On 19 Feb 2019, Jim Ryckman, PE, QEP; (a SAME Kittyhawk Post board member) was celebrated for his 50 years of U.S. Air Force service. A presentation ceremony occurred in the rotunda of historic Building 12 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Building 12 was the original home of the Army Aeronautical Museum (now the National Museum of the United States Air Force). Letters of congratulations were given from Secretary of the Air Force Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Goldfein. Remarks and presentations were also given by  Mr. Thomas Fischer (Director of Engineering and Technical Management Services at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center), friends, co-workers and of course Jim himself!

Jim began his career as a Civil Engineer at Wright-Patterson’s 2750th Air Base Wing in 1969 one year before passage of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). He has worked his entire career at Wright-Patterson AFB specializing in the air quality program. He contributed to the Department of Defense air quality steering committee-making an impact to cleaner air worldwide. Further, he has provided his passions and knowledge to developing the Air Force’s Air Pollution Information Management System and led the Air Force Materiel Command’s air quality working groups for many years. He is currently an environmental engineer with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and leads environmental compliance efforts at the Air Force’s industrial plants.

Jim has been an active member of the Kittyhawk Post for 15 years and
contributes to our efforts to outreach and connect with other professional
engineering and science associations such at the Dayton Affiliates Society
Council and the Air and Waste Management Association. Jim–the SAME Kittyhawk Post congratulates you on your 50 years of service to our country!

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