James J. Bieryla

Deputy Director, AFWERX

James Bieryla is the Deputy Director of AFWERX. AFWERX transitions agile, affordable and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent.

Mr. Bieryla is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot, having flown almost 3000 hours in the F-15, F-117, F-22, F-16, and 35 other airplanes. Following his retirement from active duty, he transitioned to the Air Force Research Laboratory where he led classified technology development efforts.

He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy as well as Masters Degrees from both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

James and his family reside near Dayton, Ohio, where he also serves as the Chair of the Great Lakes Section of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

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