Colonel Ronald Gilbert joined DARPA as the U.S. Air Force operational liaison in 2019. He previously served as the Vice Commander, 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where he was second-in-command for 37 squadrons, more than 3,300 personnel, and 150 combat aircraft spread across 11 geographically separated installations.
Colonel Gilbert’s operational experience includes multiple deployments, most recently as the Commander of the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, in support of the opening phases of Operation Inherent Resolve fighting against the Islamic State. Other assignments include serving as a National Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Director of Operations for the F-22 division of the Air Force Weapons School, Chief of Fighter Tactics for multiple F-22 and F-15C combat squadrons, and other various positions in the United States as well as the European and Pacific theaters.
Colonel Gilbert is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15C/D, and F-22A. He holds Master’s degrees in business and operations research, and a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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