Professional

Career

My draft notice was received on 02SEP72 having just started the the Fall term only 3 days earlier. Deferments ended in '71, so it was just a matter of time with only a double-digit draft number received in AUG71. At that time, you were to report in 30 days along wth having 20 days to find another branch to enlist in -- the only two branches needing draftees were the Army and the Marines. Several days later, was withdrawing from college. Another day later found me enlisting in the USAF in thier delayed enlistment for "going in" in DEC72. I became a pretty good Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM, also known as Electronic Warfare (EW)) Technician mainly being a bench tech repairing faulty airborne (e.g.: B-52G/H, F-4E, and OV-10B) ECM receivers down to the component level. Back in school after the USAF, I concurrently worked at the General Electric Medical Circuit Board Plant outside of Milwaukee, WI as a tech on the midnight shift (repairing analog/digital boards that had failed thier automated testing from that day's production runs). Enticed by a good friend, Mike Mohawk, from my days in the USAF now working at a well-established and respected Aerial Reconnaissance Camera manufacturer based in Barrington, IL (northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL) and burnt-out from school and work, I withdrew as a 3rd year student after the Fall '78 Quarter finished starting work as a Field Service Engineer from late '78 to mid-'81 - I worked some CONUS initially, but was mostly OCONUS travelling a lot in the Pacific with a bit of South America. The experiences during and shortly after my 4-year stint in the USAF ('72-'76) formed the drive for returning back to school in AUG81 and completing my bachelor’s degree in AUG83.

Following graduation, I landed as an EW electronic hardware design engineer for RF, analog, digital circuitry on defense contracts evolving to more paper-based activities further into my career as a Senior Systems Engineer. The career transitioned later to the "dark side” into leadership and management as an Engineering Manager and with various Project and Program Manager positions. About half of my career has involved international business travel or living and working OCONUS. Numerous corporate and customer Certificates of Appreciation, spot awards, and recommendations have been received.

Since semi-retiring in NOV19, the focus is now with my own projects which includes some being restarted having been put aside years ago.

LinkedIn Profile can be seen at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jjlambert

Education

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Project Management, City University of Seattle, 2007

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS), Electronic Technology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1983

Certifications

  • Project Management Professional (PMP), APR07, Project Management Institute (PMI), 2007-Present

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM), FEB08, Scrum Alliance, 2008-Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

  • PMI's Washington DC (WDC) Chapter [ending JAN18]

  • PMI's Pikes Peak Regional, Colorado (PPRC) Chapter [starting FEB18]. Elected Chapter's Director of Governance for 2021, (Acting) Secretary for 2021.

  • Agile Alliance

  • Scrum Alliance

  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Additional Professional Training

  • Systems Architecture (Aerospace, 2012)

  • Software Program Management (Aerospace, 2011)

  • Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) (Boeing, 2010)

    • The ELP is Boeing's management-level training for managers recognized and destined for Integrated Product Team (IPT) lead positions. Being chosen was an extreme honor – extremely few managers are nominated by their division's executive-level management to attend (only 3 classes of 36 managers per year across world-wide Boeing).

    • 4-month program with required meetings, deliverables, presentations, and a Division-approved project.

  • Earned Value Management (EVM) Silver Medallion Program (Boeing, 2009)

    • Completed the EVM Silver Medallion Program's three (3) courses as a requirement for being a CAM as a Boeing Manager.

  • Program Manager's Workshop (Boeing, 2009)

  • Multiple Leadership and Management Courses (e.g.: Personnel, Management, Risk, CM, Quality, etc.) (Boeing, 2006-2011)

  • Proposal Writing (Boeing, 2007)

Community Service

  • Boeing's Project Management Interest Group (PMIG): 2008 PMP Study Group Module Instructor and Planning Committee member, Planning Committee member and reserve Module Instructor for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

  • Amateur Radio:

    • Volunteer Examiner (VE) at annual Dayton Hamvention, 2013, 2015, and 2016 with Laurel VEC

    • ARRL VE in Colorado (current), previous liaison (lead) for Oceania-based VE group (1999-2004), Oceania-based VE group (1990-1996, 1998-1999)

    • Club activities 1984-Present; offices as President, Treasurer, and Secretary (1996-2004); RACES in Dallas, TX area (1986-1990). Elected Secretary for the Pueblo West Amatuer Radio Club (PWARC), Pueblo West, CO, for 2021.

  • Homeowners Association: Treasurer for the Gates Mill HOA, Haymarket, VA, 2008-2018.

  • Church Leadership: Acolyte Leader and Trainer, Brighton, CO, 2005-2007; Aldie, VA, 2008; Council (vestry in the US), Australia, 2003-2004.

Locations

In-work

USAF Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) Technician - DEC72-MAY75

You may be quite astute and wondering just "why" there is a picture of me at work? The answer is a good one. The picture was carefully staged and taken by the base photographer there in the Osan AB ECM shop making sure nothing classified was in the picture. There really is nothing visible other than a militarized early Rolm computer there in the fuzzy background (it was "off"). To the extreme right of the frame with the cables connected are various units of test equipment used. All of that was used for the AN/ALR-46 ECM Receiver that I worked on. The picture was taken around APR76 as I had just been honored being awarded the Osan AB's "First Term Airman of the Year". The picture was on the front page of the base newspaper along with an accompanying article. The base photographer gave me several 5x7s of the shot.


I arrived at Osan AB in MAY75 after getting new orders in MAR75 changing my long-overdue PCS from Thailand to Korea. When arriving at Osan AB, I was an A1C (Airman First Class, aka "2-striper") sewing-on SGT (Sergeant, aka "buck sergeant") a few weeks later.


I had been in college for a few years in SEP72. With college deferrments ending in 1971 and receiving a lower-than-hoped-for draft lottery number in AUG71, it seemed that I might just "squeak by" not being drafted in 1972 (1972 was the last year anyone was drafted, numbers were drawn for 1973, but no one was drafted in 1973 or after). My draft notice was received on 02SEP72 three (3) days after starting the fall quarter in 1972. So, I withdrew from college and enlisted in the USAF several days after receiving my draft notice.


One of the best decisions made was enlisting for four (4) years doing something that I wanted to do rather than two (2) years of doing whatever being pigeon-holed into if drafted! I transitioned into an airborne Electronic Countermeasures (ECM, aka Electronic Warfare (EW)) Technician really enjoying what I was doing along with being pretty good at it.

That gut-based and hastily-made decision to enlist in the USAF in September 1972 was the inspiration, drive, and really the catalyst in pursuing education and career opportunities framing a great career spanning over four (4) decades and only semi-retiring in late 2019. In retrospect, there are a few regrets along with some “oops” (or some other choice words or comments) along the career path, but becoming that ECM Tech so long ago was a great start to an overall enjoyable and appreciated career trek.