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Laz Gordon
Randy "Laz"
Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Randy “Laz” Gordon, PhD is a decorated, multi-discipline leader with a demonstrated 19-year track record of professional excellence. He commanded a developmental flight test force consisting of 330+ contractor, civilian, and military personnel responsible for modernization of the F-22A Raptor. In that role, he managed a $37 Million annual operating budget and oversaw $1.6+ Billion in national security assets. Prior to his command assignment, he led future capabilities, innovation, and experimentation for the US Pacific Command. There he managed a $2.5+ Billion dollar portfolio of advanced technology programs. Furthermore, he developed state of the art aerospace technologies as an experimental test pilot with experience in the F-22A, F-15C/E, A-10A/C, and the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express business jet as well as 70 other military and civilian aircraft. He also is a combat veteran with several air medal decorations from combat missions in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Gordon holds a Strategy PhD and Masters of Philosophy (summa cum laude) from the USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, as well as a graduate aeronautical engineering degree and mathematics/systems engineering studies (magna cum laude) from the Air Force Institute of Technology and United States Air Force Academy. He was competitively selected as a Presidential Fellow, DARPA US Air Force Service Chief Fellow, 2 time MIT Sloan Fellow admit, 2 time White House Fellowship finalist, USAF Thunderbirds Commander finalist, and 2 time NASA Astronaut finalist. He is a published writer for Air & Space Smithsonian/Flying magazine, mentors children, and serves as an award winning public speaker/published photographer.