Plans and Programs Engineer, HQ AFMC A4/10-EN, Engineering, Technology & Technical Policy Division
Mr. Fernando C. Browning is currently a Plans and Programs Engineer for the Engineering, Technology & Technical Policy Division at Headquarters (HQ) Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). He serves as the HQ AFMC representative for Deficiency Reporting, Investigating and Resolution (DRI&R) efforts, acting as the technical/functional authority, lead for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) / Parts Management, representative for Critical Safety Item (CSI) efforts and leads efforts to develop, implement, and improve Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) engineering support and supporting logistics processes, policy, & tools and technology.
He began his association with the United States Air Force in 2007 as an intern for the Propulsion Directorate and later as a 2008 SMART Scholar for the same directorate. He began his civil service career with the USAF in 2012 at Tinker Air Force Base in the TF34 System Program Office (SPO), engine for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, as an Aerospace Engineer. He provided logistical support and maintenance assistance for TF34 aircraft engines, led his engineering team and contractors to risk mitigation solutions through Component Improvement Plan (CIP) initiatives, and analyzed practicality of engineering cost and schedule submissions by the prime contractor. In 2014, he served as an Aerospace Engineer for the E-3 AWACS SPO. He served as an advisor to the chief engineer (CE) and engineering lead on the evaluation of the effectiveness of the DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) Form 339 (request for engineering support) office and center level processes. He advised the CE on organization's Operational Safety, Suitability and Effectiveness (OSS&E) procedures with respect to the OSS&E Checklist to provide support to programs requiring OSS&E approval before being fielded on the E-3 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) weapon system. He also was an author, resource for, and lead integrator of the E-3 Programmatic Environmental, Safety and Occupational Evaluation (PESHE). In 2019, he served as a Systems Engineer for the Architecture and Integration Directorate (XA) and provided capability development support for pre-Major Defense Acquisition Programs such as Advanced Aerial Refueling, Live Mission Operational Capability, and Electronic Flight Bag. He collaborated with AFIT and other senior systems engineers to implement and refine Early Systems Engineering methodologies within his organization. He utilized Model Based Systems Engineering tools to implement the Digital Engineering vision for XA.
2012 Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Wright State University, OH
2019 Master of Business Administration, Oklahoma City University, OK
October 2012 – October 2014, Aerospace Engineer, TF34 SPO, Tinker AFB, OK
September 2020 – Present, Plans and Programs Engineer, Engineering, Technology & Technical Policy Division, WPAFB, OH
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
STARBASE Mentor Patron of the Year (2015)
AWACS Division Level CIV CAT-II 1st Quarter Award Winner (2016)
Performance Award (2016 to Present)
Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award (2019)
Architecture and Integration Directorate 2020 3rd Quarter Awards – ABMS Large Team Award
Finalist Engineering Team Award for the 2020 AFLCMC Engineering Awards
Architecture and Integration Directorate 2020 Annual Award Large Team – ABMS Large Team Award