Kenneth Eickmann

B.S. M.E. 1969
Director, Construction Industry Institute

After earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, General Eickmann began a distinguished and highly decorated 31-year career in the U.S. Air Force.

He entered the Air Force in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of The University of Texas' Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He earned his master's degree in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1968.

Gen. Eickmann eventually completed 22 assignments, including a stint from 1994 to 1996 as Commander, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, the largest military and industrial complex in the U.S. Department of Defense. During this time he led the federal rescue and recovery efforts following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His success inspired the governor of Oklahoma to declare July 11, 1995, as "General Ken Eickmann Day" in the State of Oklahoma. His last assignment on active duty was Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he led the nation's largest center of excellence for research, development, and acquisition of aircraft, aeronautical equipment, and munitions.

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