Local man serves in U.S. Air Force

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Col. Shane D. Louis, a 1991 Sealy High School graduate, is currently assigned as a senior material leader, Aerial Networks Division, Hanscom AFB MA. He is responsible for executing $900 million annually to acquire, field and sustain a secure and robust C2 infrastructure for AF, joint and coalition users. He is the AF Airborne Network acquisition lead for JCS, COCOM, Air Staff and MAJCOM communications systems and requirements. Col. Louis also oversees the management of satellite communication programs vital to establishing and sustaining the Global Information Grid, tactical data links and quick reaction to programs that provide urgently needed communication capability to down range operators. He provides leadership and management oversight for over 275 military, government civilian, FFRDC and support contract personnel.

Louis received his commission through ROTC as a 1995 distinguished graduate, Detachment 847, Angelo State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government. He entered service as a command control officer. His first assignment was as a section commander in the 74th Fighter Squadron and was deployed with the unit in support of Operation Southern Watch.

He then transitioned to the acquisitions career field. During his career as an acquisitions professional, he has served as a program manager in several offices, some of which included the B-1 Systems Program Office working weapons integration, Human Systems Program Office working ejection seat modifications and as the operations officer working C-5 galaxy sustainment issues.

Col. Louis has also served in various support functions to include executive officer, policy officer, on-site arms control inspector in support of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty and Vienna Document, a tasking to CENTCOM Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) and Simulator systems to include SSEB chair for the KC-46 Maintenance Training System.

Prior to his current assignment he was assigned as Deputy, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) Infrastructure responsible for supporting $6 billion AF Intranet, base information transport infrastructure, deployable communications and commoditized IT programs.

Louis’ proud parents are Patsy Louis Ford and Douglas “Bubba” Louis.

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