For Mike Overs, the sky was always in his career dreams.  His father was a licensed pilot and would frequently take Mike up in a plane or balloon.  Mike knew he wanted a technical career, but wanted a major where he could become a leader.  That’s why he selected Industrial Engineering.

Mike joined the Navy after graduation in its officer training program.  He spent two years being trained, first as an officer and then as an aviator.  “It was like a graduate degree,” Mike describes.  “There was a lot of math and science.”

Mike became qualified to fly F18’s.  “I liked the challenge of flying from aircraft carriers rather than a runway.”  For 13 years of his 20 year career in the Navy, Mike has logged 505 arrested landings aboard multiple US Navy aircraft carriers both day and night.  He saw duty in the first Gulf War.  On one flight, he had to eject and land in the Persian Gulf.  He was quickly rescued and continued flying after a short medical leave and incident inquiry.

Mike left active duty after 20 years, and joined the Navy as a civilian employee with NAVAIR.  “I chose to work in logistics because I saw firsthand the challenges of sustaining the fleet.

In NAVAIR, Mike quickly rose through the chain of command to eventually become the Executive for Operations for Logistics and Industrial Operations providing support for technical and business functions including strategic planning, policy development and continuous improvement activities.

“As an aviator, I became very used to processing information quickly,” Mike says.   “That’s critical to my current job.  I have to look beyond the symptoms and see the underlying problems that are often several levels deep.  I’ve also developed the ability to read people.  That’s also critical in my job.”

“Industrial Engineering is the ideal background for my job,” Mike says.  “We use Goldratt’ s Theory of Constraints in much of what we do.  That’s basically capacity analysis that I learned at WVU as a sophomore.  I can also see the manufacturer’s point of view when we work with suppliers.  That’s really helpful.”

It’s amazing to think of how much Industrial Engineering goes into keep a pilot in the air.


Michael E. “Mike” Overs


Mike Overs has more than 34 years’ experience in Naval Aviation including acquisition and sustainment logistics, program management, and a unique perspective of direct utilization of fielded products and processes as a former Naval Aviator during numerous combat deployments


His experience includes:


NAVAIR 6.0T Executive Operations, GS-15                                  September 12 – Current

Responsible for providing support to the Assistant Commander and Deputy Assistant Commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations Group in both strategic and daily operations of the organization, covering a wide range of technical and business functions to support strategic planning, policy development/guidance, and provide for the implementation and monitoring of continuous Process Improvement (CPI) tools and objectives across the National Competency.

Assistant Program Executive Officer-Logistics (APEO-L), GS-15     September 10 – Aug 12

Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, Patuxent River, MD

Responsible for Air ASW and Assault & Special Mission Program (PMA-207, 264, 290 and 299) logistics matters.

Lead Assistant Program Manager Logistics (APML), GS-15            March 07- January 11

NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MD

I was responsible for Acquisition and Lifecycle Logistics for the Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Program (PMA-290).

Director of Logistics, GS-14                                                                            August 04-March07

PMA-201, Patuxent River MD

I lead, supervised and managed a diversified group of logistics and contractor personnel for the overall multi-million dollar Air-to-Ground weapon systems in Lifecycle Logistics. I managed the total logistics effort and the development/execution of PMA-201 financial resources in support of the short-term and long-range plans/objectives for acquisition and sustainment logistics of the Precision Strike Weapons Office programs of record.  I completed a 6 month SEMDP rotational assignment with AIR-7.3.2 Total Force Readiness (TFR) office, PR-09 Manpower Assessment Team.

Director of Logistics, GS-14                                                                            August 02-August 04

PMA-259, Patuxent River MD

As the Air-to-Air Missile Office (PMA-259) Director of Logistics/Fleet Support Lead, I led, supervised and managed a diversified group of logistics and contractor personnel for the overall multi-million dollar Air-to-Air weapon systems. I managed the total logistics effort and the development/execution of PMA-259 financial resources in support of the short-term and long-range logistics plans/objectives of PMA-259.


Weapons System Integration (WSI) IPT Lead, Active Navy                      Oct 98-August 02

PMA-265, Patuxent River MD

Managed a diversified group of 52 engineering, logistics, contracting, legal, budget and finance personnel for overall weapon systems and armament equipment acquisition and integration for all variants of  the multi-Million Dollar F/A-18 TMS aircraft program. Responsible for leading efforts tied to weapon systems integration including logistics aspects of Developmental and Operational Testing for over 21 individual tactical weapon and avionics products.  Strategized support plans for the complete lifecycle of weapons programs employed by the F/A-18 TMS.

Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (Avionics),  Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


PROFESSIONAL TRAININGCompleted The Federal Executive Institute, ‘Leadership for a Democratic Society’, Mar 12

Completed Goldratt Institute Theory of Constraints Jonah Training, Jan 10

Completed NAVAIR AIRspeed Black Belt Training, Jun 08
Graduated from the Senior Executive Management Development Program (SEMDP), 28 Nov 07
Current Top Secret Security Clearance – Expires Oct 2014
Completed Acquisition Systems Sustainment Management (Log 102), Jan 2005
Completed Strike Leader Attack Training Syllabus At NAS Fallon, NV 26Feb93. Training centers on optimizing aircraft Tactics in order to maximize aircraft and weapon systems survivability and decrease vulnerability and susceptibility to modern day threats.
Completed Theory Of Constraint, Cause and Effect, Jonah Certification Program, Jan 10
NAVAIR Black Belt, Jun 08
DAWIA Level III Program Management Certified 17Jan01
DAWIA Level III Logistics Certified Oct 05
Member of Acquisition Professional Community 10 Dec 02
Active Duty: 08/1982 to 08/2002 – U.S. Navy
Campaign badges and/or expeditionary medals received: Air Individual Air Medal (Combat V). Strike Flight Air Medal.  Naval Commendation Medal (Combat V).  Multiple other individual and unit awards.
Honorable Discharge
Retirement Date: 08/01/2002Community Service and Leadership

·        Serving as an Elder for a Local Church responsible for the spiritual, organizational and fiduciary leadership and management of his local church of over 900 members

·        Active Member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS), Receiving Recognition of one of the Squad’s Top Responders for 2015



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