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 Army (Redstone Chapter) Civilian of the Year, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2012) and the 2004 Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer Award.

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


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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 program.

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 and the International Association for Bomb Technicians and Investigators.

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

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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

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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.”

i3 awarded Prime Contract to support the Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) announced today it was awarded a prime contract to support the Army Research Laboratory’s Persistent Surveillance – Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (PS-ISR) Concept Development program, providing a variety of technology support to include analysis, studies, development, design, and demonstration of innovative Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) concepts and technologies to meet future asymmetric, counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency warfare scenarios. The multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year base period of performance, and a total contract value of $49 million.

“We’re excited to be awarded this prime position for concept development and we are pleased to provide the Army Research Laboratory with mission-critical support” said Mike Wicks, the Chief Executive Officer of i3.

i3, along with our team members Primal Innovation LLC, SynGlphX, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Hewlett Packard, will compete for task orders to provide Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in technologies to include sensors, cloud computing, multi-source data fusion, munitions detection systems, Signal Processing Tools and concepts, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) tool automation capabilities, and Counter Improvise Explosive Devices (CIED) technologies/systems in asymmetric, counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency warfare scenarios. These technologies will convert sensor data and intelligence data to actionable intelligence and enable informed, real-time decisions critical to the warfighter.

The mission of the ARL SEDD is to research, develop, and demonstrate sensors, and electron devices to ensure U.S. military superiority and to provide the U.S Army with effective intelligence and information tools, guaranteeing our soldiers’ the information dominance needed on today’s battlefield.

i3 to Provide Training Support to Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) announced it is a member of the Salient Federal Solutions, Inc.(Salient) team awarded a Seaport-e Task Order to provide the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) with training services for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C41) upgrade in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Task Order contract has a 12-month base period of performance and four 12-month options, with a total contract value of approximately $44 million, if all options are exercised.

Under this contract, i3 will provide C4ISR training services to include development of training courses, curriculum, and execution and facilitation of courses in support of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). “Working with the Salient team throughout the proposal process has been a pleasure,” says Michael Wicks of i3. “We look forward to a very close and productive relationship for years to come.”

As the Navy’s Information Dominance systems command, SPAWAR develops, delivers and sustains communications and information capabilities for warfighters, keeping them connected anytime, anywhere. With a space support activity, two system centers and through partnerships with three program executive offices, SPAWAR provides the hardware and software needed to execute Navy missions. The team consists of more than 9,500 active duty military and civil service professionals located around the world and close to the fleet to keep SPAWAR at the forefront of research, engineering and acquisition to provide and sustain fleet capabilities

i3 to provide logistics administrative and training support to Sigmatech Inc, in support of the Naval Supply Systems Command

Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) announced it is a member of the Sigmatech, Inc. team awarded a contract to provide the U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, with Foreign Military Sales (FMS) management, logistics, analytical, training, and administrative support services in support of the Kuwait Ministry of Defense.

The contract has a 12-month base period of performance and four 12-month options.  Working with the Sigmatech team throughout the proposal process has been a pleasure and we look forward to a very close and productive relationship for years to come.

NAVSUP FLC Norfolk’s Fleet Operations Department is the primary advocate and liaison between service providers and Navy customers. The department proactively brokers customer requirements for information, material and services; acts as the primary entry point for all customers who do not have known points of contact with service providers; coordinates/facilitates resolution of customers’ problems, complaints and requirements. The Fleet Operations Department develops and implements innovative customer-oriented logistics products and services that enhance efficiency and while controlling cost. The department serves as the centralized point-of-contact for customer needs and support initiatives.


NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) presents i3 Flight Engineer with Extra Mile Award

Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3) is pleased to announce that Brian Elit, a Flight Engineer at i3, was presented the Extra Mile Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) on May 12, 2014. David McBride, the Center Director for Armstrong Flight Research Center, stated, “the DC-8 crew experienced a dual-engine flameout on engines 1 and 4, while executing an ACCESS II test project at FL 350. The crew averted possible secondary effects while they descended to attempt restarts on the failed engines. A restart of one of the two engines was successful, and the aircraft was recovered safely without damage at the Palmdale Plant 42 Airport. Timely and accurate actions prevented further risk to the five crew members, not to mention damage to an invaluable test research aircraft. Thanks for a job well done!”

i3 is a major subcontractor on the NASA contract providing aircraft operations support services at both Edwards AFB and Palmdale, California. i3 provides the pilots and other flight crews to provide AFRC flight operations support at both the Edwards AFB and Palmdale facilities.

Todd Daggett, i3’s Operations and Training Services lead for this contract also commented, “It is quite an honor to be associated with such skilled and experienced aircrew team members such as Brian. His professionalism and courage-under-fire are a testament to all the i3 men and women who provide such dedicated service to NASA.