed
Duty Title: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Digital Directorate, Combatant Command & Control Division, Nuclear Command & Control Systems Branch deputy chief
Hometown: Ottawa, Illinois
Why I Serve? After a full active duty Air Force career, I believed I still had something to contribute; first as a contractor, and now as an Air Force civilian. During a short stint in the civilian corporate sector, I realized I missed the comradery, professionalism, and the Air Force mission, so I decided to return.
Best Air Force memory: One of my best Air Force memories was my only deployment. I went to Iraq in 2011 as the United States was winding down its presence there. I was filling a staff position for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, whose mission was to get solutions for defeating the use of IEDs out to the warfighters who were being hit daily while on convoys. I felt like we were making a difference almost real-time.
How does the nominee contribute to your unit’s mission?
Mike’s experience with the Nuclear Planning and Execution System Recapitalization program along with his diverse background contributes directly to people seeking him out to mentor, develop solutions, and give advice on challenging situations.
He is extremely successful in finding the right people to help develop solutions to the challenges that arise in managing multiple programs in various states of maturity. Our focus and success in delivering the capability that will allow the sunset of the old legacy NPES is directly related to Mike’s involvement.
I can count on Mike to promote teamwork and foster understanding between folks with differing opinions on contentious issues. He was my first choice when I needed to assign a government lead to the first NPES Recap user engagement trip! His ability to identify and foster relationships is critical at this point in the program when we are building momentum towards sunsetting the legacy program. The trip was extremely successful, and set the example for future user engagement sessions at additional locations. Without these engagements in place, the program would suffer from lack of user input to help inform the users’ requirement priorities. This input is essential to identify the capabilities required to be delivered and to sunset the legacy application. (Suzy Cole-Miller)