Rich Kretzschmar joins i3 as Director of Strategic Development

Rich Kretzschmar joins Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) as Director of Strategic Development with responsibility for supporting our broad array of Department of Defense & Commercial Clients. Rich is a member of the i3 Leadership Team & supports the CEO, President, and COO in corporate strategy and new market development. Prior to joining i3, Rich served as the acting Deputy Program Executive Officer for Aviation. He possesses twenty-seven years of aerospace engineering and program acquisition experience encompassing a variety of missile, rotary and fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems.  He is acknowledged throughout the world for both his technical and management expertise related to major weapon system development and acquisition. An aerodynamicist by training, Rich joined the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in 1992 and served in a variety of technical leadership positions. He transitioned to PEO Aviation in 2011 and served in leadership roles for several of PEO Aviation highest priority programs including Deputy Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Project Manager for the Improved Turbine Engine and Future Vertical Lift Programs. Mr. Kretzschmar holds both BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and an MA degree in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is level III certified in Program Management and Advanced System Engineering, Research, Development and Engineering career fields.  Rich has won numerous awards including The Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2017), The Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award (2015), the Army Aviation Association of America 2014 Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award, the 2014 Association of the United States...

i3 Trains Croatian Air Force on OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

  Kiowa Warrior Video The leadership and Global Flight Training team at Huntsville’s Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) reports the on-schedule start of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Pilot Training Phase for the Croatian Air Force at Zemunik Airbase, Zadar, Croatia. The program is administered by the US Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Per a tailored and comprehensive training program, i3 began the Maintainer Training Phase in 2017.  The train-the-trainer pilot phase includes aircraft and instructor pilot qualification in the OH-58D light attack/ reconnaissance aircraft, single- and multi-ship live-fire gunnery training, tactics training, high altitude/ mountain environmental training, and the maintenance test pilot course.  i3 also provides Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) maintenance for the aircraft during the training...

Greg Carl joins i3 as Director of Integrated Security Services

Greg Carl joins Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) as Director of Integrated Security Services with responsibility for supporting our Department of Defense/National Security & Commercial Clients. Greg is a member of the i3 Leadership Team & supports the CEO, President, and COO with Thought Leadership/Strategy & Collaboration on New Markets. Prior to joining i3, Greg served as the Director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) for which he was one of the original architects. He is acknowledged throughout the world for both his explosives expertise and his leadership in related counterterrorism matters. Greg joined the FBI in 1987 and in 1990 was appointed to the position of Special Agent assigned to the Miami Division. In 1996 he was reassigned to the FBI Laboratory’s Explosives Unit as an Explosives and Hazardous Devices Examiner. Greg was a Special Agent Bomb Technician for over 20 years. Greg’s expertise has been utilized in some of the nation’s most well-known terrorist attacks such as the Shoe Bomber Case, the Oklahoma City Bombing Case, the World Trade Center Bombing Case in 1993, the Underwear Bomber Case in 2009, and the Boston Marathon Bombing Case in 2013, to name a few. Greg earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Susquehanna University and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He has received various awards throughout his career to include the US Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement in 2002 and the Director’s Award for Outstanding Technical Advancement in 2008 and in 2012 for Excellence in Investigative Support. He is also a member of the International Association for Chief’s of Police, Arson and Explosives Committee...

i3 Wins 2017 “Best Places to Work” Award!

Best Places to Work® is an annual signature event sponsored by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and it showcases the “best of the best” Chamber member businesses in the Tennessee Valley. i3 is a recipient of the 2017 Best Places to Work recognizing a great workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and excellent communication. We are honored and humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious award.             Congratulations to the entire i3 Team!...

i3 Reservist wraps up two-year mobilization, supports OIR in Turkey

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Over the past two years, Individual Mobilization Augmentee Col. Carl Magnusson has travelled the globe in support of a variety of U.S. operations. The U.S. Pacific Command Air Force Reservist has seen Japan, the Philippines, and Mongolia as a joint exercise control group director, and most recently, Kuwait and Turkey, where he supported Operation Inherent Resolve. As an IMA, Magnusson is assigned to US PACOM’s Operations Directorate. As a reservist, it’s his job to augment PACOM exercises. After talking things over with his family, he decided that 2015 was his turn to step up and let PACOM utilize his expertise full-time. He saw the 365-day voluntary mobilization as an opportunity to put all his training to use but he had no idea it would turn out the way it did. Two years and three extensions later, he says he has realized Reservists need to be flexible and ready to serve when and where they are called. “Many of our partner nations put great stock in interpersonal relationships,” he said. “We still have many friends at the personal level within the Turkish military, which is an important partner and ally.” Looking back on his experiences of the last two years, especially the deployment to Turkey, Magnusson said he has a better understanding of geopolitics and has a deeper appreciation of our contributions and sacrifices in Northern Syria and Iraq. ​i3 Reservist wraps up two-year mobilization...

i3 Leads Tunisian Air Force Training Effort, i3 President Gen. William Looney Congratulates Graduates

Tunisian Airforce Graduation – Redstone Rocket Fifty-five foreign air force members have graduated a months-long training course on the OH-58D Kiowa during a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center of the Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell, New Mexico. The pilots and maintenance crew members from the Tunisian Air Force received training on the armed reconnaissance helicopter at the Roswell International Air Center as part of a foreign military sales case managed by the Security Assistance Command. “This graduation brings together Tunisia’s capability of integrating air-ground operations utilizing the Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior for observation, utility, and direct fire support” said Col. William Krahling, USASAC’s director of EUCOM/AFRICOM regional operations. “This is much more than a delivery of aircraft to a partner nation. It is not just about hardware.” Krahling said. “The aircraft and training provides a long term, and hopefully enduring relationship with an important international partner that have been a valued partner since our first trade agreement when our nation was young.” “USASAC activities play a critical role in U.S. foreign policy by ensuring the safety of not only our men and women in uniform, but also our interoperability with our military partners as they ensure the security of their own sovereign nations around the world,” Krahling said. “While graduations like these are an important milestone, it is just the beginning of a new phase of the continued challenge to ensure stability in Tunisia and here at home in our fight against terrorism.”...