Dr. Mike McGinnis Brigadier General (Ret.) USA Executive Director, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
A Nebraska native from Wisner, Mike McGinnis is the executive director of Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum. Previously, Brigadier General (Ret.) McGinnis served as executive director of the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska and of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University. During his military career in the US Army, Mike served as Chair of the Systems Engineering Department at West Point, NY and on key government engineering, modeling, simulation and analysis committees. Dr. McGinnis scholarly work includes four national awards, over 50 published papers, and has been a member of several U.S. delegations to foreign nations. Mike was inducted into Who’s Who in Engineering Education in 2005 and elected as a Fellow of the Military Operations Research Society in 2008.
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Captain Mark Dreiling, US Air Force (Ret.) Chief of Staff, Congressman Don Bacon.
Prior to his retirement, Captain Dreiling was the Test Director for the Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Terminals, a multi-billion-dollar satellite communications terminal program. Captain Dreiling spent most his career working in missile warning. He is a former Chief of Operations Training and a certified Missile Warning Crew Commander. Before serving in the Armed Forces, Captain Dreiling worked for State Senator Mark Quandahl and State Senator Pam Brown in the Nebraska Legislature. Captain Dreiling was also a member of the freshman office staff for Congressman Lee Terry. Captain Dreiling is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a member of the Papillion La Vista Schools Hall of Fame and he has been honored with the Nebraska Alumni Association’s oldest recognition – the Distinguished Service Award.