The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg was lucky enough to hear from a local celebrity when he visited and spoke recently at their weekly luncheon. Retired Air Force pilot Tuck McAtee talked about his past accomplishments and how serving in the military helped make him the person he is today. He is part of a new organization called W.A.S.P (Williamsburg Aviation Scholarship Program) based out of the Williamsburg/James City County airport. This program is designed to give local youths a shot at a flying career.
Tuck McAtee has a broad background in defense technology, program management and business development. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he received a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience in managing and marketing defense programs.
McAtee has more than 4,000 hours in America's front line fighters. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and the USAF Fighter Weapons School and served as an instructor at each school.
After retiring from the Air Force, he joined General Dynamics to manage the F-16 upgrade program that has kept the F-16 as the world's leading tactical fighter. Subsequently, he was the director of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft program, a multi-billion dollar development of an Air Force medium range stealth bomber. He also served as Lockheed Martin's director and vice president of international business development in the Middle East and north Asia. He played a major role in winning competitive contracts in Israel, the UAE and Korea.
Since retiring from Lockheed Martin, McAtee has spent 12 years as a CEO and business development vice president with companies involved In cyber security and threat detection. He currently leads efforts for Sparrow Security Systems to deploy advanced entry control point security.
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