Col Donald R Ohlemacher
P. E.

Dean, The Civil Engineer School

 

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Colonel Donald R. Ohlemacher is Dean of The Civil Engineer School, Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio where he is responsible for providing technical, environmental and engineering management focused Professional Continuing Education to 5,500 military and civilian members annually as well as the Initial Skills Training for all newly commissioned Civil Engineer officers.

Colonel Ohlemacher was commissioned in June 1994 upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. As a career Civil Engineer officer, he has over 14 years' experience working in various positions in Base Civil Engineer offices across four Major Commands and four years' experience in staff officer positions at Major Command and Headquarters Air Force levels. Colonel Ohlemacher has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and the Afghanistan-Pakistan HAND program.

Colonel Ohlemacher previously served as the Associate Director of Civil Engineers, Headquarters United States Air Force, The Pentagon, where he directed staff operations for installations support functions at 166 Air Force bases worldwide and organizing, training and equipping the 52,000 Air Force Civil Engineer enterprise on an annual budget of more than $11 billion. He also led the Strategic Planning and Integration Branch where he formulated strategic end-states and planning guidance for future engineering concepts. Colonel Ohlemacher commanded the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, where he led over 500 personnel and 75 contractors in maintaining a $3.2 billion physical plant and 59,000 acres of real property on Air Combat Command's largest and most complex airfield. There, his leadership was instrumental in winning the Maj Gen Robert H. Curtin Award as the best large Civil Engineer unit which supported 21,000 personnel and operations for the F-22, the MQ-1 and MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft systems, and the German Armed Forces flight training program, as well as the Air Force Materiel Command's test track and 22 total tenant organizations.

Colonel Ohlemacher has also been assigned to the Directorate of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, as Chief, Expeditionary Engineer Branch where he was responsible for the Global Force Management for over 29,000 total force Civil Engineers, served as Executive Agent for the Air Force RED HORSE heavy construction combat engineer program, and oversaw the organization, training & equipping of 11 Prime BEEF and 6 RED HORSE units. Prior to that, he was the Operations Flight Commander at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where he was responsible for prioritizing and executing in-service work programs for the operations, maintenance and repair of 787 facilities and associated infrastructure valued at $4.2 billion. Additionally, Colonel Ohlemacher served as the Construction Division Head and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado since 2001.

Colonel Ohlemacher is married to the former Kristie Lasater of Ogden, Utah and they have two daughters, Ashley and Kendall.

 

Education

  • 1994 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  • 2001 Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
  • 2006 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2015 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington D.C.

 

Experience

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Jun 1994 - Jul 1997, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL
  2. Jul 1997 - Jan 1998, Maintenance Engineer, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill AFB, UT
  3. Jan 1998 - Jan 2000, Chief, Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineer Requirements (SABER) Flight, 75th Civil Engineer Group, Hill AFB, UT
  4. Jan 2000 - Jun 2000, Chief, Structural Repair Flight, 75th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill AFB, UT
  5. Jun 2000 - May 2001, Student, AFIT Civilian Institute Graduate Program, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
  6. May 2001 - Jun 2002, Chief, Maintenance Engineering, 65th Civil Engineer Squadron, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal
  7. Jun 2002 - May 2003, Executive Officer, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal
  8. May 2003 - Jul 2004, Instructor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  9. Jul 2004 - Jul 2005, Construction Division Head and Instructor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  10. Jul 2005 - Jun 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  11. Jun 2006 - Jul 2009, Operations Flight Commander, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
  12. Jul 2009 - Mar 2010, RED HORSE Program Manager, Readiness Division, Directorate of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA
  13. Mar 2010 - Aug 2011, Chief, Expeditionary Engineer Branch, Readiness Division, Directorate of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA
  14. Aug 2011 - Jun 2013, Commander, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, NM
  15. Jun 2013 - Jul 2014, Chief, Strategic Planning and Integration Branch, Office of the Civil Engineer, Headquarters United States Air Force, The Pentagon
  16. Jul 2014 - Jul 2015, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
  17. Jul 2015 - Jul 2016, AFPAK Hand/Deputy Commander, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Capital, NATO Resolute Support Mission, Kabul, Afghanistan
  18. Aug 2016 - Jun 2017, Associate Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Force Protection, Headquarters United States Air Force, The Pentagon
  19. Jul 2017 - Present, Dean, The Civil Engineer School, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

 

  • Second Lieutenant June 1994
  • First Lieutenant June 1996
  • Captain June 1998
  • Major August 2004
  • Lieutenant Colonel August 2009
  • Colonel November 2015

 

Certifications

 Registered Professional Engineer, Colorado

 

Awards

  • 2012 Major General Robert H. Curtin Award (Large Unit)
  • 2005 Major General Augustus M. Minton Award
  • 2004 Outstanding Academy Educator Award
  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

 

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