Jon Rucker is an Operations, Human Resources, and integral leader with over 30 years in a diverse and rewarding military career. He first enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1986 culminating with his direct involvement in Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM focused on supply chain management for a combat communications unit and separated in 1991. He rejoined the Air Force as a commissioned officer after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1995. He held various leadership positions in the Command and Control, Intelligence and Human Resources career fields while working at all levels of the Air Force.
Jon has an exemplary record winning six distinguished awards and earning his master’s degree from Air University. He led two separate organizations as the Chief Operating Officer resulting a 250% profit increase, overhauled the Air Force’s military evaluation system and led the talent management strategy for the largest Major Command in the Air Force. His latest accomplishments occurred as the Director of Staff for the Air Force Research Laboratory where he developed, refined, and crafted executive policy and guidance for the 10,000-person organization while reestablishing the organization’s Public Affairs function resulting in the emergence of an effective communications Directorate to tell the Research Laboratory story.
Jon is a die-hard University of Tennessee Volunteer and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.