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President Biden Nominates Ravi Chaudhary as Air Force’s Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Energy

President Biden Nominates Ravi Chaudhary as Air Force’s Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Energy

  • A former Air Force officer and pilot, he previously served as a senior executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

President Joe Biden has nominated Ravi Chaudhary for the position of Assistant Secretary of Air Force for Installations, Energy and the Environment. The Air Force Times reported that “if confirmed, Chaudhary would take over a massive portfolio spanning Air Force and Space Force installations worldwide as the service grapples with the effects of deferred maintenance and climate change.” Additionally, he will have “a key role in managing the privatized housing used by airmen and guardians and reforms to how the military does business with those landlords,” the report said.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this announcement today. Ravi was nominated by the President to be the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy, and Environment,” Chaudhary’s wife Uma posted on Facebook. “If he’s confirmed, we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Air Force mission again, alongside the thousands of brave Airmen and Guardians serving.”

A former Air Force officer and pilot, Chaudhary previously served as a senior executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he was Director of Advanced Programs and Innovation, Office of Commercial Space, at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this role, “Chaudhary was responsible for the execution of advanced development and research programs in support of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation mission,” according to a White House press release. While at DOT, he also served as the executive director, Regions and Center Operations.

He also served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama Administration.

He also served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama Administration. In that role, he advised the president and the executive branch on efforts to improve veterans’ support for the AAPI community.

Chaudhary served in the Air Force on active duty from 1993 to 2015. He has completed a variety of operational, engineering, and senior staff assignments in the Air Force. As a C-17 pilot, he conducted global flight operations, including numerous combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his posting in Iraq, Chaudhary was in charge of ground deployment as director of the Personnel Recovery Center, Multi-National Corps.

Earlier in his career, he supported space launch operations for the Global Positioning System (GPS) and led third stage and flight safety activities to ensure the full operational capability of the first GPS constellation. As a systems engineer, he supported NASA’s International Space Station protection activities to ensure the safety of NASA Astronauts.

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He holds a doctorate specializing in Executive Leadership and Innovation from Georgetown University D.L.S. Program, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from St. Mary’s University as a NASA graduate fellow, an M.A. in Operational Arts and Military Science from Air University, and a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and holds DOD acquisition certifications in program management, test and evaluation, and systems engineering.

Chaudhary hails from Virginia, where he lives with his wife Uma, and their two children.

(Top photo, Ravi Chaudhary and his wife Uma with the then presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in June 2020.)

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