STEM Professional of the week
|Major Luis Muñoz
U.S. Air Force
Major Luis Muñoz is the Enterprise Integration Branch Chief for Global Positioning System (GPS) Directorate, located at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base (AFB), California.
As Chief of the GPS Enterprise Integration Branch at the SMC he ensures all segments of the $32B Global Positioning System are synchronized and deliver capability to the more than 3 Billion global users of the GPS signal. Maj Muñoz’s hard work and daily determination ensures that the United States continues to lead the rest of the world in offering positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) signals. He is also working on developing the next-generation signals that will protect and sustain the global asset, critical to our national infrastructure
Major Muñoz graduated from the Drexel University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He commissioned from Reserve Officer Training Corps that same year from Saint Joseph’s University, upon completion of Officer Training School, he moved to Goodfellow AFB, Texas, where he was an Intelligence student. His first assignment following technical school was to Nellis AFB where he served as an Air Threat Analyst, focused on the Air Force Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Threat guide and as cadre for the Air Warrior training course.
In 2005, he transferred to the acquisition career field supporting next generation aircraft development and ensuring they were able to support combat operations in high threat air space. In 2009, moved back to the east coast support the Space Superiority Systems Directorate embedded at the National Security Agency on Fort Meade, Maryland. He bridged the gap between the intelligence community and space acquisitions community. Specifically, he deployed classified systems that were credited with capture of multiple high value targets.Following his tour at NSA, Major Muñoz moved to the SIGINT Space Program Office at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia. He led his program through two program reviews culminating in a triple increase to intelligence collection capability. And now he is serving in his position GPS Directorate in Los Angeles, CA.
Outside of the Air Force, Major Muñoz, has dedicated himself community service. He is an avid supporter of local elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) events. His passion for science and engineering was clearly evident as he led experiments teaching over 200 students applications of science in their young day to day lives.
Major Muñoz has been the recipient of several medals including: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal among others. In October 2016, GMiS had the privilege of honoring him with a STEM Military Hero award.
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