Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations

David A. Dietsch
Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations


Dave Dietsch, of Arlington, Texas, is Vice Chairman of the Board for Field Operations. He joined AFA in 1981 and has served as the National Director for the Central Area and Texoma Region President. He is a Life Member.

Dietsch served as Texas State president, State Executive Vice President, Vice President for the North Area, and State Vice President for Industrial Relations. He served as Vice President for Operations of the Lubbock Chapter from 1995 to 1996, President for the Fort Worth Chapter from 2000 through 2002, Vice President for Communications and Aerospace Education of the Fort Worth Chapter from 2003-2006, and Vice President of Industrial Relations for the Chapter from 1998 to the present.

Dietsch was commissioned out of AFROTC at Miami of Ohio in 1966. He served in various positions in aircraft maintenance, munitions, supply and logistics, including Command of four aircraft maintenance squadrons (an MMS, an EMS, A CRS, and an AGS), two tours as a wing Deputy Commander for Maintenance, staff tours at HQ Tactical Air Command and the Air Force Logistics Management Center, Chief of both the Resource Management Division and the Commodities Production Division at OC-ALC, and DCS Logistics at 13th Air Force. Dietsch served in Vietnam, Thailand and several other locations in Indochina during the Vietnam conflict. He attended the Squadron Officer’s School in 1971, the Armed Forces Staff College in 1979, and the Air War College in 1982. He retired as a Colonel in 1992.

His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

After his retirement Dietsch held a position as Senior Principal Analyst at ARINC Research Corporation where he was responsible for managing three engineering research and development projects targeted at improving the technology used in depot engine maintenance processes. He subsequently worked for Lockheed Martin Logistics Management Company as on-site contract and program manager for the aircraft maintenance contract at the 64th Flying Training Wing from December 1993 until the closure of Reese AFB, TX in 1996. In 1997 he became the Director of DOD programs for the company in Arlington, Texas, managing nine maintenance and logistics contracts for the USAF, US Army, German Air Force, and NASA. During this period he also spent 8 months at Sheppard AFB managing the aircraft maintenance contract at the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard AFB. In 1998 Dave became an independent consultant and now assists several companies in pursuing aircraft maintenance and logistics business in support of USAF and other services initiatives to privatize non-combat logistics functions. He also does safety-related leadership training for industrial and commercial companies worldwide.

He and his wife Connie, have two grown daughters, Stephanie and Meredith. They reside in Arlington, Texas.