P R O F E S S I O N A L P R O F I L E
COL. JAMES W. GIBSON
968 Heather Way
Eagle Point , Oregon
June 2003 to August 2004: Construction Inspector for the City of Spokane Valley , Washington . Inspected public right-a-way projects for compliance to city regulations. Inspector for a new $8 million, 60,000 SF Community/Senior Center.
April 2002 to September 2002: Project manager for a $4 million revitalization of downtown Colville , Washington . Work included extensive underground utilities upgrades, installation of a concrete intersection on US Highway 395, four new traffic signal systems, street lights and the repaving of two major streets. A soil cement technique was used to prepare the foundation under one of the streets.
December 1999 to January 2002: Project manager for a $15 million Parks and Recreation Bond Issue. Created and managed all design and construction contracts for 62 separate projects including a $1.6 million 25 acre community park. Extensive coordination was required with citizen groups and City of Spokane , Washington departments.
April 1999 to November 1999: Consultant to the four Spokane Community Centers assisting in the establishment and operation of a Community Centers Development Council. This Council focuses on developing economic strategy for living wage jobs in low income neighborhoods. Collaboration with city agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council and private corporations was a major part of my job.
January 1995 to September 1998: Facility Manager, for a 40,000 SF Student Loan Servicing Center (Sallie Mae) in Spokane , Washington . Supervised electronic document capture, mailroom, telecomm PBX Definity G3I switch with a conversant and Predictive Dialing system, computer PC/LAN hardware and software, purchasing department, safety & security systems and Business Recovery support. Managed the design and construction of an 8700 SF addition to the business operation. Business shut down its operation in Spokane due to restructuring.
August 1991 to December 1994: Operated independent business as an insurance products agent with Beneficial Life Insurance Company. Specialized in the financial and estate planning areas. Extensive experience and success in all phases of sales to include prospecting, presentation, and closing. Licensed in the States of Idaho and Washington . Recognized for sales production by the company.
July 1, 1990 : Retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.
June 1987 to June 1990: Director of Computer Applications and Development, Headquarters United States Air Force Engineering and Services Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Single manager for all Air Force Engineering and Services automation initiatives and computer systems. Work centered on automating base civil engineering organizations in functional areas such as operations and maintenance, engineering design, industrial engineering, and funds management. Also directed the automation of Air Force billeting (hotel) and food service (restaurant) activities to bring them up to commercial standards. Directed development of the Air Force prototype for a computer aided design system.
June 1984 to June 1987: Director of Civil Engineering, Aerospace Data Facility (USAF), Buckley ANG Base, Colo. Single manager for all construction, operations, and maintenance of a $500 million space operations center. Senior facility engineer responsible for designing and implementing quick reaction projects in a high-security computer operations complex supporting priority space programs vital to national defense. Supervised 53 skilled engineers and technicians performing round-the-clock utility plant operations, repair and maintenance. During tenure, a 6000 KVA uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system and a 12,000 KW diesel power plant were designed and constructed.
May 1983 to May 1984: Chief of Space Transportation System (Shuttle) Flight and Ground Systems, Air Force Systems Command, Vandenberg AFB, Cal . Directed and managed the $2.5 billion construction and activation effort for Space Shuttle facilities and ground systems at the West Coast launch site. Supervised 25 government and 800 contractor personnel.
June 1980 to April 1983: Chief of Space Shuttle Activation Task Force Construction Management Division, Air Force Systems Command, Vandenberg AFB, Cal . Responsible for managing construction of the West Coast Space Shuttle Launch and Landing Site. Included 18 major projects valued at $520 million at Vandenberg AFB and Port Hueneme Naval Civil Engineering Center. Directly supervised 12 civil engineers and a 300-person contractor work force.
June 1979 to June 1980: Staff Civil Engineer for a Department of Defense Joint Actiivity, NATO Iceland Defense Force, Keflavik , Iceland . Responsible for monitoring all military construction projects in Iceland . Prepared justification for all future facility projects to the NATO international staff. Also functioned as the Logistics Plans Officer.
September 1978 to May 1980: Student at USAF Air Command and Staff College , Maxwell AFB, Alabama . Published a report that resulted in the employment of graduates with Bachelor of Engineering Technology degrees within the Civil Engineering career field. Received extensive instruction in leadership and communications skills.
February 1974 to August 1978: Staff Mechanical Engineer with the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex Special Projects Division, Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs , Colo. Responsible for design reviews and construction surveillance of all mechanical systems associated with the $25 million expansion of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Projects included a new 10,500 KW diesel power plant, a central refrigeration plant in excess of 1,500 tons involving both absorption and centrifugal chillers, cooling towers, and nuclear resistant blast valves. Also functioned as the project officer for all automated energy monitoring and control systems. Supervised civil service engineers from grades GS-11 to GS-13.
October 1973 to January 1974: Base Civil Engineering Officer, Yokota Air Base, Japan . Supervised the installation of the Base Engineering Automated Management System (BEAMS). Prepared financial documents for maintenance, repair and minor construction projects. Also created and managed the labor in-service work plan.
December 1972 to September 1973: Base Area Engineer, Tachikawa AB , Japan . Responsible for all civil engineering support at Tachikawa Air Base, providing operation of all utility systems, maintenance and repair of all facilities, systems, and installed equipment; fire protection. Supervised a work force of 400 plus skilled personnel.
May 1972 to November 1972: Chief of Programs, Yokota Area Engineer, Yokota AB , Japan . Performed the base project programming function including in-house preparation and planning of the in-service work plan. Evaluated and recommended to the Facilities Board appropriated action on approximately 50 facilities projects per month. Controlled the procurement and readiness of $1.2 million in supplies and equipment for the in-house maintenance and repair forces.
September 1970 to April 1972: Staff Civil Engineer, Headquarters Fifth Air Force, Fuchu Air Force Station , Japan . Responsible for determining capability of existing facilities to accommodate assigned missions and developed facility requirements to support proposed mission changes. Prepared and reviewed special reports, projects and staff studies.
June 1970 to August 1970: Deputy Chief of Plant Operations, Headquarters Fifth Air Force, Fuchu AFS, Japan. Developed inspection checklists on systems such as generators, air conditioners, aircraft arresting barriers, electrical distribution, water and sanitation, airfield pavements, and real property facilities. Nominated during the period for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Company Grade Officer’s Award.
February 1970 to May 1970: Chief of Resource Planning Division, Headquarters Fifth Air Force, Fuchu AFS, Japan. Determined the need for additional regulatory guides and policy directives related to maintenance and operations of assigned plants and systems. Served as the key advisor to the Director of Maintenance on engineering functions performed by the division and base personnel.
August 1968 to January 1970: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering student at New Mexico State University .
July 1967 to July 1968: Construction Engineer, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam . Directed military and civilian personnel in construction and emergency (combat) repair activities. Review design plans and specifications for technical adequacy and initiated corrections. Projects included a three two-story air conditioned structures and a 125-bed modular hospital. Nominated for the 1967 Pacific Air Forces Junior Office of The Year.
September 1966 to June 1967: Construction Engineer, Stewart Air Force Base, New York .. Prepared financial documents for base projects and the military construction program. Prepared monthly status reports for projects valued at $1.2 million. Updated the Base Master Plan.
June 1966: Graduated from the United States Military Academy , West Point , New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.