Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of the Air Force Test Center, and David McBride, director of NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center, both at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have accepted invitations from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade to address the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference.
The 42nd annual conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Feb. 21 in the Mojave Air and Space Port Events Center.
Bunch and McBride head two of the regionís largest economic assets, with vital links to the Antelope Valleyís aerospace and defense industry employers.
Bunch directs a $31 billion enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel across Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB and Arnold AFB. The AFTC provides developmental test and evaluation of experimental and research manned and unmanned air, space and cyber systems for military services, DARPA, NASA and international partners, in addition to operations of the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards.
Bunch was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1985 and performed operational assignments as an instructor, evaluator and aircraft commander for B-52 Stratofortresses. Following graduation from the†Air Force†Test Pilot School, Bunch conducted developmental testing in the B-2 Spirit and B-52 and served as an instructor in each. Additionally, he commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
He was promoted to the rank of major general on Aug. 23, 2013.
As director of NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center, McBride oversees all aspects of center management, strategy, and operations. NASA Dryden is, one of the 10 field centers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
McBride was appointed director of NASA Dryden on Jan. 4, 2010, after having served as acting director since April 2009 upon the retirement of former center director Kevin L. Petersen. He had previously served as Dryden’s deputy director since June 2008, first in an acting capacity and subsequently receiving the official appointment in January 2009.
McBride’s prior management assignments at NASA Dryden include serving as Associate Director for Programs, overseeing the complete portfolio of Dryden projects supporting Exploration, Science, and Aeronautics.
He also was program manager for NASA’s Flight Research Program at NASA Dryden. The Flight Research Program and Flight and Systems Demonstrations Project conducted flight research and discovery that expanded aerospace knowledge and capabilities ñ activities included the record-breaking flight of the solar-powered Helios aircraft to over 96,000 feet, the Active Aeroelastic Wing flight research project and the revolutionary Intelligent Flight Control System, demonstrating adaptive neural network flight control systems.
McBride’s prior technical assignments include responsibilities as chief engineer for the X-33 Extended Test Range, and lead flight systems engineer for the X-31 and X-29 flight research programs and Dryden’s F/A-18 Systems Research Aircraft.
During a hiatus from NASA, McBride served as executive vice president and chief information officer of McBride and Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., from 1993 through 1998.
McBride began his career at Dryden as a cooperative education student in 1982, specializing in digital flight control systems analysis. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1985 and an executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1998.
Tickets for the Business Outlook Conference are available from the Antelope Valley Board of Trade office in Palmdale, and may be purchased online at www.avbot.org
For more information, call Executive Director Vicki Medina at (661) 947-9033 or email Vicki@avbot.org.