HomeAbout UsFact SheetsDisplay


Four former Air Force communicators will be inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.

V Kenneth B. Heitkamp (SES):  During his 42-year AF career, he was recognized by colleagues and senior IT executives as an innovator. As Technical Director of the Standard Systems Center, he pioneered use of bulk purchase agreements for IT. He guided the Air Force series of desktop computer contracts, starting with Desktop 1 (90,000+ Zenith computers) in the 1980s. His acquisition model set the standard for DOD and government purchasing of IT commodities. He earned the AFCEA International Award for Excellence in Information Technology.

Brigadier General Wallace Gordon Smith Colonel John J. Garing: Provided 24 years of service to the Air Force and our nation beginning with the 4th and 1st Mobile Communications Groups with duty in Vietnam, Squadron Commander twice, White House Communications Officer with support to Presidents Carter and Reagan; NATO International Military Staff; and HQ USAF Division Chief where he led the creation of the 700 series regulations and served on the Air Staff Board for Personnel and Joint Matters.

Colonel David J. Kovach Colonel Raymond L. French:  A vital player in strengthening America's security. Assured connectivity of various DOD C3I resources that ensured America's crisis response mechanisms were fully functional at all times for the National Command Authorities and commanders-in-chief with nuclear Single Integrated Operational Plan taskings. His efforts were key to the timely dissemination of vital security information to military and civilian decision-makers and continuity of government operations.
Colonel Linda K. McMahon:  Excelled as a software system developer, satellite engineer, program manager and leader. While on Air Staff her leadership of more than 20 AF information assurance programs erased years of readiness decline by modernizing $1 billion of cryptographic equipment across the AF. At the AFC2ISR Center, she managed more than 30 programs worth $1.2 billion and delivered the first bridge between Internet Protocol and non-Internet Protocol airborne networks, reducing battlefield decision-making time.